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kharrison212
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kharrison212,
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11/4/2014 | 10:06:56 AM
Monitoring will have issues
The article described the requirement to wear the watch to build up a history, it even stated that it could track sleep patterns to show the type of rest you encounter during the night. 

How do you charge the device while sleeping?  These smart watches need to be able to run a month or more to be useful, maybe even a year.  If it is in a tracking mode maybe it shouldn't display anything until it has enough data for a useful download and have a simple second battery to display real time of day.

It isn't useful if it can't collect the data, and real time data (no history) isn't very useful
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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11/3/2014 | 4:21:31 AM
Re: GPS independence, good; battery life, weak; need for accuracy, overblown
More use cases should be supported instead of simply recording your body data for healthcare purpose. For sure it will push for adoption. Another concern is the price - how will the price look like when it's on market?
mak63
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mak63,
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11/2/2014 | 11:43:45 PM
Re: Hmmmm
@malharden & jgherbert
Is it a coincidence that the coverage of MSFT devices starts with the word "issues" in the title, while the coverage of Apple devices is generally warm and flowery?

I was trying to think what other word to use instead of "issues"

Reading the nine key issues, we could certainly use "points", "topics" or "considerations" instead, don't you agree?
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11/2/2014 | 10:38:31 PM
Re: GPS independence, good; battery life, weak; need for accuracy, overblown
I think Microsoft band will make a greater impact becuase of its connectivity with healthvualt.  Healthvault allows for people to access and understand their information much better. The problem I see is that there is very few people interested with PHRs in general.

 

smart watches don't have the utility factors as smartphones.  I really believe if they can be used in specific setting such as home based care or telehealth this will really push their adoption among people.
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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11/2/2014 | 9:37:46 PM
Re: Microsoft band Wearables
This is a concern for tech age. At the begining we are all excited about the convenience and the fancy part of the new product. Soon at least some of us will get tired of wearing all these devices everyday and pay attention to the data gathered/analysis report generated. But let's see how it will move forward - when consumers are tired of old products, something new will definitely show up.
tekedge
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10/31/2014 | 5:38:04 PM
Microsoft band Wearables
I am skeptical about this product  as usual. I do not know whether having so many gadgets on your body is really worth it and how accurate it is going to be. And do we need to know all the readings from our body all the time. I think it will be a norm slowly but how  many people are ready to embrace it is a wait and watch game. We are going to be slaves to technology soon if we are already not....
Thomas Claburn
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10/31/2014 | 4:12:03 PM
Re: GPS independence, good; battery life, weak; need for accuracy, overblown
The problem I have with wearables of this sort, whether from Microsoft, Apple, or Google, is that they're niche products with mass market pretensions. Smartphones make sense -- there's a benefit to having a small Internet-connected computer in your pocket. Watches that convey notifcations, are tied to smartphones, or independently offer communication and biometric data services make sense only to a subset of the smartphone audience, and probably not a very large subset.

Wearables like this show the tech industry acting like Hollywood -- we had a hit with the smartphone, now let's make it again as a wrist-mounted device.
Michael Endler
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10/31/2014 | 3:27:32 PM
Re: GPS independence, good; battery life, weak; need for accuracy, overblown
@rradina, I believe your skepticism is justified. I think those sorts of corporate wellness programs will start to become more common, but I also have reservations about them. In terms of policy precedents, I'm not sure it's a great idea to give corporations more control over employees' private lives, since I already consider the employer-employee dynamic to be pretty one-sided in favor of the former. I also think some of these wellness programs, while potentially useful and arguably well-intentioned, somewhat sidestep political and economic issues related to rising health care costs. These concerns aside, I think wearable technology has the potential to positively affect user health. Privacy concerns and skepticism are necessary-- but I'm holding out at least some optimism.
Lorna Garey
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10/31/2014 | 2:44:44 PM
Re: One to watch (haha, get it?)
"Microsoft still finds a way to set the barn on fire with all the horses inside." It's true, isn't it! However, I think competitors count MS out of any market at their peril. It certainly has the money to stay the course and undercut competing offerings in most areas, should it choose to. To wit, some recent poll data, below. Maybe it's fine with third, biding its time until a market leader stumbles.

 Microsoft's Future in the Smartphone Market
       
Microsoft is trying to snag smartphone market share from Android and iOS. Which statement best describes your expected outcome?
         
Microsoft will capture a significant slice of the market 9%      
Microsoft will inch up but remain a distant third 65%      
No way; it's only a matter of time until Microsoft gives up and exits the market 26%      
         
Base: 200 respondents involved with selecting, deploying, or managing operating systems for tablets and/or smartphones
Data: InformationWeek 2015 Windows Survey of 330 business technology professionals, September 2014  
rradina
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rradina,
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10/31/2014 | 2:14:13 PM
Re: GPS independence, good; battery life, weak; need for accuracy, overblown
Incented as in big (corporate) brother monitoring them with a smart band?
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