Over the last month or so I have been paying attention to the various Web sites and postings related to the recently release Apple Watch. It is interesting to observe, read and listen to the incredible level of noise out there – especially the large number of very loud voices thrashing the product.
I am surprised to notice that even the biking community – which I thought has traditionally been a whole lot more progressive and receptive of new ideas and technologies – is extremely polarized on the topic of the usefulness of the Apple Watch. The opinions range from extremely negative to very positive….which really highlights several things:
- Too many people – even those considering themselves progressive and innovative really resist change! How else but by experimenting with new products will any new technology, product concept or idea, will survive and develop….?
- For those of you who do not agree with the bullet above – think of the Apple Newton… It was 1992 (approximately) when the product came out and failed shortly after that. Yes, it failed badly – but 10 years later the Palm Pilot was all the rage, and another 10- years later various smart connected devices rule the product space and have caused the demise of the PC industry…..
- Back to the Apple Watch – if you are on your bike and exploring a new area of town or you are in a new place all together, turn on the Apple iPhone maps on and your Watch becomes a VERY handy navigation device – you have to experience to believe what I am saying – the Watch provides very intuitive navigation hints and turn by turn directions. It is one of the best use cases so far !!! (in my opinion)
In a few words – we have to fail often in order to succeed !!!