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Saturday, October 19, 2013

iWatch and iSee

This post is simply intended to vent my feelings about the smart watch.
I'd like to first throw out the prediction that the smart watch will be a big device and make tech companies plenty of money.
It's hard to say how long it will last, but I'm guessing like.. forever :)
You see, a watch is just something on your wrist. But let's face it, a smart watch is not a fucking watch is it. It's a personal computing device, just like your phone is today. In fact I really hope that Apple does not call it a watch or even use the word watch in their keynote. And I really believe that the smart watch (I'm allowed to call it that) has the potential to save Apple from a bit of a long term downturn (it'll take a while for iphone fever to lessen, but the 5c doesn't really cut it in my opinion).
Apple need to make their wrist-worn iDevice as damn hot as the first iphone. 
Everyone knew it was a smartphone and yet it blew everyone - and the entire smartphone (if you could call the Pre-iphone generation smartphones) market - away.
It must be beautiful, sophisticated, elegant, have a great screen (curved obviously) and a decent battery life, weight and pricing. It must also work seemlessly with the ifamily, but that's a given.
The market for that device is there. If the device is good enough.
I invisage this market breaking out into ever more sophisticated wrist/sleeve-worn devices, with ever more beautiful curved/flexible super high def screens.
The screens on devices that eventually enter this market will not stay like the Galaxy Gear, although it may be Samsung that makes the first move, they will get wider along the wrist (like those longish bracelets). That is also a very natural dimension considering TV dimensions (more natural than phones even).
Well I certainly look forward to Apple's offering in this space. I'm sure they can make it happen, just please don't call it a watch Apple. Let's have the iPulse please ;-)

UPDATE (2014)
Ok, they called it the fucking Apple Watch. And it ain't curved (except at the edges). But hey, I think it's a beautiful product and they did a damn good job - on paper - at least. Let's see what the finished product looks like in 2015.
And another thing. I wrote this before I bought my Oculus Rift DK2. In all honestly I lost interest in smart watches after catching the VR bug. VR is going to take us as a human race to places we cannot currently imagine.

2 comments:

Alex Lato said...

I agree - smart watch is a game changer.

Alex Lato said...

I agree - smart watch is a game changer.

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