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9 Myths About Wearable Computers
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Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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11/19/2013 | 11:49:32 PM
Re: Different markets
Tom, this is really a good point - the wearable device should not only be smart but also be of "plug and forget". We need to fully enjoy its powerful and cutting-edge functionalities/features instead of worrying about its battery life, etc. In other words, we cannot spend more time in baby-sitting those devices from time to time - the working day is already hectic and we cannot afford to have extra complexity.
WKash
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11/19/2013 | 5:02:27 PM
Re: Useability and functionality
Look fo rearly clues from the military on what's really functional in the way of wearable tech.  One byproduct may be new innovatios in powering all that tech.
Kristin Burnham
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11/19/2013 | 3:44:57 PM
Re: Design
I agree with Alex. The technology can be cool and the use cases can be practical, but if it looks goofy, no one will buy it. Design is just as important as its applications.
Thomas Claburn
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11/19/2013 | 1:05:29 PM
Re: Different markets
The utility of wearable tech will depend a lot on clever software that automates actions based on monitored data. Think Google Now, but better still. We really don't need to be baby-sitting more devices while on the move.
Alex Kane Rudansky
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11/19/2013 | 12:30:10 PM
Design
I think design is a huge factor that will affect wearable tech growth. If a wearable is obtrusive (as some have argued Glass is), it's going to be a harder sell, even if the technology is there. Personally, I think the Jawbone Up has the design but lags in the technology, and Fitbit has the tech but lags in the design, which looks like an over-sized rubber watch. Once the tech and design come together seamlessly, I think we'll see a jump in growth.
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11/19/2013 | 11:31:07 AM
Re: Different markets
I think the Economist struck a pretty good note on the opportunities Vs the pitfalls of the Google Glass technologies in a piece in last week's print edition. there is clearly the privacy issues but set against that are some exciting possibilities and usages. I think the myth about being first to market is spot on as I think it will take manufacturers some time to get both the form and the function right for consumers.
Nicole Ferraro
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11/19/2013 | 10:49:10 AM
Different markets
This was really interesting and useful, thanks. I find myself scratching my head when the subject of wearable tech comes up because it's really not "new" and it's also not nearly specific enough to appeal to average consumers. That latter point is covered in Myth #1, and I do think that piece is a big hurdle here. If wearable technology remains too broadly defined and encompasses a whole range of products and services, how will consumers even know what they want, and what to go shopping for? The industry needs to alter its messaging to appeal to consumers' needs. While I'm not a Google Glass fan, I think that Google has managed to generate buzz around the product by marketing it for what it is, and not throwing it into the "wearable tech" bucket.
Stephanie W
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11/19/2013 | 10:08:55 AM
Useability and functionality
Great post! And to your point, if the device isn't useable and functional; that is serves a clear, needed purpose, no matter how "cool" or "neat" it is, it won't get off the ground.


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