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Emerging lifestyle devices for humans and pets

There is a quickly emerging set of companies focusing on mobile-enhanced lifestyle devices.  They let you monitor – heart rate, activity, sleep, walking distance, etc.

I don’t think these type of gadgets will become mainstream… but I can see evolved versions of these devices in the next 5 years emerge that are cheap and help people manage chronic health conditions.

Jawbone UP

Striiv Play

Fitbit

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Basis

Nike+ Fuelband

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Pets also have their own devices to help track their fitness and location…

Pet Tracker

iPhone, Samsung, Nokia, HTC – likes/dislikes

I’ve been playing with iPhone, Samsung, HTC and Nokia phones and was reflecting on what  I like/dislike about each:

Samsung Galaxy SIII:

+ great screen (bright, crisp)

+ very responsive

+ comfortable to hold (smooth edges, light)

+ great photo quality

+ microSD card support

+ replaceable battery

+ microUSB charger / sync cable

+ google goggles

– S-Voice

– screen is too wide to easily work with the apps – needs both hands to use the device

– Android OS and apps are not consistent in interaction behaviours

HTC One V:

+ great screen (bright, crisp)

+ can manipulate apps using one hand

+ microSD card support

+ microUSB charger / sync cable

– no replaceable battery

– poor photo quality

– laggy response on launching apps

– Android OS and apps are not consistent in interaction behaviours

– Android OS update to latest version not available

Nokia 900:

+ great screen (bright, crisp)

+ microUSB charger / sync cable

– no replaceable battery

– no microSD card support

– poor photo quality

– uncomfortable to hold (heavy, blocky edges)

– button placement on right side of device not only makes device uncomfortable to hold, but also makes for unintended button pushes

– screen is too wide to easily work with the apps – need both hands to use the device

– WP7 Metro interface is terrible (inconsistent, non-intuitive, clunky, spurious visual effects) – it felt antiquated rather then new

– Not upgradable to WP8

iPhone 4S:

+ great screen (bright, crisp)

+ very responsive

+ great photo quality (with HDR enabled)

+ OS and apps are consistent in interaction behaviours

+ can manipulate apps using one hand

+ iOS updates available to latest version

– SIRI

– no microSD card support

– no replaceable battery

– no microUSB charger / sync cable  (proprietary & expensive connector)

 

I learned a new word today “SKEUOMORPHISM”

I came across this article about the termination of two senior Apple staff – Reports Claim Forstall And Browett Were Asked To Leave Apple Following Crucial Missteps.

The article noted that one executive was responsible for the “SKEUOMORPHISM” that pervades iOS and is considered a source of tension within the company.   I didn’t even know what the word meant, let alone that it was an issue with iOS.

After digging around a bit, it turns out that “SKEUOMORPHISM” is a catch-all term for when objects retain ornamental elements of past, derivative iterations–elements that are no longer necessary to the current objects’ functions.  Examples in iOS include: calendars with faux leather-stitching, bookshelves with wood veneers, fake glass and paper and brushed chrome.

For my part I like those ornamental elements… it is part of what sets Apple apart.

Apparently the main people that find this a problem are designers.