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Not the wearables we’re waiting for – Dan Frommer

Google watch wearables

Wearables continue to attract headlines. Yet there’s little interest in the current crop of tiny devices outside of the geek bubble.

The hardware is often impressive.Yet most of the time it is still clumsy. Often too clumsy to be practical. Early wearable software is still based on formats more suited to bigger screen devices like smartphones. And the supporting services aren’t ready either.

Dam Frommer nails this nicely in an essay at Quartz. He says:

While it’s impressive how small today’s computers can get, Google and its partners have still failed to demonstrate truly compelling use cases—let alone “rich user experiences”—that will create a mass market for $200+ smartwatches. In almost every example during Singleton’s presentation, simply accessing a smartphone—an activity Google says its one billion Android users already do an average of 125 times a day—seems like it would be a more capable and comfortable solution. (And there’s no either/or option here—today’s smartwatches must be paired to a phone in the vicinity to access the internet.)



3 thoughts on “Not the wearables we’re waiting for – Dan Frommer

  1. The google glass makes everyone I’ve seen wear it yet look like a total dork (and those are the people who started out well down the “dork” scale to begin with). The smart watches, besides the Pebble, all look like what they are (either HUGE and semi-functional or HUGE and sort of limited crap)… I agree with you about some of the apps, but until they feel like they are meant for that sized screen (as you point out) they are useless.

    1. Google and people inside the tech geek bubble massively underestimate the dork factor. Maybe Apple can fix it, but I still think we’re at least a generation away from lift-off.

  2. I think Google are on the right track with Google Glass but that they shouldn’t be trying to make it look like a computer strapped to your head but like a pair of sunglasses. Like these but a hell of a lot cheaper.

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