Post by Your Name Post by Mandy Liefbowitz Post by Your Name Post by Jim_Higgins
Are smartwatches doomed?
"Smart"watches that require you to also have a smartphone to do all the
actual work were doomed from the start - a ridiculously pointless and
What I've been waiting for are smart armlets. Sort of computers
wrapped around the lower arm, complete with loads of buttons and a
dual-laser interference-created virtual screen hovering over the arm.
Loads of room for battery packs and small hardware screens for things
that don't demand much screen real-estate like Skyping and checking
A smart brace would be very useful and if it should have phone and
wi-fi capabilities it could even replace those bricks.
Charging from body-heat, motion and the electrical juice in the user
could be advantageous.
And be able to deflect bullets (so you can pretend to be Wonder Woman)
and able to shoot out long strands of strong sticky webs (so you can
pretend to be Spider Man), and wrist shoot lasers, and ... ;-)
I have no desire to deflect bullets. I have no intentions of ever
being in a situation where people are shooting them in my direction.
So far as I'm aware, no one dislikes me that much.
I'm open to being corrected on this.
Shooting long strands of sticky webs sounds ever so cool. It would
make fetching that coin that has dropped behind the couch a little
I'm not sure how it would affect the battery drain but with 3-d
printing it shouldn't be much of a technological feat.
Using interfering, non-optical lasers to create a display in mid-air
would be relatively cheap on power usage. Using those lasers as
offensive weaponry or cutting torches would demand very large, dense
"Phasers" may be forever impossible merely because storing the juice
to power them may be beyond the limits of Physics.
It's a pity. We could do loads of cool things if we could find a
really dense energy storage medium.
What I want is perfectly feasible and would be relatively cheap and
easy to manufacture. It is basically a laptop bent into a bracelet. No
great technological feat.
It would be *easier* than a smart-watch.
Post by Your Name Post by Mandy Liefbowitz Post by Your Name
A true smartwatch that can replace a smartphone for most people's needs
is likely to be a better longer term winner, but the difficulty is
making them easily usable for things like text input (few people
actually want to talk to their wrist!).
It's not the *talking*, that can be done even with the wrist in a
jacket pocket if the microphones and softwares are good enough, it's
the *hearing*. No one wants the entire bus to hear both ends of the
A phone watch would need some sort of earpiece.
And a huge improvement in battery.
Which is one reason why a brace would be better.
There was some news recently about a new Li-ion battery that could
potentially make an iPhone work for a week and recharges very quickly.
And which makes a terrific bomb and a truly *marvelous* incendiary
device, no doubt?