#watches

Kevin Roose:

As Matt Buchanan notes, wristwatches have always been passive display devices — you glance at them to see what time it is, but (unless you’re setting an alarm or using a stopwatch function) you rarely have to do anything to it to make a watch work. Passivity is also how fitness bands like the Jawbone Up and the Nike Fuelband work. With certain models, you can look down to see how far along you are in your exercise goals, but to do any actual configuration or tracking, you have to connect them to a device with a larger screen.

It remains a mistake to think of these devices as watches. As I’ve said before, these things are going to be even less analogous to a wristwatch than the iPhone was to a telephone.

That said, I do agree about the importance of passivity with these devices. That’s one reason I think the Galaxy Gear is going to be DOA. They’re just thinking of it as a smartphone with a smaller screen — one which still requires being tethered to another smartphone to be useful in any way. 

iheartapple2

iheartapple2:

The above image is taken from Apple’s latest iPhone 5 ad. This is not a watch I have ever seen and I’m sure Apple wouldn’t pick this to be the place to show off a new product. My conclusion is Apple just likes fucking with us. What do you think?

Nah, I asked (well, retweeted) about this on Twitter yesterday and a bunch of folks responded that it’s actually the Nixon Newton Watch. (Though a couple of folks thought it could be this Braun watch as well — the circle in the face seems to point to the Newton.)

Interesting name aside, we can all stand-down for the time being.

Anonymous asked:

A watch is not technology it is fashion and about individuality. Look at your watch right now - is it the same as everyone elses? Would you want it to be? Its a different market and could be tough for Apple.

I am not wearing a watch right now. I haven’t worn a watch in at least a decade. I wouldn’t bet against myself wearing an iWatch though. I wouldn’t bet against other non-watch-wearers doing the same too.

You’re focusing on the market as it is. I’m focusing on the market as it will be.

dpstyles
dpstyles:

thisistheverge:

Susan Kare limited edition MetaWatch Strata revealed on Kickstarter
Former Apple iconographer Susan Kare has revealed her limited edition MetaWatch Strata on Kickstarter today. It’s available in white and black, and each includes a variant of Kare’s classic spray paint icon.

This is pretty hot - read the post about how this is now possible w/ iPhone’s iOS6 and it’s ability to send push notices / APNS messages out from the phone via bluetooth.   You can fund this on Kickstarter.

Question: How many of these iOS-enabled watches am I going to have to buy?
Answer: All of them.

dpstyles:

thisistheverge:

Susan Kare limited edition MetaWatch Strata revealed on Kickstarter

Former Apple iconographer Susan Kare has revealed her limited edition MetaWatch Strata on Kickstarter today. It’s available in white and black, and each includes a variant of Kare’s classic spray paint icon.

This is pretty hot - read the post about how this is now possible w/ iPhone’s iOS6 and it’s ability to send push notices / APNS messages out from the phone via bluetooth.   You can fund this on Kickstarter.

Question: How many of these iOS-enabled watches am I going to have to buy?

Answer: All of them.