The Wristwatch Is Reimagined. Will Young Shoppers Care?
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    The Wristwatch Is Reimagined. Will Young Shoppers Care?

    FYI, article in today's New York Times:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/20/bu....html?_r=1&hpw

    Abstract:

    < Last month at an H.P. event in Shanghai, Phil McKinney, the chief technology officer of the company’s personal systems group, displayed the MetaWatch, a prototype developed by Fossil that he described as the first generation of “the connected watch.”

    This version has Bluetooth, but the long-term vision is to give it the wireless capability to be the hub of every Internet-ready portable device you own — phone, laptop, tablet. The MetaWatch would be “the mobile Wi-Fi hotspot on your wrist,” Mr. McKinney said in the presentation. />

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    Re: The Wristwatch Is Reimagined. Will Young Shoppers Care?

    New York Times, great birdcage liner.
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    Re: The Wristwatch Is Reimagined. Will Young Shoppers Care?

    As someone who likes gadgets I find this interesting, especially as HP seem to be doing some cool things with WebOS since they acquired Palm.
    As a watch lover it does nothing for me though.
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    Meh!

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    Re: The Wristwatch Is Reimagined. Will Young Shoppers Care?

    Quote Originally Posted by Watchbreath View Post
    New York Times, great birdcage liner.
    Reading the Sunday Times is one of the few leisure activities left in my life, delivered before 7 AM, read before leaving for church at 9

    Agree this article was weak, the entire business section has gotten stale, but note the byline "Randall Stross is an author based in Silicon Valley and a professor of business at San Jose State University.

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    Re: The Wristwatch Is Reimagined. Will Young Shoppers Care?

    There is this strange progression whenever a new technology is developed:

    1. Invent something

    2. Make it smaller

    3. Attach a strap to it and wear it on the wrist

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    Re: The Wristwatch Is Reimagined. Will Young Shoppers Care?

    From the article: Marshal Cohen, chief retail analyst of the NPD Group, does not see the product’s appeal. The MetaWatch, he said, “was the right idea — five years ago...But we now have a communications hub: the smartphone,” he added. “Technology has passed the MetaWatch by.”

    Have to agree with that. Can't see readability being a positive over the latest generation of smartphones either.

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    Re: The Wristwatch Is Reimagined. Will Young Shoppers Care?

    Quote Originally Posted by Watchbreath View Post
    New York Times, great birdcage liner.
    +1

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