I’m sure we have all wondered what Apple would come up with next. iPods, iPhones, iPads. What’s next? Well, it appears that rumors are out that Apple is working with its major manufacturing partner, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. to explore things beyond the smartphone and tablet…to create an iWatch. The New York Times cited “people familiar with the company’s explorations,” who said the watch-like gadget would be made of curved glass. Corning’s Willow Glass, or tough Gorilla Glass, is used on the iPhone, as well as other smartphones. As Corning notes about Willow Glass: It will “help enable thin, light and cost-efficient applications including today’s slim displays and the smart surfaces of the future. The thinness, strength and flexibility of the glass has the potential to enable displays to be ‘wrapped’ around a device or structure.”The New York Times calls this “Disruptions: Where Apple and Dick Tracy May Converge“.
I wonder if the new iWatch will eventually evolve to have web 3.0 and include the capability to gather information about the user? Will it have Siri built in? Will it have mobile widgets? Will it have the capability to capture comprehensive website data such as names, email addresses and other profile information? Will banner ads begin scrolling across the screen when it detects movement? Advertisers will find a way to inject their ads into any type of mobile device. It will only be a matter of time before they figure out the best and most effective way to use the new iWatch for this very purpose.
Other recent smart watches that have been placed on the market are the Pebble, which retails for $150, which launched via Kickstarter. The Pebble can show incoming calls, emails, calendar alerts, Facebook messages, weather alerts, Tweets and more.
The other is the COOKOO Connected Watch, which retails for $129, and uses either an iOS or Android app to let the user know when there is an incoming call, an appointment or a new Facebook message.