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iWatch: A “kairological” tool

“Apart from looking cool, how would Apple’s watch really be different than a Timex? What new functions might it perform that create value for consumers? I’ve seen much less investigation of these sorts of questions. However, one doesn’t need to be Dick Tracy — the comic strip detective with a penchant for futuristic wrist-watch gadgets — to note clues to the answer,” H. James Wilson writes for Harvard Business Review. “Using evidence and a bit of logic, I bet the iWatch will be much less a time piece and much more platform for auto-analytics and managing yourself.”

 

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“Complexity is one of the key challenges facing users of those devices on the wall. Today there are more than 500 commercially available tools available to the auto-analytically inclined, in three varieties: wearable technologies; mobile phone apps; [and] computer software,” Wilson writes. “Building on Apple’s insight and capabilities across all three areas, an iWatch could seamlessly weave them together. For instance, with an iWatch you could simultaneously track your mood, monitor physical activity levels, and then wirelessly transmit your data to your MacBook or iPad.”

Wilson writes, “The ancient Greeks often made a distinction between two notions of time, Chronos and Kairos. Chronos is chronological time which flows ineluctably along by seconds, hours and years, unaffected by human interests. Kairos, etymological root of ‘care,’ is time laden with human meaning and activity. ‘Lunchtime,’ ‘a good night’s sleep,’ and a ‘long and rejuvenating walk,’ all convey this sense of Kairos. A Timex is mainly chronological. What Apple could be doing is making a ‘kairological’ tool that tracks and monitors the data around the experiences you care about.”

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iWatch said to run with full iOS but there are battery issues

Piggybacking on Bloomberg’s latest report about Apple’s “iWatch” plans, The Verge has weighed in with its own claims about the project. Most notably, the report’s sources claim that Apple is planning for the watch to run a “full” version of iOS rather a simpler operating system such as that seen on the iPod nano. Interestingly, we’re also told that Apple’s chosen to rework the full iOS to run on the watch instead of building up the iPod nano’s proprietary touch operating system — although the previous nano was already watch-sized and seemed like a great starting point for a watch, Apple’s betting on iOS across product lines.

Given the constraints of a watch-sized display, it seems clear that this full version of iOS would still have some limitations in terms of feature support. But a watch-specific version of iOS could make app support more straightforward for both Apple and third-party app developers.

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Apple’s desire for the watch to run iOS is causing the company some difficulties, however, as The Verge reports that prototypes are currently seeing subpar battery life.
The goal is to last at least 4-5 days between charges, but the current watch prototypes are apparently only going for a couple days max. We’re also told Apple has some work to do with iOS on the iPhone, which currently has several hooks for supporting a watch-like device but lacks the appropriate interface or settings to make it work properly.
Rumors of an Apple smart watch have been rapidly gaining steam in recent weeks, suggesting that the company may indeed be moving the project to near the top of its priority list. An Apple television set had been the front-running rumor for Apple’s next major product, but its development has reportedly been slowed by content negotiations.

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Flexible “Willow Glass” Displays unlikely to appear for the next three years

While The New York Times reported earlier this month that Apple is working on a curved glass smart watch that could potentially make use of Corning’s recently-announced bendable Willow Glass, Bloomberg now reports that Corning sees a wait of at least three years before devices using Willow Glass displays will be able to hit the market.
“People are not accustomed to glass you roll up,” [Corning Glass president James] Clappin said after an event marking the opening an $800 million factory for liquid-crystal-display glass. “The ability of people to take it and use it to make a product is limited.”

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The Corning, New York-based company is producing the glass and making “a lot of effort” to teach “very big name” customers how to handle the spools, Clappin said, declining to elaborate. The introduction of the glass comes as companies including Google Inc. consider making wearable computing devices.
Clappin noted that Willow Glass may find its way into some simple products as soon as later this year, but that more complex applications such as flexible displays will require substantially more work before they can be brought to market. He also declined to comment on whether Corning had been in discussions with Apple about its rumored smart watch project.

Apple is already a customer of Corning, using the glassmaker’s durable Gorilla Glass in its mobile devices. Corning announced its latest Gorilla Glass 3 product last month, offering three times greater scratch resistance and improved strength, and Apple is assumed to be incorporating the new glass into upcoming products.

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Released Apple patent for “iWatch”

The latest published patent from Apple heightened speculations for the wearable technology currently known as the “iWatch”. The patent shows or pinpoints to flexible glass technology with a strap that can easily fit any wrist. “The wearable accessory device includes a flexible display coupled to a bi-stable spring. Coupling the display to the bi-stable spring allows the accessory device to be easily worn in a number of convenient locations.” filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in August 2011.
The device will be capable to be worn using a strap that overlaps hence giving a tight fit on the user. Several iPhone/iPad features will be included on the device such as inertial orientation sensors like gyroscopes will be use to reorient the interface towards he user. Touch screen capabilities are also added to activate/deactivated the flexible display. Power source of the device need to be recharge as per previous Apple devices but will also contain solar and kinetic recharging capabilities. The device will have Bluetooth capabilities to accept commands and data input via other Apple devices. This indicates that the device can be use as an appendix of certain Apple devices for instances like message or call notifications.

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Some are still skeptical regarding the said “iWatch” but two people familiar with the plan stated that it has passed the experimental stage. Also, Apple has hired wearable technology expert, Richard DevVaul. He is an expert in integrating technology in portable applications. Bloomberg also indicated that Apple’s James Foster and Achim Pantfoerder are parts of the efforts in developing this technology. With these amounting evidences, the “iWatch” would be within reach in the next couple of years.

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It’s iWatch2 time

The skilled ADR studio from Italy reimagined time and designed the Apple watch concept called — obviously — iWatch. The iWatch is not ADR’s first attempt to design Apple concepts; the studio shared its vision also about how iPhone 5 will look like and created an iPhone SJ model. The first iWatch concept awoke the curiosity of the most important web magazines and warmth controversies among Apple gadgets lovers. Fruity aftermath, but not fruity enough for ADR who came after two years with new ideas for a device not even released on the market and designed  iWatch2, a new version of this concept.

The iWatch2 keeps the same technical features as the previous model: it can connect with Bluetooth or WiFi to iPhone or iPad, it integrates an RSS reader and weather forecast system, has 32GB internal memory and an LCD projector with a frontal camera. But this time the design turns the iWatch2 into a genuine Apple looking device. It’s slimmer, sleeker and more appealing than the first iWatch, it has a black aluminum chassis and five different colors bracelet. It keeps also the iPhone classic slide-to-open feature of the screen.

Watches are not just means of expressing time; they also represent one’s personality or one’s wealth why not. We can almost posit that one can be described by the owned gadgets. The impressive number of Apple consumers it someway gives me a clear-eyed idea about how many people would choose an iWatch to represent their selves.

Source: ADR studio