I like this. Totally different use case than the Apple watch. Just passive set and forget tracking of activity and sleep, super low-cost.
It could be the gateway drug to smarter wearables for a lot of people.
Considering that someone hacked/gained access to my PayPal account and bought about $2000 worth of Amazon and Ebay items and PayPal never caught it and even basically accused me of trying to scam them when I called in to report the fraud, they can take this ad and shove it.
It's a shame that distance charging isn't ready for primetime yet. The idea of the watch slowly charging while you're still wearing it in bed, or at your desk, or even if you do take it off and just set it on your nightstand, as long as you're within a few meters of the base station... that would be awesome. In a sense it would feel like unlimited battery life.
For some perspective, check out this thread about the original iPod release
"iPoop... iCry. I was so hoping for something more."
"Great just what the world needs, another freaking MP3 player."
"I still can't believe this! All this hype for something so ridiculous! Who cares about an MP3 player? I want something new! I want them to think differently!"
"A bad fit. This product is outside Apple's core competancy -...
I can't tell if that would be genius or crazy. Can you imagine if Steve actually taped a message back when he wasn't sure if he'd be around to see the launch of his last awesome project. "If you're watching me on this tape, that means I'm gone. I have no idea if these bozos have f****d up my awesome project but they better have done a good job."
I have to think that there is something even more than what we've been speculating.
A big iPhone, a watch, a payments system are all incredibly cool... but historic?
I think they've got another big something that nobody is going to see coming.