Rumor: Apple working on wearable iPod with Siri control

According to the NYT, Apple is rumored to be testing wearable iPod-like devices that fit around your wrist and are controlled not by touch, but with your voice using Siri.

Apple has also experimented with prototype products that could relay information back to the iPhone. These conceptual products could also display information on other Apple devices, like an iPod, which Apple is already encouraging us to wear on our wrists by selling Nanos with watch faces. [...] One idea being discussed is a curved-glass iPod that would wrap around the wrist; people could communicate with the device using Siri, the company’s artificial intelligence software.

Apple previously experimented with a nearly buttonless, voice controlled iPod shuffle but quickly returned to physical controls for the tiny device. Siri, which unlike the older VoiceControl system, currently requires a network connection to properly parse voice queries. Since no iPod other than the iPod touch currently has Wi-Fi, let alone cellular data, that raises the same interesting questions about the future of Siri and the iPod line both.

We've been asking for an iPod nano watch with Bluetooth connectivity for a while now. Perhaps the iPod will work as a tethered link to your iPhone?

Although it may be some time down the road before we actually start to see something like this materialize in Apple's product lines, it's still good to know they're considering ideas like this.

Source: NYTimes Bits

Concept image credit: Yanko Design

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Andrew Wray is a Salt Lake City, Utah based writer who focuses on news, how-tos, and jailbreak. Andrew also enjoys running, spending time with his daughter, and jamming out on his guitar. He works in a management position for Unisys Technical Services, a subsidiary of Unisys Corporation.

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Rumor: Apple working on wearable iPod with Siri control


If the thing in the picture could measure heart rate and be waterproof... Perfect. They need to make some kind of flexible microphone for Siri, so I could attach it to my skiing mask or my biking helmet.

The silly designs they come up with on a rumour... :) There's no way you could manufacture anything useful which looks like this. It's more likely it will look very much like an iPod nano with a strap, than a silly bracelet with no room for a battery.

Combine this idea/tech with the Jawbone UP and it's a winner....and it prolly wouldn't brick if made by apple

But you can already wear an iPod nano if you buy one of the many straps/clips/armbands/necklaces etc and they all work very well. The device pictured is far bigger than a nano and yet would be far less practical (especially has it has no room for a battery so could not work without an external cabled power source!)

looks cool but unpractical.
this would be taking a step in the direction of skynet and the eyephone(futurama reference)