A new smartwatch I just backed on kickstarter...

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clok1966
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good story on gamsutra right

good story on gamsutra right now on Kickstarter and if its few minutes of "love" will be over soon or not? I think its got about 8-12 months.. 3-6 month of super excitemnt.. and another 6 months of OK... once a few products start hitting all it will take is one of the BIG ones (wasteland, the watch) to not meet a few (or alot) of the peoples expectations and BOOM wave of neagtive publicity will kill it. The WEB has a magnifing effect.. OK turns to GOOD, which turns to GREAT, and in turn is soon "BEST THING EVER"!!!! but it works the other way too, a few complainers can sound like alot, to soon being everybody.. Kickstarter is in the "best thing ever" stage right now.. and will have some legs as the products will take time.. cant badmouth something that not out ( of course, miss a few deadlines, that may get ugly too).. The net is really a few very vocal people that alot of sheep follow sometimes.. We have seen it here.. say a bad thing about somethng people love ( or think they love as everybody else does) and the crowd gets ugly and throws rocks.. not reasons.. Word of mouth made Kickstarter.. and the net has proved again and again.. how one "bad" voice can change everything..

I just wonder how much teh fan base can sustain.. we all agree alot of so so crap is comming out.. We also have seen some real talant from the Indy people. The real problem i see is the guys pushing most of this stuff are the BIG NAME guys.. the same guys that HAD money, and made crap.. Once can argue it was done uinder some companies guidlines that "hampered' them. While I think there can be some truth to this.. good ideas are good ideas.. even idiots can see that most of the time. Nowdasy the big one i see is "rushed" which normaly means deadlines or lack of cash to keep working.. these kickstarter deals have the same things looming over them.. keep pushing it back and the hete will start... and the longer it takes the less money they make for thier work. The only real big difference i see is.. we fund it.. it flops nobody is going to lose stock options, or jobs.. we suck it up and deal with it. YOU KNOW alot of the kickstarter stuff will flop.. hard.. and that is why i say ti will fail.. success is wonderfull, flops get talked about forever.. we live where people would rather look at failure thne see success.. And the net is harsher then any public area.. you can say anyting you want here.. in public people see who says it..

David Barbour
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That is a fantastic amount

That is a fantastic amount for a Kickstarter

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Bill Loguidice
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As they close in on $10

As they close in on $10 million, they continue to add features: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/597507018/pebble-e-paper-watch-for-i... . It also looks like they're going to stop at 85,000 Pebbles for the Kickstarter, leaving only about 10,000 slots left. Big, big figures for something like this.

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clok1966
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good gosh! 6.5 million!!!! I

good gosh! 6.5 million!!!! I guess I'm just so out of touch with the current generation. While i try to hide a little more every day from phones, status updates and such. the People hace spoke loud and clear.. they need the info, the gadgets, they want people to know where they are, waht they are doing, and they want to do it as easy as possible.

I am complelty blown away at the responce this has got.

Matt Barton
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I don't see a "need" for a

I don't see a "need" for a watch either, but I do get a lot of use out of mine when I have it on. I'm surprised how often I look at it to tell the time--a lot easier than pulling that brick out of my pocket. If you're not into wearing a holster or have baggy jeans or a jacket on--that thing is uncomfortable to pull in and out. It's not a huge deal, but if I could check a message just by looking at my watch, that'd be a nice convenience.

A convenience worth $100, though? Nah.

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Bill Loguidice
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Tablets
clok1966 wrote:

I will admit Im warming up to tablets a bit more (still very much on laptop side for work).. but when it comes to stuff like a VITA/DS or a tablet... the tablet is really starting to shine, espeically as most tablets that are not brand new are $3-350ish (apple refrebs on apples site are quite resonable, almost awlasy cheaper then craigslist or for sale forums and alos ahve a full warrenty and new battery and covers).

I'm obviously very much in the tablet camp most of all for its extreme portability--always ready to turn right on, superior battery life, and the ability to perform most functions of a full-size computer. I bring it back and forth to work all the time and use it extensively at home. I also obviously love to read extensively on it as well. With that said, my wife has a business trip to Seattle the beginning of May that I'm tagging along on, and I'll have to work on the new book, so I WILL be bringing a laptop (most likely my obnoxiously-sized gaming one unless a certain something gets released before then) to work in Word. While I can work in the real version of Word on my iPad 2 thanks to OnLive's Desktop and do 100% of my work therefore on the tablet, I could really use the extra screen real estate and ability to work with multiple windows that a laptop offers. If I didn't have that to work on, I could genuinely just use my tablet for the trip and be happy. I will likely be using my iPad 2 as a second monitor (extended desktop) for my laptop though so I can be even more productive, giving it another valuable use.

By the way, a guy I work with has the new iPad. It is only slightly thicker and heavier (you really have to be looking out for it to notice) and the screen is definitely brighter (at the same levels) and sharper, but the latter is really only noticeable under certain circumstances. As such, despite having a horrible technology jones for the latest and greatest, I'll probably wait until the iPad 4 (or whatever is after this newest model) before I upgrade. Most likely that means I'll have an iPhone 5 well before I replace my iPad 2...

