Woz Riffs on Watches, Engineering

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The Woz showed off his nixie tube watch and gave the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch a big thumbs down in a public appearance here.

Steve Wozniak, the designer of the original Apple personal computer, was in top form, firing off opinions in his characteristic, rapid, stream-of-consciousness style on everything from innovation and the Internet of Things to what inspired him to become an engineer.

Woz came to an on-stage interview at the Flash Memory Summit here wearing a bulky black gadget on his wrist, a 140V nixie tube watch. “I like the show-off factor… and it's waterproof so you can take in the bathtub, which my wife says you can do once anyway,” he quipped.

Steve Wozniack (Source: Wikipedia)

Steve Wozniack
(Source: Wikipedia)

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— Rick Merritt is the Silicon Valley Bureau Chief of EE Times.

5 comments on “Woz Riffs on Watches, Engineering

  1. _hm
    August 8, 2014

    Steve Woz who? Looks like archaic person with almost nil contribution in last two decades.


  2. prabhakar_deosthali
    August 11, 2014

    Whether Woz commented this on a lighter vein or not, one thing is sure that , we have to still find the REAL applications for werables technology and IoT.

    Til we find one, such gadjets can be use to test market the technology !

  3. Anand
    August 12, 2014

    @Rich: Exactly. His contribution to the computer world is undeniable. I mean come on. The man designed a working computer, and many companies were influenced by its design. Not to mention because of him many companies (both software and hardware) thrived and became what they are today.

  4. Anand
    August 12, 2014

    @Prabhakar: Wearables in IO T come with a lot of junk software. Most of these software do not have a powerful garbage collection policy which creates mismatch when obtaining data from the user and sending to the cloud. The wearables lose their precision over time.

    August 12, 2014

    Does anyone think these watch gizmos are really going to take off or are they fads that are soon to become Dodos?

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