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The Future of Wearables: Standalone, Unobtrusive, and Everywhere 56

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jfruh writes Wearable tech has been a pretty niche product so far, and a widely derided one at that, but moves are in the works to help the category break into the mainstream. One of the biggest irritants is that most wearable devices must pair with a smartphone to actually connect to the Internet — but an AT&T exec says that his company will be selling a standalone wearable by the end of 2014. Google Glass has been a flashpoint of conflict not least because it's extremely obvious; its creator says that subtle, non intrusive versions are coming. And while everyone wonders what Apple's play in this space will be, it may be best to imagine what they're working on as a successor to their fading iPod line.
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The Future of Wearables: Standalone, Unobtrusive, and Everywhere

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  • by Tablizer (95088) on Wednesday July 09, 2014 @07:44PM (#47421055) Journal

    Bill Gates, Andy Grove, and Jerry Sanders (Heads of MicroSoft, Intel, and AMD, Advanced Micro Devices) were in a high-powered business meeting. During the serious, tense discussion, a beeping noise suddenly is emitted from where Jerry is sitting. Jerry says, "Oh, that's my beeper. Gentlemen, excuse me, I need to take this call." Jerry lifts his wristwatch to his ear and begins talking into the end of his tie. After completing this call, he notices the others are staring at him. Jerry explains, "Oh, this is my new personal communication system. I have an earpiece built into my watch and a microphone sewn into the end of my tie. That way I can take a call anywhere."

    The others nod, and the meeting continues.

    Five minutes later, the discussion is again interrupted when Andy starts beeping. He states, "Excuse me gentlemen, this must be an important call." Andy taps his earlobe and begins talking into thin air. When he completes his call, he notices the others staring at him and explains, "I also have a personal communication system. My earpiece is actually implanted in my earlobe, and the microphone is actually embedded in this fake tooth."

    The others nod, and the meeting continues.

    Five minutes later, the discussion is again interrupted when Bill emits a thunderous fart. He looks up at the others staring at him and says, "Somebody quickly get me a piece of paper... I'm receiving a fax!"

  • by QuietLagoon (813062) on Wednesday July 09, 2014 @07:47PM (#47421081)

    ...Google Glass has been a flashpoint of conflict not least because it's extremely obvious...

    Let me fix that typo for you...

    Google Glass has been a flashpoint of conflict not least because it's extremely obnoxious.

  • by Lumpy (12016) on Wednesday July 09, 2014 @08:47PM (#47421407) Homepage

    "Siri, How do I get icky dying person off my shoes?"

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