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The Watch Analogy is Coming True

Friday, May 1st, 2015

This story about the swiss watch industry getting on the smartwatch bandwagon caught my eye. Specifically, the story references forecasts from Strategy Analytics that “28.1 million smartwatches will be sold this year, almost matching the 28.6 million Swiss timepieces that were exported last year.”

For a very long time and even now, I’ve often used the watch as an example of the impact of the technology revolutions on products and industries. In fact, for the past couple of decades, I’ve been saying “in the future, most watches will have bandwidth built in.” It’s always fun when predictions you made in the past, which at the time seemed crazy, become reality that everyone takes for granted. (It’s even better when you documented it more than 5 years ago.)

The Apple Watch

Friday, April 10th, 2015

The big news this week is that pre-orders started for the Apple Watch and it immediately sold out. Of course, we don’t know how many watches Apple is producing, but clearly interest is high in this wearable device.

Last week I was asked to teach a class on Innovation at Blue Valley CAPS. At the end of the class, we had a good discussion on a variety of topics. One of the students asked about the Apple Watch. My take on it was that the constraints on the watch that limit the target market to owners of the latest iPhone (and the pricing) will keep it from becoming incredibly common. But the hype will drive innovation across the wearables space.

He then asked what function/feature/capability of fitness watches will have the most significant impact on our lives. I told him that, in my opinion, the beautiful thing is that we can’t possibly know. Although Fitbit, Pebble, and others have provided APIs for developers, the Apple Watch will be the first wearable that will attract a broad developer movement. The apps that we can imagine today are not the ones that some unconstrained innovator will envision and deliver that will truly be game-changing. And it’s those apps that will drive change across the entire wearables ecosystem, not just Apple.

This should be fun!

Beyond the Phone: February 2011

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Converging products into a cellphone is one way that mobility is getting built into every product, but it’s not the only way. Every month, I’ll focus on devices that are integrating the power of mobility into products themselves in ways that create new value for the customer. Power up!

Beyond the Phone: January 2011

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Bonus: Wayne Ward says: Connected Transportation is One Future for M2M

Converging products into a cellphone is one way that mobility is getting built into every product, but it’s not the only way. Every month, I’ll focus on devices that are integrating the power of mobility into products themselves in ways that create new value for the customer. Power up!

Beyond the Phone: November 2010

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Converging products into a cellphone is one way that mobility is getting built into every product, but it’s not the only way. Every month, I’ll focus on devices that are integrating the power of mobility into products themselves in ways that create new value for the customer. Power up!

Beyond the Phone: October 2010

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

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Beyond the Phone: September 2010

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Converging products into a cellphone is one way that mobility is getting built into every product, but it’s not the only way. Every month, I’ll focus on devices that are integrating the power of mobility into products themselves in ways that create new value for the customer. Power up!

Beyond the Phone: August 2010

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

Bonus: GigaOm Stats: The Age of the Internet of Things Has Dawned

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Beyond the Phone: July 2010

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

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Beyond the Phone: June 2010

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