Reports: Apple Designing, Testing New Smart Watch
February 11, 2013 11:50 AM
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The tech giant is already in talks with manufacturer Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. for the new device
It's common for people to carry more than one portable device these days. When we're not glued to our smartphones, we typically have a laptop or tablet nearby for heavier workloads or just the convenience of a bigger screen. But Apple is looking to add another must-have device to our growing collection.
Apple is currently testing designs for a smart watch, which would act like a
. According to
The New York Times
The Wall Street Journal
, Apple could be using bendable glass (such as that made by Corning) to create a watch that curves with the human body.
The tech giant is already in talks with manufacturer Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. for the new device. Hon Hai has been working on new technologies for wearable devices, such as more efficient displays and chips at that size.
However, Apple has released no design or feature details yet. The device is still in early testing, but it is expected to be very different from current wearable devices. It could have a range of apps available on-the-go as well as features like GPS.
Many popular wearable devices today, such as Jawbone and Nike's FuelBand, are used to keep an eye on physical activity. These devices can be linked to a smartphone to help people keep track of their fitness goals.
Smart watches attempted to make an introduction long before now, but failed. For instance, Microsoft tried out a smart watch concept called SPOT (smart personal objects technology) in 2003, but it didn't go anywhere.
WIMM, a Silicon-Valley based tech company, introduced its
WIMM Wearable Platform
back in 2011. But again, the idea just didn't seem to take off.
Considering Apple's success in the mobile realm, it'd be no surprise that the Cupertino giant could lead the way to the next evolutionary step in mobile devices: smart technology right on your wrist.
The New York Times
The Wall Street Journal
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2/11/2013 12:17:29 PM
what is the point of having apps on my wrist... when i already have them in my palm? with such a tiny screen, and small confines for the CPU/RAM, how useful could this thing possibly be? smart watches have been around for a while (android), but they haven't taken off because they are a novelty item.
even if the watch functions as a second screen to your phone (displaying incoming emails and the like) i still can't see the point. the screen would be too small to be useful (apple is a fan of tiny screens, right, iphone users?), and you'd still have to hold it up to your face to read the email... exactly the same motion you do when reading email on your phone.
given that this thing is an apple, expect metrosexual design, a pricetag of at least 300 dollars, and it'll cost extra if you want it to tell time.
at least it'll be that much easier to tell the fools apart; no longer will you have to wait for them to open their mouths or take out their phones; just look at their wrists.
2/11/2013 1:37:43 PM
As a different poster already indicated, Sony already has a SmartWatch out that connects to any Android device. It gives a pretty good interface to several apps that are on the phone. So you can quickly see who is calling you, check to see what the text message was (or email), and if it is important... all without having to take your phone out of your pocket.
It does have it's uses.. but it's just another attempt of Apple to copy something that already exists, and say that they are innovating.
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