Good point, Rob. Out-teching the smart phones is probably the only way to salvage the market. If they could put the phone in the watch (think of Dick Tracy's wrist radio), they might successfully combine two markets into one bigger one.
Maybe, but maybe flexibility will solve this. My wrist measures about 7" around, my iPhone 5 measures about 5x2.3, the screen only 3.5x2". In other words, it could wrap around my wrist with room to spare were it flexible. Taken off ones wrist and flattened, it could be bigger than it is now. The potential for wearable electronics is limited only by our imagination and the technology that springs from it.
I agree with the limitations of the small screen. There will invariably be some apps that still work great on the small screen, but a watch-sized display will have limited functionality. I do eventually see a camera and a phone function that will be worn on your wrist that will allow you to video-conference others.
a.saji has expressed my biggest concern - I cannot imagine even attempting to do anything worthwhile on such small screens. I have a Rumor Touch that has a 3 inch diagonal screen size and after attempting to use it for internet access a few times, I disabled that feature to save money on my plan. On the flip side - I am one of the few that appreciate a real wrist watch and wear one two-three times a week. I have noticed more people wearing them nowadays - I think they are making a comeback.
So looks like the wrist watch has gone social or mobile or both ? I think it's a good option to have but will be a bit difficult to operate as a mobile device since the texting and reading will be a bit more difficult since we are kind of used to a much bigger screen than a wrist watch screen.
"While looking at my watch one day I noticed what appeared to be random ones and zeros on the watch band, but then I noticed that the ones and zeros were actually ASCII, with the message "Listen To The Light". I felt like Ralph on "The Christmas Story" decoding Little Orphan Annie's message."
This will become a "happy thought" for me when I am in a engineering funk. Thanks for sharing!
This may be the only way watches can save their market. Tons of people, including myself, quit wearing watches when they started carrying cell phones. The only way back for watches is to out-tech the smart phones.
Timex had a smart watch back in the Nineties. The Timex Datalink had a personal organizer App, and allowed the user to download other Apps into the watch. It was a simple dot matrix display, but the battery life was excellent. The really clever part of the watch was the way it would sync with your computer. The watch had a phototransistor that was used to detect an NRZ data stream from your monitor. Your monitor would display a series of lines, representing the Start, Stop and ten Data Bits, and the watch would see the data bit when the particular line was scanned, much like a light pen. It was really a clever interface, and a wireless download to your watch took only seconds.
While looking at my watch one day I noticed what appeared to be random ones and zeros on the watch band, but then I noticed that the ones and zeros were actually ASCII, with the message "Listen To The Light". I felt like Ralph on "The Christmas Story" decoding Little Orphan Annie's message.
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