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Originally Posted by waldobushman View Post

Wearable devices becoming the next consumer battleground? No chance. Google and Samsung are responding to rumor sites that Apple was preparing something or other, or to some guys who read too many comic books as a kid (and still does).

No, there is no market for wearables, generally.

PS: Apples iWatch -- it's their new TV.

There is not currently a market for wearables. I think there will be soon. There's so much smoke, there's got to be a fire.

-Tim Cook's expressed intense interest in wearables
-Apple has hired execs from Nike and fashion companies
-Apple has patents for wristband battery cells and other related tech

I have no idea when (apparently SOMETHING new is coming in 2014), but it seems inevitable. People also doubted that the iPhone and iPad existed ...
post #42 of 54
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Originally Posted by Yojimbo007 View Post

I guess u occasionally have dinner with Tim .. Thats how u know him so well ha?

 

Wait what? You need to have dinner with someone to tell if they are a visionary or not? No, it's called past performance.

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Originally Posted by Ursadorable View Post
 

 

I've been saying this since the idea was floated that Apple was working on an "iWatch", but the naysayers told me I was crazy and it would be the next best thing since sliced bread.  Funny though, they never could articulate why it might be life changing.

 

I rather prefer to believe it's Apple trolling the competition so they waste their R&D trying (and failing) to outsmart Apple.

 

To be honest, if Apple does come out with such a product, I'll be disappointed in the company.  People may say I'm not a visionary, but neither is Mr. Cook.

Apple may see wearables as they see the Apple TV-an important, though not crucial, part of the ecosystem. I might be wrong, but I think cumulative sales of Apple TV are at ~13 million. If Apple sells at least as many "iWatches" as Apple TVs at twice the cost or more ($200-$250) they might be happy. An Apple smartwatch might take off, but Tim would be happy with an accessory that increases ecosystem stickiness and adds value to high revenue grossing products (i.e., iTunes, Mac, iPad, and iPhone).

For your sake, I hope you're right.
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post #44 of 54
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Originally Posted by OllieWallieWhiskers View Post

launched like google glass, or launched like the nexus 7? cuz these are very different things.

Doesn't matter. Google can't market and ship their own hardware at scale. 

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post #45 of 54
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Originally Posted by sog35 View Post

It will be just as UGLY as the SamDUNG Galaxy Gear.

Face it Google and Samsung have ZERO taste.

http://www.fastcodesign.com/3016268/google-the-redesign
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post #46 of 54

I can't see the utility in a smart watch no matter how hard I try. I'm open to ideas...actively looking for them, but I just can't see it. What could I possibly gain from a smart watch or even an exercise band?

 

- Tell me how many steps I took? This is gimmicky. I don't need to know this to run at a certain speed for twenty minutes, or to lift weights (I'm a lifetime runner/ex-collegiate athlete). Fitness is monitored by what exercise you do and when you do it. Monitoring how far you walked today is silly unless you're old, and even then it's a black and white thing...not something that demands technology. You either went for your daily walk or you didn't.

- The time? Too many alternatives from zero to cheap.

- Monitor my heart rate? Again, gimmicky. If you feel exhausted, slow down or stop. You don't need a piece of technology to tell you that you aren't working hard enough or that you're working too hard. You need definite rep numbers, definite time limits, and a normal amount of self awareness. Sure, monitor my heart rate...if I'm old. But why? The body already says, "I'm tired" when it's tired.

- Check messages? Okay...geez, if you're willing to pay over $200 to solve the "problem" of reaching into your pocket. Alright, maybe if you work in the stock market? But then...if you NEED to look at your messages that often, you probably need to reply quite a bit, too...in which case you're going to use a phone.

- Monitor your sleep? Another gimmick. I don't care if you know somebody who knows somebody who benefited from this. Here's how to get better sleep: Cut down on caffeine, especially in the afternoon. Eat regular meals strong in green veggies, light on refined carbs, and don't eat later than seven or so. Wake up at roughly the same time every morning, no matter how much sleep you got - your body will regulate itself and eventually adjust to a bed time that matches your wake time appropriately. What is your watch going to tell you...that you should do the things I just suggested because your sleep sucks? You already have a barameter for this...it's called being tired and irritable and other obvious things.

- Check weather? God, I know I sure need to have the weather on my wrist...never know when the distance to my pocket is going to overwhelm me.

- Blood pressure? Sheesh, again, you have a body...you'll feel light headed if you've pushed too hard.

