Recently in a piece I did with Bobby Kerr on Newstalk’s Down To Business I sort of gushed my thoughts, and admittedly hopes, for what Apple will do with iTime. One of the points I made that seemed to irk some listeners was my jibe at mainstream reporting on the iTime patent publication. I flicked through a number of vacuous published commentaries on the patent – the line making me cringe most was explaining that as iTime will be detachable we’ll all be able to change our iTime straps for shiny colourful ones. This is the thing about much technology journalism we see today – but I can’t say anything that Om Malik didn’t articulate far better in a personal blog post, Silicon Valley and Parachute Reporting.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/162554239″ params=”color=ff0000&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
Here’s what I think: iTime will eventually have an open interface for 3rd party strap attachments as well as Apple’s own which will provide enhanced health and medical monitoring functionality. From advanced pulse monitoring to enzyme monitoring through dermal and surface analysis, perhaps even insulin management.
Yesterday James Kerman from QDesigns joined Tanya Rivero on WSJ Live to talk about their new QBracelet a beautifully designed charger for iPhone that you wear. It’s essentially a portable charging station, as it holds its charge for 30 days. Right now, it’s not feasible to have a product like the QBracelet use kinetic energy to charge itself, but it will be. And that’s the sort of innovation I expect iTime will use to make itself a permanent fixture in the wearer’s life.
And while we’re connecting additional straps (apart from the whacky coloured ones you love), don’t forget the outstanding Myo Bracelet from Thalmic Labs? There’s your interface for AppleTV waiting to happen.
External links & references
- Q Designs : QBracelet
- Human Kinetic Harvester for Wearable Devices : EE Times
- Silicon Valley & Parachute Journalism