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Shane M. O'Neill
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9/22/2014 | 3:55:07 PM
Re: Utility over fashion
Thanks Michael. You're right that fashion will be critical to consumer adoption. Consumers want a pretty and personal device -- and an affordable one too. That doesn't matter so much in the enterprise when you're not paying for them and the goal is productivity. I imagine some of that innovation will spill over into consumers' lives as they use smartglasses and watches at work. Things will play out organically. The Apple Watch roll out early next year will be a big litmus test for consumer desire. 
Michael Endler
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9/22/2014 | 3:12:43 PM
Utility over fashion
Interesting article, Shane. It's good to hear more about wearables applied for their utility, rather than as some kind of fashion statement that happens to accept text messages and Facebook notifications. I think some consumer wearables, notably the Apple Watch, do a good job balancing looks and use, but the category has a ways to go for mainstream adoption. At IDF, an exec from Fossil went on and on about fashion trumping deep functionality, so though I don't think looks are irrelevant, it's nice to hear about wearables being considered first and foremost for the use cases they enable.  
SachinEE
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9/22/2014 | 2:12:56 PM
Re: Biz benefits of wearable tech
Inside the workplace wearables can work as pagers instead and can be used for calling an employee. Moreover wearables are fun. They enable many little things which we otherwise would have missed on a traditional watch. For example, having your employees wear these things means better control above them.
Laurianne
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9/22/2014 | 2:07:58 PM
Wearable worries
These are legit concerns, but bandwidth should rank right up there as well.
Shane M. O'Neill
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9/22/2014 | 11:45:28 AM
Biz benefits of wearable tech
The feeling out there is that consumers are still treating wearables as an afterthought -- and the Apple Watch isn't likely to change that. Businesses, on the other hand, are the real breeding ground for smartwatches and smartglasses. Any IT leaders want to share their plans for using wearables in business environments?
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