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Michelle G
Michelle G
12/30/2016 12:24:13 PM
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Re: Interesting statistics
@faryl I've heard great things about smart watches (mostly Apple's) but have never considered buying one. I think I'll need a bit more disposible income to consider it. I agree with you on screen size -- I see some good uses but ultimately I would prefer to stay off of devices whenever possible.

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faryl
faryl
12/29/2016 10:45:31 PM
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Re: Interesting statistics
That's exactly why I don't have one. The price is too much for an accessory and the screen is too small to use it to replace a device like a laptop or tablet.

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DHagar
DHagar
12/21/2016 9:32:22 PM
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Re: Interesting statistics
@mhhf1ve - very true.  So we are going to have to either design individual units that will provide that energy and/or provide a "live" connecting source to make it work.  Real opportunity!

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
12/21/2016 9:18:20 PM
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Re: Interesting statistics
Energy storage is a huge challenge. There's really no end to how much energy density we want. People essentially want the energy of a black hole on their wrist.. and that's not going to happen safely.

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DHagar
DHagar
12/21/2016 8:09:59 PM
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Re: Interesting statistics
@mhhf1ve - now you are talking!  That would be of value to everyone!

Note:  The batteries is  probably too great a challenge at this time anyway - it may be another moonshot project.

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
12/20/2016 11:58:14 PM
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Re: Interesting statistics
Musk seems to have moved on to boring tunnels under cities to alleviate traffic -- now that he's "solved" solar panels and autonomous cars... Maybe smart watches need a femto-sized projector instead of a display, so that info can be projected onto large surfaces -- and then users wouldn't need to squint at a tiny watch screen.

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DHagar
DHagar
12/20/2016 10:15:08 PM
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Re: Interesting statistics
@mhhf1ve - now you may be on to something of great value!  Designing new source for energy - recharging, etc., sounds like a great innovation.  After all, Musk is working on the batteries for cars.

But I am with you, the appeal of wearing radioactive chargers probably won't fly!  Back to the drawing board!

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
12/20/2016 9:52:35 PM
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Re: Interesting statistics
> "What do you recommend?"

If I had control of a smartwatch statup with unlimited funds...? Hmm. I might try to create a smartwatch that lasts an incredibly long time without recharging -- somehow either harvesting energy from surrounding or motion, or by using some truly unique power source. I recently saw a "battery" under development that used very small bits of nuclear waste to heat up a thermoelectric generator... and it potentially could last thousands of years, based on the half-life of the radioactive isotope used.

Okay, so who wants to wear radioactive gadgets? That's the next challenge, as you say... 

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DHagar
DHagar
12/20/2016 8:53:56 PM
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Re: Interesting statistics
@mhhf1ve - excellent point and truly a roadblock. 

I would fully agree the self-charging would be an "iffy" proposition.  Is the answer in different types of batteries, longer life (greater cost), extended connections that provide live charging.  What do you recommend?

Note:  The minute you fix one piece of the puzzle you uncover the next challenge!  That will keep us developing for years!

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
12/20/2016 4:12:21 PM
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Pebble sounds like Palm2.0 to me...
Pebble sounds like it ran into Palm's problems.. it couldn't expand its customer base as quickly as it needed to and at the same time improve its technology so that more mainstream customers would want it. Palm Pilots had the same problem, imo, way back when touchscreens weren't good enough to do multi-touch and needed styluses (stylii?) and some weird grafitti handwriting recognition standard that no one really wanted to learn.

I question what Fitbit actually gets out of a Pebble buy.. I predict Fitbit will end up doing nothing with Pebble's IP and hardware -- just like HP doesn't sell Palm-based PDAs anymore.

I'll have to look up whether or not Pebble has any patents... maybe Fitbit is planning to become a patent troll for wearables... 

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