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What Apple's iWatch Can Learn From Pebble 97

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Many believe Apple's iWatch will marry the looks of a luxury wristwatch with the powerful sensors found in today's fitness wristbands, and, of course, familiar elements from the iPhone and iPad shrunken down and reconfigured to work from your wrist. Apple is undoubtedly full of its own ideas. But it would also benefit from looking at the progenitor of the modern smartwatch—or rather, its steely successor—both as inspiration and as a model to surpass."
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What Apple's iWatch Can Learn From Pebble

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  • Re:Form factor (Score:4, Insightful)

    by knarf ( 34928 ) on Sunday March 30, 2014 @06:27PM (#46616985) Homepage

    No, it isn't. There is a reason I never replaced that watch I lost somewhere on a mountain in Switzerland - I always had to take the thing off because it was in the way. From building to logging to working the land on the farm to fixing the tractor to repairing the $random_piece_of_electronics to $insert_random_activity, the first thing I usually did was take of the watch and put it somewhere out of the way, both to save it from grievous harm as well as to save my arm from the results of getting the thing trapped in some piece of machinery.

    Maybe watches work for desk jockeys? In that case it might be the ultimate form factor for *some* of the target group for wearable electronics, but not for everyone.

    The optimal form factor for wearable electronics is a neural implant. Just don't forget the spam filter...

  • by SuperKendall ( 25149 ) on Sunday March 30, 2014 @07:12PM (#46617239)

    Maybe watches work for desk jockeys?

    I always found the strap was annoying when letting my wrists rest near a keyboard.

    Watches also interfere with your sleeves when wearing a dress shirt.

    Watches were fun for a while when I was young, but I never missed them after I started using my phone as a watch and it would take quite a bit of compelling reasons beyond what I see now to get me to wear a watch again.

"Never face facts; if you do, you'll never get up in the morning." -- Marlo Thomas