I don’t consider myself a “watch person.” That said, if
someone ever offered a timepiece that worked in conjunction with my phone to view,
integrate and respond to apps, email and text messages – I’d definitely do a
double take. About five years back, we displayed a concept watch that would act
as your personal wireless gateway. It was part of our vision for what mobile
tech could look like in, say, 2015. Without us being aware, Fossil
saw that vision and went off and worked on creating their version of that
Awhile back, I received a call from Fossil asking for a
meeting. When they came in, they showed us an early prototype version of a watch
they refer to as MetaWatch. I was shocked. Now it doesn’t do everything we
defined as part of the concept, but it does some of the basics that I think we
would all want. It can display, respond and interact with the applications
running on the wireless devices you have.
During a recent trip to China, I showed the MetaWatch by
Fossil in the context of an investigation we call the “family of devices.” Now,
let me be clear about this: The MetaWatch isn’t something you can buy. Nor is
this some kind of promise that anyone is even producing it. Right now, it is an
investigation that Fossil (and HP) are currently working on.
My ultimate kid fantasy of having the D!ck Tracy watch may
not be that far away.
What do you think of the MetaWatch concept? Is it high time
for a watch to offer all sorts of connected features? What would you like to
see in it? Let me know in the comment box.