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Reliance Mobile in India has a new watch phone, the Telson TWC 1150. Integrated into the watch are a 256-color LCD, 12-button keypad, 6-button control pad and plug-in camera. There's also an infrared earpiece (hurrah! no wires running up the arm) and a finger-ring receiver (interesting idea, but photos and a description of the ring are suspiciously missing from the product info page).

They've managed to pack all of the watch components into about 3.5 ounces, which is in the range of other current camera phones. This may seem light, but there's a big difference between carrying 3.5 ounces in your pocket and wearing this weight on the end of your arm for an extended period of time. Try it for yourself.

The device, which was "ergonomically designed for the young generation", will be sold in India for $529. Hopefully the youth in India have a lot of disposable income and the desire to look like a cartoon detective!

- via Cellular News

The guidelines developed through Carnegie Mellon's Design for Wearability research state that wearable artifacts need to be designed with a humanistic form language. That is, they need to be concave on the inside surface to accommodate for the body's curves, and convex on the outside surface to deflect bumps and to stabilize the form on the body.

As I've mentioned in previous posts, I get concerned about rectangular tech gadgets that are billed as "wearable" simply because they are small, strapped to some part of the body, or hung from the neck. Yet this currently seems to be a popular design/marketing strategy.

So just for fun, and to make a not-so-subtle point, I decided to strap several common rectangular objects to a friend's arm. Hopefully the idea of wearable Elvis playing cards seems as ridiculous to you as it does to me! Tic tac, anyone?

- Thanks to my faithful model Ellen!

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