Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Dec 2012 15:50 UTC
Apple "According to Chinese gadget news site Tech.163, Apple may be in the process of developing its own smart watch that connects to your Apple devices via Bluetooth. Based on the report, Intel will be working with Apple to create the smart watch, with a 1.5-inch PMOLED display made by RiTDisplays with ITO-coated glass." It must be the holiday lull. I'm this close to putting this in the joke category.
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RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510
by novad on Fri 28th Dec 2012 13:02 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510"
novad
Member since:
2010-06-10

Hello MOS6510

I appreciate your answer.

I didn't realize it was a joke and a reference to Knight Rider (My fault)

I don't think smart watches will ever have any success. It's not a question of Apple or anyone else making them.

The main problem with such a smartwatch is its size… To be usable it must have a big screen (Maybe not 4’’… but big enough). If it has a minimalistic screen it can be used for very limited tasks like:

- Answer/reject calls
- Bluetooth music player
- Hum… heuuuuu… Maybe pay stuff with a NFC chip

With a big screen, it's simply that you (Generic you... Not you MOS6510 :-) ) look stupid, except for specific tasks like jogging.

It's not the kind of object people like to show or are proud of.

That makes it an expensive gadget for a niche market.

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RE[6]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Fri 28th Dec 2012 13:11 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

My jokes are often presented in a serious way and cause such reactions to my sadistic amusement. :-p

I don't think the screens needs to be very big. It's only used for time and notifications, perhaps some media controls. Voice control (Siri)?

But to succeed it needs to have some good specifications and not be made from cheap material, this will drive the price up, add to this profit margin and it may become an expensive watch. Add a little more money and you got yourself a (small) tablet.

So I do think an Apple watch can be useful, but I doubt it can be good AND affordable AND make Apple enough money for them to go ahead with it. I guess they would if millions of Android users would dance in the rain with their Android watches, but they aren't so Apple might not do it.

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RE[7]: Comment by MOS6510
by novad on Fri 28th Dec 2012 13:33 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by MOS6510"
novad Member since:
2010-06-10

Let's imagine a funny device (No need to talk about who makes it for now) that I could also appreciate:

Ok... A watch... How should it be:

- no (too) visible difference with a "normal" watch.
- Voice recognition
- It MUST have 3-4-Whatever-G
- bluetooth connection with other device for:
--- Phone answer/reject (Must work in conjunction with a headset)
--- Read media from portable device (Music / Radio) (still has to work in conjunction with a headset).
--- Biometric records and real-time advices for cardiovascular training (like a Polar Watch) (Another one commented about it and it's a good idea)
--- Stream media to other devices (TV / Radio / Computer)
- NFC for easy payments
- Cable-less charging
- Wifi (client and hotspot)
- Open protocols to communicate with a maximum of devices
- And a little personal touch... Why not a little steampunk touch :-)

Edited 2012-12-28 13:37 UTC

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