Google design VP compares smart watches to electric can openers, doesn't open a can of worms

Google design VP compares smart watches to electric can openers, doesn't open a can of worms
Google VP of Design, Matias Duarte, sat down for an interview with Bloomberg's Joshua Topolsky at the Business Week design 2015 conference. The Android Wear smartwatch on Duarte's wrist shifted the conversation to the wearables everyone loves to hate (while they secretly want one), and the top googler was admirably level-headed on the subject. Duarte compared today's smart watches to the almighty electric can opener - in the way that not everyone really needs it, or even pondered getting it at some point, but having one is better than a mechanical one. Can you argue with that?

With this statement, the VP didn't open a crack of worms, but merely shared a reasonable sentiment. He also claimed that you probably want a smartwatch if you're swarmed with notifications, or like to track your fitness accomplishments. 

Without becoming defensive, Duarte tried to extinguish the ongoing debate around smart watches' usefulness by giving an insider's glimpse on the future. After all, he represents a company that's building the future as we speak, so don't take his words lightly. One day, the VP says, our everyday computer will be a series of connected devices, and we'll be treating them the way we treat apps today.

 One device, one purpose - we get it, but geez, Matias, the future sounds kind of expensive! At least the present is clear - smart watches are nice to have, but hardly a necessity.



1. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It is just the cycle in technology. It goes from there being a power device that does everything, to several devices that specialize and then back. The same happened in tech with desktops with Mainframe computers, to individual pcs and desktops, laptops, tablets, etc. and now back to the unified ones through clouds.

2. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

smartwatch as an accessory is a hardsell, but as a standalone personal health-tracking mini wrist computer, there are many potentials. too bad we don't have the battery technology to get there yet

3. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Heck we don't poses the battery technology for smartphones today.

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

When it comes to the future of batteries, I keep reading article after article about various companies and technical institutions making breakthroughs with new battery technology, but nothing ever comes from it. I think the next breakthrough will come from one of three sources, Tesla, Apple, or Google. Tesla is already producing batteries for their roadsters that can travel 400 miles on a single charge. Apple and Google are both developing wearable technology and for there endeavors to become successful they're going to have small profile, high capacity batteries.

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