EMC, Samsung Launch Major Products From Europe via Webcasts

By Eric Lundquist  |  Posted 2013-09-04 Print this article Print

The Gear in its present form is chunky, bears a strong resemblance to the Dick Tracy 2-way wrist radio and is a 1.0 version, which requires tethering. It is certainly less intrusive than the Google Glass product (which does not need a tether but does have a strong "creepiness" factor) and it does address the awkwardness of talking into a phablet or taking out your phone for simple photos, checking messages or answering calls. I'm expecting a parade of smart watches over the coming months.

While the products in themselves are interesting, the interplay between the devices is what matters. The Steve Jobs vision of a family of products with features geared to specific form factors, but all bearing a common theme, is proving true. Samsung is currently leading Apple in developing a family extending beyond tablets and smartphones. Apple might introduce a watch at its upcoming September product announcement, but that has not been confirmed.

The Galaxy Gear is promising, but does have some drawbacks. As a tethered device (via Bluetooth), the watch cannot function as a stand-alone cellular phone. The Gear also requires a user to learn a new interface and new set of swipe commands. It also adds one more device to tote along rather than reduce the various devices that now encumber consumers.

As for the two product Webcasts, they were about equal in their ability to deliver information. Despite all the technology advances associated with Web streaming, multimedia and high-definition cameras, these two Webcasts were still broadcasts of guys (and they were all guys) on stage delivering PowerPoint presentations.

The producers did add some cutaways to (in EMC's case, a silly stunt of employees changing F1 tires) and Samsung showing its new commercials. The concept of adding information (product specs, pricing and regional availability) in a separate window to accompany the video is either not within reach or not seen as important. For those of us watching remotely, adding information instead of entertainment would be welcome.

Eric Lundquist is a technology analyst at Ziff Brothers Investments, a private investment firm. Lundquist, who was editor-in-chief at eWEEK (previously PC WEEK) from 1996-2008 authored this article for eWEEK to share his thoughts on technology, products and services. No investment advice is offered in this article. All duties are disclaimed. Lundquist works separately for a private investment firm which may at any time invest in companies whose products are discussed in this article and no disclosure of securities transactions will be made.


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