The phrase “wearable computing” is one you’ll be hearing a lot of over the next few years. There’s Google Glass, the rumored Apple iWatch, and now the Neptune Pine. What is the Pine? Take an Android smartphone, shrink it down to something you can fit on your wrist, and give it a 2.4 inch screen. That’s it, that’s the Pine. If you’re interested in more of the tech specs, then feel free to read them on Pine’s website. We’re not going to bother bringing them up because … let’s be serious, this thing is never going to hit the market.
It’s just another geek’s fantasy.
Will there ever be a watch with a large screen and a SIM card slot that runs a full blown smartphone operating system? Probably, but we’re quite a ways off from that happening. There are multiple factors to consider. Starting with the most obvious one, the battery life. How long do you expect a watch that runs Android and is connected to a 3G network to last? One day? Two days maximum? Do you want yet another thing to charge? How will the Pine interact with the devices you already own? Will it at all?
We applaud companies for trying crazy things, but we’re not going to give them praise for shipping products that are essentially alpha versions of devices that are two to three years out. The Pine just gives off a vibe that we’re not sure we really like.
But hey, we could be totally wrong and it could be absolutely amazing. What do you think?