Bluetooth Watch

By Deane Barker on March 20, 2011

Wristwatches, Reimagined – Will Young Shoppers Care?: This is kinda cool, but who really wears a watch anymore?  I mean, people under, say, 50.  I think they’re reaching with this one.

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.

[…] able to notify the wearer, for example, “when you’ve got 4 more e-mails, 3 Facebook updates and 10 Tweets.” He said buttons on the watch could be programmed to dispatch canned responses.

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  1. “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.”

    Umm…yeah. We have a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot already; it’s called a cell phone.

    If you’re under about 35 (maybe older) and don’t have to wear a wristwatch for some reason, you probably don’t. Working in a very conservative profession where I have to wear a suit every day (don’t even get me started on that!) if I don’t wear a wristwatch there’s a certain negative perception about me. But given that, I’ve picked out my watch based almost entirely on its appearance, and it’s about the last thing I put on before I leave for work and the first thing I take off. Weekends it usually stays on the shelf.

    I should probably be in their target market for this — I’ll semi-anonymously admit to not only having had a calculator-watch in the 1980s but to thinking it was cool — but this idea is a total non-starter.

  2. Its an idea before its time, but its definitely coming.

    Instead of a watch, think more of an armband or wide bracelet with a flexible, thin, touch sensitive screen. Suddenly you go from a “watch” to a real wearable computing accessory.

    Hardware vendors such as Asus have stated this was definitely a form that they wanted hardware to converge on. I.e. Laptop down to armband, and phone/pda up to armband.

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