Third, there’s a big button below the crown, again on the right side. Apple showed only one function for it: Press it to summon the icons of the people you communicate with most frequently, in order to send them texts, drawings, or — this is so cool — tap signals.

For example, when you want to leave a party, tap three times on your watch’s screen. Your spouse feels the same tapping pattern on her wrist, elsewhere in the room. Or you could send a silent “I love you” tap to your spouse’s wrist when you’re thousands of miles apart.

David Pogue on the Apple Watch.  <— this is a great quick read btw

IMHO this is the most interesting part of the Apple Watch story.  This mini-sketch/haptic communication stuff will inspire a lot of creative spin offs and experiments.

When I was a student at NYU’s ITP program, there was 1-2 projects a year like this — sharing lightweight presence and connectivity and often involving heartbeats and physical haptic nudges (“hey, i’m thinking about you”). Each project was all awesome in their own little way and you always wished they were real projects (and real projects that worked for longer than just a demo :)  The Apple Watch will bring a lot of these playful themes to the masses and that’s going to be cool to watch.

Apple + iWatch Wildcard Prediction (just for the record)

If Apple launches a watch, the most interesting part of it will be new biometric sensors that can measure caloric intake (and possibly the quality of that caloric intake) — sensors that no one thinks exists because no one has ever seen them.

Just like the iPhone launch showed people a touchscreen that worked like no other touchscreen they’ve seen before, Apple will show people health sensors that people didn’t believe existed.

bijan

"That will never work"

bijan:

MG wrote a post yesterday about scoffing in the technology world. It’s a great read, especially going into the new iPhone and “iWatch” launch today.

It also reminded me of all the scoffing I’ve heard in my time as an investor these 9+ years. Things like: 

"User generated content can’t compete with professional content"

"Advertisers won’t put their ad next to user generated content"

"You can’t build a big company outside of Silicon Valley"

"You can’t hire great engineers in San Francisco"

"You can’t build a big business around photographs"

"We wanted flying cars and all we got were 140 characters"

"Digital goods are a fad"

"Social networks are a fad"

"Startups can’t build hardware"

"Why would someone want a blog"

"You can’t compete with Facebook"

"Nobody cares about virtual reality"

"You can’t build a real company with a $15k seed" (in reference to all the early scoffing about YC in the early days)

"You can’t build a big company in the music space"

"You can’t build a big company if you don’t charge for your software"

"Bitcoin will never work"

"You can’t build a big open source company"

It is a helpful reminder why I love this industry. 

Great post.  I’ve been hearing “that’ll never work” for years.  

Which I’ve been so amped up about these pics the last two days:

http://instagram.com/p/suiIpCGvpn/?modal=true

http://instagram.com/p/suROb4mviv/?modal=true

Took the #Moto360 Android watch for a test drive last night and was pleasantly surprised to get advice from @Foursquare on my wrist whenever we stopped somewhere (dinner then drinks in Williamsburg).  This has been the &#8220;4SQ vision of the future&#8221; we&#8217;ve been talking about for a long long time and it makes me super proud of our team for actually building it (it feels like magic!) and excited to keep pushing this direction forward.  (at Sweet Science)

Took the #Moto360 Android watch for a test drive last night and was pleasantly surprised to get advice from @Foursquare on my wrist whenever we stopped somewhere (dinner then drinks in Williamsburg). This has been the “4SQ vision of the future” we’ve been talking about for a long long time and it makes me super proud of our team for actually building it (it feels like magic!) and excited to keep pushing this direction forward. (at Sweet Science)

foursquare

More stickers and easier check-ins with friends. Download the new and updated Swarm today.

foursquare:

There’s a brand new update of Swarm out today, and it addresses two of the constant asks from our community – more stickers, and make it easier to check in the people you’re with.

First up, when you’re looking to add a little flair to your check-in, you’ll notice an easier way to choose from your stickers. When you’re checking in and you tap on the sticker book icon, you’ll see all the stickers that you’ve unlocked, those that you don’t yet have, and teases of new stickers to come in the future. And, if you tap on the silhouette of one you haven’t earned yet, you’ll see a little clue as to how you can soon make it yours (without taking all the fun away). Oh, and those question marks? We wanted to keep some stickers a total mystery.

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We’ve also made it easier to check in with your friends. When you’re checking in, tapping the add friends button will show you a list of friends you’ve recently been with, as well as friends that are nearby. Tap whoever you’re with and they’ll be checked in.

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Finally, if you’re on iOS, we’re giving you an early sneak preview of the new map view of your history. Tap on the little map icon, and you’ll see all your check-ins around the world, broken down by where they are. It’s still got a bug or two, but it’s a feature that people ask for a ton.

In the past few months since releasing Swarm, we’ve been working hard to listen to all of your feedback and build new features for the app as fast as possible. We’ve also put a lot of focus on location accuracy and fixed some bugs in the meantime. As always, let us know your thoughts on the update at swarmfeedback@foursquare.com.

Grab Swarm 1.1 for iOS and Android now.

I’m liking what we did with this 1.1 build a lot.