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Entries tagged: Wearables

Looking forward, wearable technology is going to become incredibly important. I should document that rise.

Android Wear, From an Actual User

Russell Ivanovic:

I won’t lie to you, whenever my timeline fills up with negative articles about new technology from people who haven’t even touched it, I die a little inside. I get that the sports team you’ve chosen to support didn’t release it. I get that all other sports teams are not as good as yours. I get that you view everything your sports team does in a positive light, and everything the opposing teams do in a negative light…but you know these aren’t sports teams right? They are companies.

So I won’t lie to you: Android Wear is pretty close to what I want from Apple. I think Apple can and will do it better, more refined, etc., but I think people who want something that isn’t “just” a notification device and “just” a health tracker are going to be disappointed.

Pebble Steel: Business Class

Nilay Patel for The Verge:

The new Pebble Steel changes that. For $249 you get virtually the same internals as the original Pebble inside a tighter, smaller metal case that comes with metal and leather bands. There’s also an all-new app for iOS and Android, and a new Pebble app store that makes customizing your watch easier than ever. The little company at the front of the wearable market is pushing forward with design and software while it still has the lead — but the big question is whether it can move fast enough to keep ahead.

Unfortunately, and Nilay neglects to mention this, it seems the answer to that question is no, Pebble can’t move fast enough to keep ahead. The Pebble Steel is a prettier-more-expensive version of last year’s Pebble; the internals are the same. That’s not moving forward.

Smart Watches and Computers On Your Face

Marco Arment on wearables:

But why do we need “smart” watches or face-mounted computers like Google Glass? They have radically different hardware and software needs than smartphones, yet they don’t offer much more utility. They’re also always with you, but not significantly more than smartphones. They come with major costs in fashion and creepiness. They’re yet more devices that need to be bought, learned, maintained, and charged every night. Most fatally, nearly everything they do that has mass appeal and real-world utility can be done by a smartphone well enough or better.

Sounds like you’ve talked yourself out of wanting a smart watch, Marco. You’re right, we don’t “need” one. That’s nice; you don’t have to buy one. Five bucks says you do, when Apple comes out with there’s, on day one.

Google Glass Revision Looks Even Dorkier Than the Original

Armando Rodriguez for TechHive:

It was very clear that the original Glass was a prototype, but these images don’t exactly inspire confidence in Google’s high tech wearable.

Now with more earpiece!


Samsung’s new ad for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch bears resemblance to the very first iPhone ad — “Hello”. I agree 100% with what Matthew Panzarino had to say about that:

There is absolutely nothing wrong with Samsung taking inspiration from the ‘Hello’ spot. However—and this is an important note — Samsung is a company which has had a billion-dollar judgement against it for copying Apple’s work.

If I was a company which had gained a reputation for copying Apple’s work, the last thing I’d want is to have my advertising associated with anything they’d ever done.

The September Issue

Michael Lopp:

I don’t have a clue about the design or feature set of the alleged iWatch, but I do know two things. First, the name iWatch is a bad name because the least interesting thing this device will likely do is tell the time, but we got over iPad, right? Second, it’ll go on your wrist and when people see it (and they will, as it will be designed to be easily visible), nearby humans will either think or say, “OoOOooooo. They have an iWatch,” not primarily because of what it does, but how it makes them feel.

Fitbit Flex

Kyle Baxter on his use of the Fitbit Flex:

What’s important, too, is that it hasn’t turned me into a calorie-counting, joyless automaton. It hasn’t turned eating into something that’s purely for providing energy and nutrients. I don’t always avoid large meals or dessert because it might bump me over my calorie target for the day. In fact, it’s been liberating, because it’s helped me impose a bit of discipline in my regular eating, so having an occasional large meal or a dessert doesn’t feel shameful at all—it’s something that I can enjoy without worrying that I’m eating terribly. I know I’m consistently eating well, so occasional indulgence won’t hurt.

The iWatch

Jean-Louis Gassée:

Turning to more advanced functionality: Will the iWatch be an iOS device? I think it’s very likely. That doesn’t mean that the iWatch will be an iPhone/iPod Touch, only smaller. Instead, and as we see with today’s Apple TV, the iWatch will enrich the iOS ecosystem: Reasonably useful on its own, but most important as a way to increase the value/enjoyment of other iDevices… at least for now.

I can tell you this much: the ‘iWatch’1 is real. Past that, we can only guess. This article is chock full of glorious speculation, and the above paragraph I agree with 100%. The iWatch will be more-or-less an iOS accessory, like the Apple TV. Certainly, you can use an Apple TV on its own, but it is a whole lot more valuable in the company of a Mac and/or iPhone and/or iPad. The iWatch will be the same.

  1. Count me in the group that hated the name ‘iPad’ when it was announced, but I digress: ‘iWatch’ is not a good name. ↩︎

iWatch ‘Definitely’ Not Coming This Year, Unless It Does

Brian Barrett, trying to make Gizmodo look smarter than everyone else:

There are headlines this morning, in abundance, that an Apple iWatch will be coming in 2013. They are declarative. They are definitive. They are wrong. The iWatch might be coming this year, or might come in 2015, or it might not come at all.

Let me get this straight: the rumors tech sites are reporting on this morning are wrong, because they may or may not be true.

My favorite part:

Of course Apple is seeking to release an iWatch this year; it’s already ceded too much ground to Nike and Fitbit and Pebble for comfort.

Way too much ground.

Theorizing the Apple iWatch

Bruce Tognazzini:

What will follow is not based on insider information but a solid understanding of Apple, its products, the problem, and the opportunity. The Apple iWatch development team I expect exists is likely already well ahead of the ideas I’m suggesting here.

This piece is far too long and detailed for me to pull out any best part. Just read it. I think we could see an Apple smart watch by the end of the year.