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Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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6/18/2014 | 12:25:47 PM
Body AND brains
Wearables are unique in that they're not like an accessory, they ARE an accessory. So I agree with the writer's assessment that wearables should be sleek and eye-catching. But not at the expense of tech brains and guts. It may be tempting to quickly release gorgeous hardware. But if the beauty is skin-deep (as beautiful things often are) users will bail. All wearable makers should keep the Apple model in mind: Look great, but work great.
Laurianne
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6/18/2014 | 12:20:18 PM
Re: Design wins
Ariella, that seems much more sensible for devices you wear to work out, for example. Weave the tiny sensor into the shoes or the t-shirt. Of course Fitbit is not clunky. I wonder if we won't see more devices that look like a jewelry locket also.
Ariella
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Ariella,
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6/18/2014 | 11:58:08 AM
Re: Design wins
The other way to go is not to build up the sensor into something fashionable but let it disappear into the clothing. That's the idea behind the small, flexible sensors made by MC10. 
ChrisMurphy
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6/18/2014 | 11:27:32 AM
Design wins
The Internet of things will push some companies to design customer-facing software systems for the first time. Makers of industrial products might dismiss "fashion" as too fancy a notion for its products, but it's hard to overstate the importance of design when it comes to customer-facing mobile interfaces, for example.  
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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6/18/2014 | 11:26:57 AM
Clunkers
I agree that I would feel self-conscious wearing a big, clunky wearable on my wrist. Wrist devices must be sleek in order to appeal to the many people who don't even wear big watches. Proportion matters. A Pebble looks different on different people.
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