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The depressing thing about all these iWatch rumors is that not only do I hate wearing a watch, but I list among the many benefits of smartphones or even prior-generation not-so-smart cellphones the fact that they obviated the need to wear one. You can function perfectly fine with a phone in your pocket and no watch; a watch on your wrist but no phone will not fly. This is just an Extra Thing you have to lug around and recharge and remember to put on and remember not to forget and worry about whether it gets scratched. And it’s a watch which, from all the reporting I’ve seen, does absolutely nothing your iPhone doesn’t already do. Just with a smaller screen.
This weird ‘watch’ fetish these techies all reportedly now have is taking a step backwards: working on a product that their prior products had made obsolete. It’s rather like learning that Apple engineers are working hard on a standalone device that allows you to digitally keep track of all your contacts. Their names, and phone numbers! All handily stored and retrievable in a big black device. That you wear on your belt. That weighs 9 pounds. With a monochrome LCD display. Which uses a stylus for the input. Whose data you can download/backup/retrieve by taking it to one of 3,000 handy mall field-service locations.
What on earth are they doing?
The Google Glasses thing is marginally better but only in the sense that at least the technology itself seems kinda neato. From the looks of it a sane, non-sociopathic person wouldn’t be caught dead actually wearing and using one in their daily lives.
This has been RWCG Tech Talk(tm). Till next week!
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