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clok1966
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again I must admit, the

again I must admit, the video, the excellent look they (if a bit to big).. its done well with what they have to work with for sure. When i first saw it I was looking at options to pay. Maybe that is why I examined it so closely with my "why I shouldnt". $100 is nothing in todays world if it makes life easier.. 1 and 1-1/2 tanks of gas (one tank on some) A months cable bill. I didnt want to sound too harsh (I alwasy feel like that when I'm pointing out what "I" see as flaws, which many other will probebly see as qaulities). I will look forward to what you ahve to say about it when you get one and use it a bit. there is something to be said for actual use.. sometimes there are things even the developer never thought about that one can find to use stuff for.

i think deep down I want a reason to own one and maybe thats my problem.. I have shleves of tech toys I dont use, yet i kinda think this looks cool, maybe Im trying to convince myslef why I dont need it :)

I will admit Im warming up to tablets a bit more (still very much on laptop side for work).. but when it comes to stuff like a VITA/DS or a tablet... the tablet is really starting to shine, espeically as most tablets that are not brand new are $3-350ish (apple refrebs on apples site are quite resonable, almost awlasy cheaper then craigslist or for sale forums and alos ahve a full warrenty and new battery and covers).

Bill Loguidice
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Good points to be sure, Clok.

Good points to be sure, Clok. I readily admit that a watch is an eccentricity these days, a holdover from a prior age. With that said, there have been a recent rash of smartwatches of late, this kickstarter one just one of many added to the pile. I think at least part of the appeal is exactly because we have our phones with us at all times and rely on them so heavily. It sounds crazy, but having a phone in your pocket or a bag might just mean it's not accessible, so why not glance at your wrist to see who's calling and if it's worth going to the trouble of answering. Same thing with texts, Facebook statuses, tweets, weather, etc. We're a data-driven society now and this is just another view into that rich mine of data we now gather and completely optional.

Certainly we can add the coming explosion of smart glasses (led by Google's recent momentum) in the same category--probably completely unnecessary on its own, but undeniably a compelling way to get at our existing data when paired with a smartphone, which looks to become more and more the central electronic brain or pivot point of our personal computing ecosystems. Big talk, I know, but I see wearable technology - even smartwatches as an early stepping stone - as the next big thing, with each device growing more and more capable. Right now I sport a Jawbone Up on my right arm and usually an iPod Nano on my left. When this watch is shipped to me, this will take its place on my left arm in most situations.

Perhaps one day it will be just a single device strapped to our wrists at all times and we won't refer to it as a "watch" or a "phone" or a "lifestyle tracker" or any other restrictive term...

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clok1966
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I hate to join the nay

I hate to join the nay sayers.. but a remote for my Phone.. sorry i dont see a need.. I dont know anybody who doesnt have thier phone with them or arms reach away at all times (I am sure im about the only person on earth who leave my Cell phone on a tabel AWAY from my bed so it wont wake me (my ratio of important late night calls to crap in my life is: ZERO important, 100+ drunk dials from ex GF's)... I did the same for my land line when i had one) having a watch that mimics my phone which is always with me? again i wonder WHY?
every use they showed (except the music remote) smacked of lazy to me.. phone is in my pocket.. i hear a message.. OHHH the struggle of pulling my phone out of the pocket.. i cant just look at this HUGE watch that I cant pull a buttoned sleeve over... Yes Im exagerating, but there is some truth to it.. they are quit large, and unlike a phone require 2 hands to use.. i can do almost anything on my phone with one hand... one had has to hold watch up and other has to control it.. a VERY small gripe... but in a world of easy use.. its valid.

washing dishes... 99% dont leave a watch on.. especially a $100 one... Bikeing/running, my phone does all that already.... again its just a remote for a phone, a second screen.. for something i have in my pocket? Remotes are for stuff across teh room, in other rooms, garage doors, car starters (I almost bought one that worked from my phone (so as I say Im not imune to tech geek stuff).. but to use my car I HAVE to have my keys.. where the remote is.. To use this you have to have your phone, which is with you all the time (again for 99% of all users).. I do understand it does some apps... which i again point out, the phone does too....

but as you say, people must want it, the contributers show it.. I have already said my peice on portable computeing.. laptop/tablet/phone.. all the same thing now... why carry all 3.. why carry 2?... then add one that DEPENDS on the other to do anything? its like carrying your Tablet and a keyboard... you just made it a laptop, that thing you where trying to get away from...

with all that said.. i see the geeky fun side to it.. I have a watch with a TV in it (why? almost NO tv will come in without an antenna ... which the watch doesnt have... so its worthless other then geeky fun). Im not imune to it.. $100 is easily a ok price for some fun, but I will make a bet with you... a year after they come out... i bet you have to look long and hard to find any. it will be the same as the TV watch, the Remote watch, etc...

Matt Barton
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Wow! That watch does look

Wow! That watch does look awesome. Pretty much exactly what I'd want in a watch.

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