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Smartwatch interest ticks up as Apple Watch fever rises

Matt Hamblen | Nov. 21, 2014
But smart glasses aren't as enticing, survey shows

Compared with the MICA, the Gear S is larger, but its curved screen and other details show Samsung is focused on improved styling. Nonetheless, CNET reviewer Scott Stein dubbed it "the phablet of watch displays."

IT shops watch and wait
Given the various shortcomings of the latest smartwatches and other wearables, there's little urgency yet on the part of IT executives to understand their impact on the enterprise. Still, smartwatches, wristbands and bracelets are already being worn -- and used -- in some workplaces.

"Some people are wearing smartwatches here and that's yet another tech space that will evolve," Eric Reed, CTO at GE Capital, said in a recent interview. Reed oversees the mobile computing and related needs of 50,000 GE workers and helps guide computing decisions affecting millions of GE customers. His team conducts field tests on different new smartphones, tablets and other devices.

"Most smartwatches require a connection to a phone and they are an interesting tech space, but there's not a lot of screen real estate on many of them" to perform involved work tasks, Reed said. "I'm not sure how much smartwatches are a consumer thing or an enterprise thing yet. It's a little early to say."

 

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