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Sunday, January 5, 2003

My iPod Dream

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Short of having a video-iPod (one that can be a digital wallet for my digital camera's memory sticks or MP4 video clips (which I would buy in a split second)), my next dream for the iPod would be a wrist-remote (the iPodWatch?). I hate having to pull my iPod out of the case or reach for it from it's safety spot on my desk to see which song is playing. I listen to a lot of new music and don't always have the artist/title memorized. The best idea would be a wireless (bluetooth?) watch/remote that would control the iPod and display all the info. To avoid accidental button-pushing whilst under a sleeve or jacket, I moved controls to the outer edges (like most any watch) and made the entire face a twistable (rotating) control instead of a touch-wheel. It is a spring-loaded face that only turns a few degrees and takes a firm bit of force to do so. I think this sort of design would be similar enough to the iPod's built-in controls that most people would find it intuitive. Under the face of the iPodWatch is the wireless bluetooth transmitter/receiver (could use for Palm, phones, etc, also). To go along with the iPodWatch would also be a nice set of wireless bluetooth headphones. Relief! No more tangled or dangling cables!
Of course, it would be a fully functional watch as well.
Note: This is only my dream. I have no connection with Apple in any way or form except as a customer.
UPDATE: I wasn't terribly far off in my idea as Apple and Burton came out with the Amp jacket.


posted by jeremy at 05:11 PM | On This Day: 2001


visitor chattering

I never even thought of blue tooth head phones. I know they have real big, like studio quality ones that use 900 spread spectrem, but thats for home theatues, not for walking around.

posted by: Blaine Hilton on January 5, 2003 5:34 PM

Ok I take it all back...you are the King..I surrender my staff and crown...and oh yeah I want one of these things........
In Bedrock! twist twist!!

posted by: Dash Riprock on January 5, 2003 5:43 PM

aren't you worried that the frequency of the wireless connection is going to cause cancer in untested test tube animals... and aren't you worried that it would take 4 AA batteries to run this thing.

posted by: bill on January 6, 2003 1:07 AM

I'd sue you for f**kin patent infringement if it wouldn't make me have to reveal my secret identity.

I've had one of these on my wrist since the 60's.

Hook it up to the batmobile? I use something I coined "fangtooth wireless technology" completely multichannel and bidirectional it automatically locks onto my surround sound batmobile radio and gives me Riddlerass kickin sound.
As for powering it up,if I am more than a mile away, I powerup with 5 tablespoons of bat guano....as long as I am with 1 mile of the batmobile the radiation from the atomic pile that is in the engine keeps it all running. (And I don't need any f**kin indiglo for it either...hell my batnuts glow more than your frigging watch pal.......(besides catwoman is a kink and she digs that the "batrod" glows)

posted by: Bruce Wayne on January 6, 2003 7:19 PM

I think I know who the previous logger was, I think it was dick Tracy

posted by: Green Hornett on January 6, 2003 10:17 PM

Wow! That is so on the money, it made my nipples hard. Before I became an iPod fiend I was a MiniDisc fiend and the only thing I miss is the nifty little remote that came with my Sony. I, as well, have a ton of new music on my 20 gigger (Calliope)(call me a geek, I named my iPod),and I'm not too comfortable taking out my $500 toy on the bus in ghetto central to see who I'm listening to. Steve Jobs, if your watching, hire this guy!!

posted by: Mouser on January 8, 2003 1:17 PM

I accidentally stumbled upon this site...in search of earbud headsets for my ipod.... (small ear canal challenged) anyway my comments on the watch...incredible!!

posted by: Jack Tripper on August 31, 2003 10:22 PM

Great minds think alike! I've been thinking of something like this for awhile as well. In addition to all your features I would also include:

-about 16-32MB of user accessible flash memory so people can store important files on the watch and carry them wherever they go.

-rechargeable batteries with some sort of cradle. Bluetooth will significantly decrease the battery life especially with a battery that would fit in a watch.

-cell phone integration. When someone calls the watch would show the caller ID info and allow you to reject or answer the call (perfect if you're using a Bluetooth headset). You could also set the phone to silent or un-silent from the watch, and of course access your contacts.

-it would function not only as an iPod remote, but a remote for any other Bluetooth device, especially computers.

posted by: Tom Robinson on October 31, 2003 11:45 AM

I did a search for "Bluetooth watch" and got here. I had a similar idea, but you took it WAAAY further than just thinking about it. Kudos. I want it to use in conjunction with my cell phone. That way, when a call comes in, I can see the caller id on my watch and not have to drag out the phone. Kinda defeats the purpose of a Bluetooth headset. Let me know when someone buys your idea, makes you a millionaire and I can buy one. thnx, daniel.

posted by: daniel on January 28, 2004 8:16 PM

Hi are you going to actually create these and sell them i think they would be fucking amazing! Dan lid

posted by: Daniel Liddington on May 13, 2004 5:36 AM

I also did a search for "Bluetooth Watch" and got here. I was thinking of a watch like this for my Palm as a remote. And to access phone numbers and schedules. Caller ID for your home and cell phone would be great also. I just love the possibilities that Bluetooth will provide in the near future.

posted by: CJ on May 19, 2004 1:41 AM

Oh!... and what alot of things including this watch need is a wireless charging pad or even blanket. Think of it charging still on your wrist while you sleep. The charging pad that you can just set your other devices on to charge. No need for wires. I have seen something like this for a laptop, but now I can't find it anymore. But I think it should be used everywhere. Maybe in the future we will have "Charging Hotspots" like we have "Wifi Hotspots". But that is just a little dream of mine.

posted by: CJ on May 19, 2004 1:45 AM