Wow, @MagneticNorth, we've come a long way since then, huh?! Do you still have the Motorola phone, pictured, or is that photo courtesy of Google Images or a similar search? Pretty cool; thanks for taking the time to dig up a picture! I agree with your GUI concerns. I'm no engineer, sadly, but I'm having a tough time figuring out how designers will create a screen or images that are easily visible while simultaneously designing hardware that's small (and attractive) enough to be worn as a wristwatch. Early models aren't as ambitious in their capabilities. I'm not a Debbie Downer! I think it can be done. I'm just having a really tough time visualizing it. With so many brilliant minds attacking this issue, though, I'm sure we'll see a smart wristwatch that meets all these criteria, and more, before too long.
@Alison - The first mobile phone my family owned was a Motorola MicroTAC. The display only had 2 lines of text.
When I later owned a Nokia 3210, which had 4 lines of display, I realized that many of the menu items that the 3210 had were also in the MicroTAC. But I never saw them in the MicroTAC. That's because the sensation of viewing menus couldn't be done so well in 2 lines, really. I think Nokia became so successful with its 5110 and 3210 simply because they didn't scrimp on the display size.
That's my primary fear for the smartwatch. GUI can easily suffer with such a small display, and GUI tends to be X factor these days.
Yes, so far most of the criticism I've read has focused on the input. But like you, @magneticnorth, I think it should pinpoint the display and the size of the font you can expect from a screen that's only 2-3 inches. You're not going to want to display it on a wall, for example, so how are people expected to read this small type? If you increase the size, you're only going to see a few words at a time. If it's all done through voice, then that means folk are further connected via headphones to a device. Whereas I was an immediate fan of tablets, I also am less intrigued by smart watches -- at least for myself. I can see vertical applications but can't envision more widespread, mainstream adoption, at least right now, once you get beyond the people who buy tech because they love tech for its own sake.
Indeed, that was one of the main points of Michael's blog: That the network will be overwhelmed, and so will security, if many employees are accessing the network via smartphones and smart watches. Not sure what pundits predict the network-traffic uptick will be, but it has to be sizable in time.
Indeed, it seems that IT devices will -come strapped to our wrists. Because of that, now it is more important than ever to understand mobile software vulnerabilities, to focus on remediating vulnerable software on mobile platforms and to give teams the tools to assess and mitigate application risk, and ultimately fix bad mobile code. These are all possible with mobile solutions provided by Security Innovation. For more details, I recommend reading further here: https://www.securityinnovation.com/products/mobile-solutions/
I've seen Android-powered wristwatches around and haven't found them practical. There were some that were quite cheap, but even for a low price, they seemed like a waste of money. I think the form factor limits the display far too much for the device to be user-friendly. I'd be fine if it were the CPU or remote to a display similar to that of Project Glass, but alone, I doubt if it'll be successful.
Until and unless smartwatches can do everything smartphones can do, I don't particularly see smartwatches becoming the standard. Assuming they standardly have voice call functions, they may catch on among tablet users (who are carrying around basically a large smartphone that can't make phone calls anyway), but the smartphone right now seems to be the most functionally "aggregated" portable device.
These do look cool but I wonder how far they will go. I myself had stopped wearing a watch simply because time was all around me and I didn't need to look at my wrist anymore. I know these devices are not clocks and I'm sure they have a market, but is it a huge market?
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