Skip to comments.Google plunges deeper into smartwatch wars with WIMM
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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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??
fail coming out of the gate
“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.
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.
I wear a watch whenever I leave the house. I love watches and clocks.
Hope so. That's exactly what I have been waiting for.
Me too. My ‘clock’ is on the phone.
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.
Me too ... this is a report I’d never expect.
So, hipness today is NOT wearing a watch? Include me out.
Why not? It's not like they have a job to be on time to...
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.
“Does anybody really know what time it is?”
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
me too feel naked with out a watch and its has hands not digital never ever
I love that song.
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!
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.
I buy my watches at WalMart.
“I personally dont and never have for the past 10 years or so unless theres 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.
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.
That’s George Michael Bluth!
My wife and I bought a nice GF clock a few years ago, but she hates the chimes. :^(
Can you relocate it to a different room? Or send it to me? :)
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.
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
Thanks..but I’m a Hollywood producer. The only time I lecture my employees if I find out if they’re Dems.
They’re just checking what time it is.
I’ve seen some beautiful grandfather clocks, and the outside doesn’t come close to the inside workings. Genius.
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....
I’m glad that you have one that you appreciate. Take care of it! I know that you will. :)