Scott Hanselman

NEWSFLASH: Microsoft Wrist.NET - Fossil launches new Fossil Wrist.NET Watches and is taking orders

January 8, '04 Comments [3] Posted in Musings
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Some news for me and the three other dorks ;) that will be buying one of these watches.  Fossil just sent out their opt-in email to announce the availability of their watches on the Wrist.NET MSN Direct Platform.  Here's the Microsoft Press Release and the MSN Direct Site.

There's a great PDF from the CeBIT conference here.

Here's some interesting details about the hardware:

  • 28 MHz ARM7 Baseband processor
  • 512 Kb ROM, 384 Kb RAM
  • FM Radio Receiver: 12 Kb/s data rate
  • Cool internal hardware diagram from National Semiconductor:

Of course, I'm having MINE overnighted.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Thursday, January 08, 2004 4:50:27 PM UTC
See I'm definitely a gadget guy - but I'm not buying a watch like this. I want my watch to be nice - not a gadget.

That's why I'm more interested in the smartphones or maybe even some wearables.
Thursday, January 08, 2004 6:10:41 PM UTC
I wish companies would come up with a more "innovative" price point. $10/month is a bit much. But every new online service (XBox Live, SimsOnline, EA Sports, etc) seem stuck on it. Those $10/month services really start to add up. Consider that I can get basic landline phone service for about $15 month - that is a LOT of functionality.

This service would be really attractive at $1.99/month. Let's get this service out to the masses, not just for the geeks that have to have everything (and probably already have a fancy cell phone, blackberry, etc that can do pretty much everything this watch does).

So come on Microsoft, innovate on the price! Watches for the "real" masses, not the geek gadget elite.
Josh
Thursday, January 08, 2004 6:46:52 PM UTC
Let us know how the MSN Messenger 6.0 functionality works with the watch. I'm curious how even if your away from your computer messages can be routed to your watch. That is if that is how it's supposed to work. Enlighten us when you have the time. :)

Thanks

KP
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