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Google plunges deeper into smartwatch wars with WIMM
cnet ^ | | August 30, 2013 1:55 PM PDT | Joan E. Solsman

Posted on 09/02/2013 1:44:28 PM PDT by BenLurkin

Smartwatch maker WIMM went dark last year, posting a cryptic thank-you message on its Web site citing "an exclusive, confidential relationship" for its technology.

Similar to previous reports of a coming Google smartwatch, the latest says the company has the work on the product -- including WIMM's employees -- centered in the Android unit, rather than its X Lab. That could mean a Google watch comes to market faster than the wearable Google has been trumpeting all year, Google Glass, which was a product of X Lab.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: google; smartwatch

1 posted on 09/02/2013 1:44:28 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

hey look! a watch!

how very 1995

seriously, who wears a watch anymore? might as well wear a bracelet. it’s function is now covered by smart phones. what? my watch will now be a phone? and i’m going to hold it up to my head like dick tracy??

ROFLMAO

fail coming out of the gate


2 posted on 09/02/2013 2:04:23 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: sten

“seriously, who wears a watch anymore?”

I personally don’t and never have for the past 10 years or so unless there’s a party or function I go to. You want the time? Take a look at your phone.


3 posted on 09/02/2013 2:13:31 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: sten
Actually men are more likely to wear bracelets these days then watches. I haven't worn a watch since the late 1990s - why bother when the current time is ubiquitous. It's on your cell phone, it's in your car dashboard, it's displayed on your radio or up in the corner of your computer monitor or TV.

Obviously Google and Apple are going to be offering much more than the time on their "wrist watches" but it remains to be seen whether a tablet-like device worn on your wrist catches on. When I was growing up, Dick Tracy looked cool but in 2013, you would probably look like a dork with that contraption on your wrist.


4 posted on 09/02/2013 2:15:11 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: max americana

I wear a watch whenever I leave the house. I love watches and clocks.


5 posted on 09/02/2013 2:15:20 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: sten
i’m going to hold it up to my head like dick tracy?

Hope so. That's exactly what I have been waiting for.

6 posted on 09/02/2013 2:16:04 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: trisham

Me too. My ‘clock’ is on the phone.


7 posted on 09/02/2013 2:16:19 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: max americana

:)


8 posted on 09/02/2013 2:17:50 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: SamAdams76; max americana

Hmmmm...well I still look at my wrist when I want to know what time it is.

Looks more and more like the world has been right past me. Sometimes I think maybe it’s time for me to check out.


9 posted on 09/02/2013 2:19:05 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: trisham

XD


10 posted on 09/02/2013 2:20:09 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: BenLurkin

11 posted on 09/02/2013 2:27:26 PM PDT by MaxMax (If you're not pissed off, you're not paying attention)
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To: BenLurkin

Me too ... this is a report I’d never expect.


12 posted on 09/02/2013 2:29:14 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: BenLurkin

So, hipness today is NOT wearing a watch? Include me out.


13 posted on 09/02/2013 2:29:54 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Revolting cat!
So, hipness today is NOT wearing a watch?

Why not? It's not like they have a job to be on time to...

-PJ

14 posted on 09/02/2013 2:32:12 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: BenLurkin

I find wearing a watch makes it easier to put my cellphone away, rather than having it out in view or in my hand—and avoid the temptation to always be checking it.


15 posted on 09/02/2013 2:33:07 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Revolting cat!

“Does anybody really know what time it is?”


16 posted on 09/02/2013 2:33:57 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SamAdams76; BenLurkin; max americana

the only time i would wear a watch these days is when i’m wearing a suit (which i don’t do as often since i’m not going to client site often). even then, the watch is meant to look good... not like a gizmo

the further for personal wear computing isn’t quite here yet.

i believe the further will start to arrive once contacts or glass are able to produce an image on our field of view without being seen (not the google glass thing, that’s too obvious).

with the display covered, audio would come from vibration via bone induction. this should allow for speakers and mic capability.

rings or a glove could be used for keyboard or mouse-like input.

and of course, these things would have to have the power to communicate with the main computing device, which would be tiny (stick of gum) and probably in a pocket. the power would be the main thing holding most of it back

if this existed, and no one noticed it while in use, it would be the future of wearable computing


17 posted on 09/02/2013 2:35:04 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: trisham

me too feel naked with out a watch and its has hands not digital never ever


18 posted on 09/02/2013 2:36:56 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: dfwgator

I love that song.