 

This whole watch thing is straight up a gimmick. It is awkward to hold your arm up like this, and I've never known a single peer/athlete who uses these. I've seen people who buy Fitbits...they are people who buy gimmicks because they don't know how to exercise. The idea that actual "athletes" use these is absurd.  Somebody bought one for me for Christmas. They meant well, but...really? I'm 6'4, 205, and less than 10% body fat. They bought it not because they knew what I'd do with it, but because they think what everybody else thinks, "technology helps you!" There is no information this thing could give me that wouldn't be superfluous to a straight forward, time and rep delimited workout.  What I need to know is what I ate this week, whether I cheated on sleep, how many reps I did at what weight, and how long I ran at what speed and what intervals. And no, I don't need to know my &%# weight. Weight has nothing to do with it...so throw  out the scale, too. Take your fingers and pinch your flab. Do you have too much? Then run more often, get more of your carbs from veggies and less from anywhere else, or better and more efficient, lift more weight to add muscle so your body passively burns calories while you're doing nothing. Build your biggest muscles (quads, chest) by doing simple reps with squats and bench press, add merely a few pounds of muscle and watch the calories burn while you sleep. You don't need this crap. There's a reason the people on the treadmills are "heavier" than the people who lift...they only burn calories when they run, versus the lifters who have more muscle that burns calories all day long, including during sleep.

 

There is simply no utility in this kind of device. It's an anachronism...a retro futuristic product that became obsolete once the future got here. The people who invented these sci fi devices were simply making faster horses...taking existing technology, making it smaller, and imagining it being on the wrist without any knowledge that other technology would make this idea obsolete. My money is on Apple not making one. At best, they'll make a "fuel band." But I hope not. I'd rather them get their iCloud $%# together.

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What do Americans use to emphasize something to make it even stronger? Call something very big and use a little name, like 'biggie'?

I guess in this case I'll use 'the author seems a bit biased'.

Thanks for the good read though.
Android seems to be an illiterate product, as they only have numbers to show for.
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post #48 of 54
Originally Posted by PhilBoogie View Post
What do Americans use to emphasize something to make it even stronger? Call something very big and use a little name, like 'biggie'?

 

And bigger than that: Boogie. ;)

 

 

Okay, I’m still waiting for the list to show something that anyone would consider ‘crave-worthy’.

“The only thing more insecure than Android is its userbase.” – Can’t Remember

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post #49 of 54

When rumours of the iPad came out I thought 'Who would buy a bloody big iPhone', now I can't do without the iPad. My lesson has been learnt, IF Apple does bring out a watch I am confident it will change peoples perception of what a watch can/should be.

 

Who knows maybe Apple is working on a ye-olde style pocket watch ;).

 

Edit: changed a word


Edited by CrashMyTstDummy - 10/29/13 at 10:36pm
post #50 of 54
Two words come to mind.

Yawni and Pass-adena.
post #51 of 54

Hey Eric, when someone is shaking your hand, you are supposed to look them in the eyes.  I guess looking away is his way of saying "Steve, Google's in the process of copying your iOS devices".

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LOL TS!

And don't hold your breathe waiting, I just don't see it ever coming.
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post #53 of 54
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Originally Posted by Maestro64 View Post
 

Only a small population has the money to automate their homes, Ask AT&T, VZ and Comcast about this, they all offer products to do this for people who have the money. This is not the next great consumer product it is a niche market.

It depends on what you want to automate.  If it's just simply turning off/on and adjusting lights, anything can do that with something like what Belkin, Philips Hue, etc.   That's basic stuff.  But if you want FULL automation, the big boys like Crestron, Savant, Control 4, etc. etc. integrate and develop apps for mobile devices to control whatever is connected. 


But home automation IS becoming more popular with businesses of all sizes and homes.  It's just what you want to do and with what budget.

 

All of this is new and some of it very affordable and easy to set up and some of it is more full feature and ripping expensive. But like anything, the average costs are coming down and functionality is going up.

post #54 of 54
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Originally Posted by CrashMyTstDummy View Post

When rumours of the iPad came out I thought 'Who would buy a bloody big iPhone', now I can't do without the iPad. My lesson has been learnt, IF Apple does bring out a watch I am confident it will change peoples perception of what a watch can/should be.

Who knows maybe Apple is working on a ye-olde style pocket watch 1wink.gif .

Edit: changed a word

I'm thinking these new leather iPhone cases are a pilot for learning how to make quality leather products… like, say a watch band.
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