Tech Talk

Mac Format - - MAC SOS - by Luis Villazon

Let’s be clear: £9,500 is a ridicu­lous amount to pay for a watch. It’s a ridicu­lous amount, even for a hand­made, one-of-a-kind watch that will last your life­time and be­yond. But for the rose-gold Ap­ple Watch Edi­tion with the white sport band – masspro­duced in a fac­tory – it goes be­yond ridicu­lous and into the realm of delu­sion. This is a first-gen­er­a­tion prod­uct so in two years it will be ob­so­lete. No, the Ap­ple Watch Edi­tion will be bought by just a hand­ful of rap­pers and chil­dren of Rus­sian oli­garchs. The Ap­ple Watch Sport looks more promis­ing. £340 is still too much

The Ap­ple Watch Edi­tion will be bought by just a hand­ful of rap­pers and chil­dren of Rus­sian oli­garchs

to in­ter­est me right now, but with the right app I could be swayed. Ingress play­ers al­ready have the Moto 360 watch and An­droid Wear.

Ap­ple Watch needs its own aug­mented re­al­ity game. The sub­tle wrist-tap­ping alert sys­tem is per­fect for play­ing dis­cretely dur­ing bor­ing meet­ings. A se­cret agent game, per­haps. Play­ers could re­ceive mis­sions from vir­tual drop boxes around the world. When you walk past a phys­i­cal drop box lo­ca­tion, your watch alerts you and you re­trieve in­struc­tions. This could be car­ry­ing a mes­sage to an­other phys­i­cal lo­ca­tion, tak­ing a photo of a land­mark or track­ing down an­other player. An Ap­ple Watch that lets me play that, and get no­ti­fi­ca­tions on my wrist, might just tempt me.

Luis’s first watch was a cheap clone of the 1970s James Bond Pul­sar P2. It showed the time.

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