I'm still wearing my calculator watch from the mid 80's. It can even transform into a robot when the need arises, however it can't receive emails or text messages and I most certainly can't listen to music on it. It can still add, subtract, multiply and divide numbers though which is a plus.
Well I just crossed over today, Charles. My current service that I have had for the last six years has gone downhill. When I called yesterday to talk to them about it they acknowledged that they knew our area was having lots of problems but could offer no time frame as to when things would get better. It only made sense to change carriers and a Smart phone plan is now much more affordable since it is older news. The good news is, I am paying just ten more bucks than my old plan but now have 4G with 2.5 Gig of data a month. I don't care for these little touch screen key pads but didn't have much choice. But at least I can always hand it over to my savvy teenage son and ask him to send stuff or find stuff for me...
I guess I am the wrong person to be commenting - I still have a "dumb" phone with no internet access and my wonderful husband tried to buy me a tablet last week. After trying our son's tablet, I told him I would stick with my netbook with the "real" keyboard that has a screen that I can actually see things on. But my market segment is getting smaller and smaller. I bet our son and his friends would be all over that smart watch...
Nancy, your face photo is very clear and it measures only about about 5/8" square on my table top screen. (Sorry I haven't put mine in place yet, but believe, I'm doing you a favor!) I put my iPhone on my wrist, and it's not flattering, but works. Better is my elbow on the table with my arm raised about 45d. (picture rotated 90d from a wrist on table aspect) A group, maybe not so hot? I remember when they began to deliver high resolution on small screens and I thought 'what for', but it's amazing what you can see. (Especially with my readers on!) Maybe when the 'watch' is taken off, the band forms a natural cradle to lay on your desk at a good angle?
I take your point on the number of gadgets, but my lovely wife often has a watch, a iPhone, and an iPad whenever she's out and about!
That's a good point, Ken, and makes great sense but I also think that solution depends on how many gadgets a consumer is willing to buy. And of course development issues increase with additional interfaces even when we are all supposedly using the same standards. Interesting observation about video. It would get old looking like a Star Trek away team member holding a watch up to one's face - looks like that aspect would take some design work. Maybe an avatar instead? I like the idea of face to face communication for visual inputs like body language but would it be very discernible on that small a screen?
It occurs to me that an intermediate and less expensive step would be a bluetooth enabled interactive watch which uses the phone in your pocket (or pad in the vicinity) as the control base. This could be pulled out whenever the 'big' screen is required, with the watch display as more of a guick and continuous updating snapshot of what's up.
I too can see this for video. I'm sitting at my desk typing this, and my wrist is pointed in the general direction of my face, doesn't seem like it would take much to point the camera at it, or use face recognitian to orient the picture properly.
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