19 posted on 09/02/2013 2:38:19 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: BenLurkin

An expensive watch used to be a status symbol. One problem: it was not clearly visible to ALL. Come smarttelephones. I think that the phenomenon of people, mostly, if not exclusively, women, in public places obliviously crossing busy streets while talking on phones is not due to women’s tendency to blabber all the time, no, it is something else: a demonstration of a status symbol and fashion accessory the smarttelephone. I own it, and you don’t!


20 posted on 09/02/2013 2:39:54 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: al baby

I prefer the traditional clocks and watches. I’ve always wanted to have a grandfather clock, but have never had a place for one. I love the sound of a clock ticking, a clock chiming, and the sound of church bells.


21 posted on 09/02/2013 2:40:39 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Revolting cat!

I buy my watches at WalMart.


22 posted on 09/02/2013 2:43:22 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: max americana

“I personally don’t and never have for the past 10 years or so unless there’s a party or function I go to. You want the time? Take a look at your phone.”

Employers today are banning their employees from even carrying a cell phone while on the job.

If you get caught your toast.Especially with today’s obama economy.Management has all of the cards.

Use your watch and keep your job.


23 posted on 09/02/2013 2:43:42 PM PDT by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: sten
A nice thin gold watch does go well with a suit. The one I have is too expensive to wear everyday so I put it with my wife's jewelry. I actually forgot I even had it until I saw this thread. I agree that any watch that looks like a "gizmo" or "gadget" does not present a professional appearance for anybody who is...a grown up.

I believe someday we will have "wearable" computing but I don't see it in the form of a bulky wristwatch or even that "Google Glass" - which has the fashion sense of a bicycle helmet. I believe fashion plays a big role in the success of technology products. Apple (Steve Jobs and Jonathon Ives) probably tapped into that better than anybody else as their products look "cool" to tote around.

Not so with the Segway and the obligatory bicycle helmet which combine to create a double feature of dorkiness that cannot easily be undone. For example, the kid below is not going to pick up that girl and he'll be home tonight binge-watching some lame sitcom all by his lonesome self.


24 posted on 09/02/2013 2:53:55 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76

That’s George Michael Bluth!


25 posted on 09/02/2013 2:55:58 PM PDT by turducken
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To: trisham

My wife and I bought a nice GF clock a few years ago, but she hates the chimes. :^(


26 posted on 09/02/2013 2:56:11 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Uncle Miltie: Obama poisoned race relations for a generation. Everything is racial now.)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Can you relocate it to a different room? Or send it to me? :)


27 posted on 09/02/2013 2:57:49 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

I’m afraid we love the clock far too much for that. It’s an excellent curio case. But even though the chimes are off, she still ticks. We do turn the chimes on when we have company, so I have it play different tunes. Freaks ‘em out because they didn’t know you can do that. LOL.


28 posted on 09/02/2013 3:11:39 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Uncle Miltie: Obama poisoned race relations for a generation. Everything is racial now.)
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To: sten

Read(well, actually listened to) a book recently.

Written in 99, it made predictions about upcoming tech. Fascinating to see how extrapolations from only 12 years ago were spot on or wildly off.

They essentially predicted smartphones, apps, etc. in considerable detail.

Except their platform for the device was the wristwatch, not a phone. LOL


29 posted on 09/02/2013 3:28:53 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (Mark Steyn: "In the Middle East, the enemy of our enemy is also our enemy.")
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To: puppypusher

Thanks..but I’m a Hollywood producer. The only time I lecture my employees if I find out if they’re Dems.


30 posted on 09/02/2013 3:30:08 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: SamAdams76

31 posted on 09/02/2013 3:39:29 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: knarf

They’re just checking what time it is.


32 posted on 09/02/2013 3:41:06 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Revolting cat!

"Yeaaaah Booooieeee!"

33 posted on 09/02/2013 3:42:18 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Cyber Liberty

I’ve seen some beautiful grandfather clocks, and the outside doesn’t come close to the inside workings. Genius.


34 posted on 09/02/2013 3:46:57 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

I’d show you a picture of mine, but they don’t make them anymore. Sligh was sold to Bulova, who discontinued the design years ago....


35 posted on 09/02/2013 4:11:30 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Uncle Miltie: Obama poisoned race relations for a generation. Everything is racial now.)
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To: Cyber Liberty

I’m glad that you have one that you appreciate. Take care of it! I know that you will. :)


36 posted on 09/02/2013 4:18:04 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: dfwgator
25 or 6 to 4 last time I looked. And, yes, I do wear a watch. Can't be bothered with dragging the phone out of my pocket when I can just tilt my arm. Sheesh.
37 posted on 09/02/2013 4:40:22 PM PDT by BfloGuy (People who know what they’re talking about don’t need PowerPoint.)
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