solipsismy wrote: »
I have absolutely no idea why you would read my statements questioning your comments about easily buying "technical experts" as a comment that suggests Apple has never bought another company for their tech. How are those even related to this conversation unless you're trying to move the conversation off point. But you win, I'll bit… RiM is a prime example when they bought QNX (and probably others) and yet it was far too late for them to make that work to counter the affects of their crumbling empire even as they were at the apex of their sales, revenue and profits so why do you think that simply buying a company, its people, its products, or its IP enough to weather any paradigm shift in a market? History clearly shows us that it's not. Buying don't mean shit if you don't know what to do with it and have it ready in time.
So explain to me why your comments about Fossil (which I assume holds for every other traditional watch maker in existence today) will exceed in the wearable CE market simply because they can throw money at the problem?
melgross wrote: »
I've already explained this pretty thoroughly. All I would be doing is repeating myself.
You pick the worst examples. Examples that have nothing to do with this discussion, because they don't relate . RIM buying QNX is nothing like a watch company hiring a few electronics engineers. These watches are pretty simple. They consist of an SoC, a battery, a screen, a couple of extra chips, and a button or two. They buy the SoC. They buy the other couple of chips, the battery, the screen and the buttons. This isn't a big deal. I could probably do it myself if I had the interest. The software co es from Google.
You're making this harder than it is. And you're doing it deliberately. You also ignore most of my argument, and don't even respond to it. It's because you have no answer to it.
You missed the basic point. Many of these cheap watches are going to look unsurprisingly like Fossil watch knockoffs; the net result is that there is brand dilution. So yeah, big overall market, little or no profits. Race to the bottom.
This is exactly the world that Android Wearables market will create, just like the world that Android OS created.
Only technically did Apple buy Next. Apple bought Steve Jobs as well, subsumed itself under him and the NeXT OS, and bingo, Apple Chapter Two. You might want to note, that Apple buys technology and then integrates it into its products, but always controlling it.
Your point only demonstrates that the Traditional Watch industry is risking its patina on a commodity OS. I'm not so sure that I would be so optimistic about the result.
Truth be told, I don't care what happens to the Traditional Watch in its quest for smarts, but you seem to have a great psychological need to see it happen. Good luck with that.
You just pointed out the facts; everybody and their brother can build a smartwatch from off the shelf components, or will be able to anyway.
I see a flood of usable, but second and third tier products from huge numbers of builders diluting your brands. You don't.