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July 22, 2015

The best of Public Access Vol. 6: Apple Watch edition

by John_A

It’s unlikely we’ll get the real dirt on Apple Watch sales anytime soon, but that hasn’t stopped analysts, journalists and basically anyone with a pulse from speculating about the wearable’s potential success or failure. In the leadup to Apple’s latest earnings report, we heard news of declining adoption rates from Fast Company and developer disinterest from The New York Times. Since everyone seems to be watching the Watch, we asked you to weigh in on the future of the wrist-worn category and you delivered. Brandon Côté envisioned a wearable future that mirrors Ender’s Game while Carl Zetie suggested that it’s a largely a product category without a problem to solve.

While all eyes are on Apple today, next week we’ll be watching Motorola as it prepares to unveil its latest flagship smartphones. The Moto X is a far cry from the first commercially available mobile phone, the DynaTAC 8000x, but Motorola’s impact on the world of mobile technology is undeniable. What would the world look like without cellphones today? This week we want you to consider the biggest technological advancements of the last 50 years and imagine where we’d be without them today.

Selfie sticks anyone?

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“So goodbye early 2000s with your clunky laptops, nice knowing you 2010s with your smartphones, but can’t wait to meet you 2020! The decade when my watch is my personal computer, and instead of capacitive glass as an input, I use my vocal chords and ear canal-no biohacking involved!”

Read the rest of What’s a wearable for? To augment yourself, of course by Brandon Côté

“The darkest view of all, though, is that the problem is neither the technology nor the app. The problem may be that wearables are a technology still looking for a problem to solve.”

Read the rest of The Unwearable Truth by Carl Zetie

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