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APPLE CO-FOUNDER Steve Wozniak has admitted to throwing his Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch on eBay after having used it for only half a day.
Speaking at a conference in the US last week, Wozniak spoke about the future of wearables, and his experience with smartwatches so far.
It's fair to say Woz hasn't had a great time up until now, and the Apple co-founder told Xconomy that the worst wearable he has used is the Galaxy Gear, slamming the Samsung smartwatch as "worthless" and agreeing with The INQUIRER's own Lee Bell, who last week claimed wearable devices cannot be trusted yet.
Woz said, "That was the only technology I bought to experiment with that I threw out after half a day, sold it on eBay because it was so worthless and did so little that was convenient," adding, "You had to hold it up to your ear and stuff."
Despite this bad experience, Wozniak said that he does want a full-time wearable device, but said they need bigger screens before he's going to be interested.
"I want my smartphone here, but I really want the whole thing," Wozniak said. "I don't want just a little Bluetooth connection to the smartphone in my pocket because then it's just an intermediary, an extra thing I buy to get what I already have and have to carry anyway."
Wozniak, perhaps unsurprisingly, thinks Apple could be the firm to make a smartwatch that he actually wants.
"When one company does one thing very strikingly different, and everybody says this company got it right, this is the way of the future. In the past, it's been Apple a number of times - not always. So I'm really hoping that Apple's the big breakthrough," he said.
Woz also revealed his thoughts on Google Glass, which last week launched in the UK priced at £1,000, and it seems that he is a fan.
"It may not be that useful, just like smartwatches may not be useful enough to get the critical mass they need to really go ahead. But everything I've done with Google Glass, I actually kind of liked playing with it," he said. µ
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