Wearable Devices: The Next “Smart” Platform
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
6:00 - 7:00pm Networking and Refreshments
7:00 - 8:30pm Panel Discussion and Q&A
Stanford Graduate School of Business
Parking: The parking lot for Cemex Auditorium is underneath the Graduate School of Business off East Campus Drive. To get there, take Serra St from El Camino Real and make a right turn onto Campus Drive (in front of the Valero Gas station on-campus) and then turn at your second left into the underground lot. Parking is free after 4:00 PM on weekdays. The Cemex Auditorium is in Zambrano Hall. To get there, exit the parking lot by the elevator on the lot's south side then head due west (away from Campus Drive) and Zambrano will be the last building on your right.
Leveraging the SmartPhone ecosystem and Moore’s Law, entrepreneurs are launching a new class of small wearable devices. These general purpose compute platform devices are about to disrupt the world of consumer electronics and embedded devices, because they provide modern UIs and open Software development environments.
Start-ups, and giant global companies like Sony Ericsson and Motorola target the wrist as the beachhead, to launch these new platforms.
Will entrepreneurs re-invent Watches, Consumer Electronics, Sporting gear, Medical equipment, etc. Will the devices work as clients to Smartphone or the Cloud or both? Will entrepreneurs build Apps and services for Wearables, as they did for Smartphone and Tablets? We explore these questions, plus the challenges of start-ups creating Wearable Platforms.
Rafe Needleman, Editor, CBS Interactive
Rafe has been covering technology for over 20 years, 7 at CNET. He critiques mobile apps and startup companies, and runs a weekly tech issues podcast, Reporters' Roundtable. He recently launched a new series for entrepreneurs, Startup Secrets. He also reports on bad PR on his blog, Pro PR Tips.
Timothy D. Twerdahl, Vice President, WIMM Labs
Tim is a consumer electronics veteran, with a track record of delivering critically acclaimed and commercially successful products. As WIMM Labs' VP of Product, Tim leads the marketing, product management, and user experience teams. Tim joined WIMM Labs from Roku where he was Vice President in charge of marketing and product management. Prior to Roku, Tim led product management for Netflix's Internet TV initiative. Tim has also held senior product management and marketing positions at Motorola, Palm and Time Warner. Tim earned a master’s degree from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree from Hamilton College. Tim holds fourteen patents for consumer electronics products.
Bill Geiser, CEO, Meta Watch Ltd.
Bill Geiser is the CEO for Meta Watch Ltd. Meta Watch is a design and technology development company focused on reinventing the watch as a glanceable display for mobile devices and web services. Meta Watch is a spin-off of Fossil Inc.’s connected watch business, where Geiser served as the VP of Watch Technology. Geiser began focusing on wrist-based applications in 1994 when he founded Strokz Digital Sports, a company that developed watches for competitive swimmers and triathletes. Since then, Geiser has focused on connected watches functioning as glanceable displays for simplifying the mobile user experience.
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