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Apple Watch: an interface for life?

Andy O’Donoghue joined Bobby Kerr on Newstalk’s Down To Business to discuss the patent recently granted to Apple for a device they termed iTime. Andy though thinks Apple have done a good job convincing the market that they’re building a Smart Watch with lovely interchangeable (lulti-coloured!) straps, whereas, could iTime in fact be an interface for your entire life?

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Andy O’Donoghue joined Bobby Kerr on Newstalk’s Down To Business to discuss the patent recently granted to Apple for a device they termed iTime. Andy though thinks Apple have done a good job convincing the market that they’re building a Smart Watch with lovely interchangeable (lulti-coloured!) straps, whereas, could iTime in fact be an interface for your entire life? Three key areas of the patent caught Andy’s eye; haptics, personal wireless environment and, not so much ‘dockability’ but ‘detachability’. Add these features to HealthKit and HomeKit, a dash of Disney’s AIREAL and you’ll get a sense of why Andy sounds a little excited.

About Down To Business

Businessman, former Dragon Bobby Kerr presents a unique, lively and interactive business show each Saturday at 11am-1pm on Newstalk 106-108fm, Ireland’s leading independent radio station.

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Hotels.com upgrade app for Apple Watch, with mobile exclusive deals

Hotel Guests booking via Hotels.com will be notified about their upcoming reservation and have access to their booking details accompanied by an image of the hotel and address and in addition the app screens will include directions to the hotel and will issue reminders to the guest about check-in and check-out detail.

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Apple Watch ‘appeared’ in retail today, and although there was no excited crowd this morning in Apple’s Flagship London store on Regent’s Street, the popular press have been reporting speculation that the watch will sell out, before it goes on sale, on April 24. Today, from 8:01am Apple Watch was available to order online from Apple, but if you’d like to try before you buy, Apple Retail in the UK has them in-store today in their retail stores.  In a move similar to the iPhone launch, it appears that your local Apple reseller, even Apple Premium Resellers, will not have AppleWatch in store for teh foreseeable future, so your option for buying is a pretty narrow one; order online and when it enters mainstream retail, it will be via Apple’s online or retail channels only.

I wrote about the patent for this watch, the ‘iTime patent’ last year and whilst pricing worked out as anticipated it seems Apple have very firmly launched a First-Generation product, in the style of the initial iPhone launch. In the redcert Podcast, Dermot Daly the founder of Tapadoo discussed his impression as a developers of the development tools that for WatchKit, and although some speculation since, I think the lack of interfaces or features around the straps for instance illustrate that the watch is likely to be a slow-burner; Straps are The New Apps I thought, but not yet it seems.

The list of apps being prepared for AppleWatch is growing, but the screen size of AppleWatch means there are certain sectors that will benefit most from moving their content to the small screen and as the Apple Watch became available for order today, Hotels.com announced an update to its Apple app, that will facilitate users with Apple Watches to receive notifications direct to their wrist through a vibrating alert, commencing on April 24.

 

We are very excited to be one of the first travel companies on board with the Apple Watch. We are delighted to be able to provide our customers with this innovative experience, to make their trip even more relaxed and stress-free. Dan Craig, Hotels.com

Hotel Guests booking via Hotels.com will be notified about their upcoming reservation and have access to their booking details accompanied by an image of the hotel and address and in addition the app screens will include directions to the hotel and will issue reminders to the guest about check-in and check-out detail.

One of the most useful features though, may well be a feature that enables the 40 million or so downloaders of the Hotels.com app users to identify last-minute hotel deals in their current location, allowing selection of hotel by their preferred rate, including access to 20,000 mobile exclusive deals.

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2015: The Year of Wearable & Apple’s WatchKit

In a video shortcut from Episode 15 of the Redcert Podcast, I asked Dermot Daly the founder & CEO of leading app development company Tapadoo about WatchKit and his initial thoughts on working on apps for Apple’s first wearable device.

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In a video shortcut from Episode 14 of the Redcert Podcast, I asked Dermot Daly the founder & CEO of leading app development company Tapadoo about WatchKit and his initial thoughts on working on apps for Apple’s first wearable device.

Surely, surely, straps are the new Apps?

As this year’s CES kicks off, it looks that 2015 looks to be the year of wearable – undoubtedly helped by Apple’s ‘validation’ of the sector with the anticipated launch of the Apple Watch in late March. But what does Apple’s development framework for Apple Watch, WatchKit tell us about the potential capabilities and features of Apple’s first wearable device?

After I’d studied the Apple Watch patent, I thought that straps would play a significant part of the Apple Watch accessory & app ecosystem. There’s a swirl of 3rd party development and excitement around any new or significant upgraded iOS device and I thought it likely that Apple’s WatchKit would reveal the capability for hardware developers to create very useful straps, serving up useful features like enzyme analysis or kinetic charging capability.

When Tim Cook said he controls his AppleTV with his Apple Watch I was convinced that Apple and Disney Research had finally created the perfect television interface leveraging Disney’s Aireal with Apple Watch serving as a personalised gesture control – think Michael Douglas in Disclosure or the NASA data glove. It appears not, and in one of our most popular podcast extracts from 2014, Dermot explains why.

External links& references

  1. Apple’s iTime is destined to fail : John C. Dvorak
  2. Podcast #11 : High time for iTime
  3. Newstalk: Apple’s iTime patent: Bobby Kerr & Andy O’Donoghue
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Podcast #11 : high time for iTime

So summer is officially over and it’s a new season of the Redcert Podcast: did you unplug for the summer? Dermot Daly and Andy O’Donoghue discuss getting your ‘Digital Detox’ on the Brecon Beacons with UK company Unplugged Weekend, Apple’s iTime patent, Wearable Experiments’s Alert Shirt for Aussie Rules fans, parachute journalism in technology, the Skully AR helmet and that’s for starters.

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So summer is officially over and it’s a new season of the Redcert Podcast: did you unplug for the summer? Dermot Daly and Andy O’Donoghue discuss getting your ‘Digital Detox’ on the Brecon Beacons with UK company Unplugged Weekend, Apple’s iTime patent, Wearable Experiments’s Alert Shirt for Aussie Rules fans, parachute journalism in technology, the Skully AR helmet and that’s for starters.

External links & references

  1. Wearable Experiements : Alert Shirt
  2. iTime : the interesting parts of the patent : redcert.com
  3. Skully AR-1 : Indiegogo : funded 600%+
  4. Unplugged Weekend : Digital Detox in the UK

 

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