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Smartwatch Design Gets Better

January 9th, 2014 No comments

The following are some appealing new designs of smartwatches:

(1) New pebble vs old pebble:

(2) New Meta Smartwatches

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(3) Cookoo’s analog timepiece

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One attractive point of Cookoo’s watch is its battery life time. Cookoo’s reps boast it’s more than a year.

My major concern about smartwatches includes design, battery life, and pricing.  Happy to see these new designs moving in the right direction. Cookoo’s watch battery life is also nice.  I assume it is largely achieved by its minimal functionality.  Eventually, I would think energy harvesting, maybe combined with remote charging, would be the main way to deal with the unpleasant plug-in-to-charge for watch-like wearable.   Pricing, however, is still a big issue. Ultimately, I believe only when the price goes below $50, the market will really start to open up.  Premium services, not the hardware, are the way to make money in the smartwatch space. 

McKinsey’s Report on Web2.0 Benefits

September 4th, 2009 No comments

There were lots of opinions and gossips about the business benefit of web2.0. This study presents a more in-depth survey result. It would have been nicer if the benefits quoted are more measurable.
 
How companies are benefiting from Web 2.0 – McKinsey Quarterly – Business Technology – Strategy

Web 2.0 technologies can be a powerful lure for an organization; their interactivity promises to bring more employees into daily contact at lower cost. When used effectively, they also may encourage participation in projects and idea sharing, thus deepening a company’s pool of knowledge. They may bring greater scope and scale to organizations as well, strengthening bonds with customers and improving communications with suppliers and outside partners.

This year’s survey turned up strong evidence that these advantages are translating into measurable business gains (Exhibit 1). When we asked respondents about the business benefits their companies have gained as a result of using Web 2.0 technologies, they most often report greater ability to share ideas; improved access to knowledge experts; and reduced costs of communications, travel, and operations. Many respondents also say Web 2.0 tools have decreased the time to market for products and have had the effect of improving employee satisfaction.

Looking beyond company borders, significant benefits have stemmed from better interactions with organizations and customers. The ability to forge closer ties has increased customers’ awareness and consideration of companies’ products and has improved customer satisfaction. Respondents also say they have been able to burnish their innovation skills, perhaps because their companies and customers jointly shape and cocreate products using Web 2.0 connections. Some respondents report that these customer interactions have resulted in measurable increases in revenues.

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Six Product and Marketing Milestones

September 3rd, 2009 No comments

An interesting perspective from
Build an Insanely Great Web Service – ReadWriteStart

Six Milestones from 30 Seconds to 3 Years

Here is what an insanely great Web product looks like to the average user right now and through the next 3 years:

* 30 seconds: “I get it.”
* 3 minutes: “I’ve used it and still get it, and it has not annoyed me yet.”
* 3 days: “I find this really useful or fun.”
* 3 weeks: “I am raving about this to other people.”
* 3 months: “I couldn’t imagine not having this, and I’m boring my friends telling them about it.”
* 3 years: “How weird to see this on Oprah.”

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