1. Bla1ze's Avatar
    BlackBerry should revisit wearables using an old idea-blackberry_peer.jpg

    Anyone remember the BlackBerry Peer concept?

    The BlackBerry Peer is a phone intended for children. More like a lifestyle accessory, considering these young consumers are initiated to the gadget world from the word go. It features a smart camera and myPeer app that comes in handy when traveling and taking photos. It even doubles up as a GPS locator, allowing parents to keep a tab on their kids in crowded tourist spots. The Peer records videos, takes pictures and allows image editing in realtime using add-on effects. Basically, a communication device with loads of cool stuff that can be monitored by parents!
    They should actually take on this concept idea and change it a bit to make a wearable. Worst case it flops. Who cares? A lot of wearables are still flopping these days but the point is they're trying to make it work. The only real successful wearable IMO, oddly enough, stems from what started as a BlackBerry accessory. Pebble. It's hip to offer a wearable... all the cool kids are doing it... or something like that. Sure, they should be concentrating on phones..........but remember....... neglecting the market put them in bad spots before.

    http://www.yankodesign.com/2012/08/30/blackberry-peer/
    Ruslan Botsyurko likes this.
    07-08-14 11:27 AM
  2. BoldPreza's Avatar
    Maybe instead of developing it themselves they should tie in a joint venture with a firm already in that segment and do cross brand marketing. Like say I don't know Pebble?

    They have seen potential in this with amazon I say take it another step further.

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    07-08-14 11:49 AM
  3. anon1727506's Avatar
    You are assuming the parents haven't bought their kids a full smartphone to begin with. Was out to dinner and even a five year old was using what looked to be a new iPhone. Whole family of five at diner and each was in their own world

    I assume for full GPS tracking these devices had some form of Cell Radio and required a "Plan" of some sort.... something like Amazon does with their Kindles that include internet. Today most kids (even young ones) would want a larger screen and the ability to load games. You would end up with a smartphone with a very limit data plan included. At best maybe a $300 device included 2 years of a 25 MB of data via BlackBerry or get your own full plan for maybe $100 less. But then would it have the apps your kids want......
    07-08-14 11:52 AM
  4. mphillips828's Avatar
    This really would be a good idea and that concept REALLY reminds me of the Fitbit One styling. BlackBerry should definitely get into the wearables market and like you said Bla1ze, if they fail then so be it...at least they tried! Partnering would be the best case scenario and I would say to partner with Fitbit would be the best solution for BlackBerry. Fitbit focuses a lot on active healthy living through motivation. You see their videos promoting their products and it always seems to be business professionals choosing the stairs instead of the elevator, or walking instead of taking the subway. Well BlackBerry is for the business professional, and why can't the best business and communications device also be the best motivator to live a healthy lifestyle. BlackBerry Pro-sumers are dedicated and hardworking in the office or job site, but also in their personal life to staying fit and healthy.

    Fitbit and BlackBerry would be a great partnership...BlackBerry could provide the QNX core and technology to produce a smart watch, and if they don't want to do a watch then they can work together to integrate BlackBerry technology into Fitbit product similar to the Force with a nice OLED display to show messages and phone calls!

    COME ON BLACKBERRY! PARTNER WITH FITBIT!
    07-08-14 09:55 PM
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    Anyone remember the BlackBerry Peer concept?



    They should actually take on this concept idea and change it a bit to make a wearable. Worst case it flops. Who cares? A lot of wearables are still flopping these days but the point is they're trying to make it work. The only real successful wearable IMO, oddly enough, stems from what started as a BlackBerry accessory. Pebble. It's hip to offer a wearable... all the cool kids are doing it... or something like that. Sure, they should be concentrating on phones..........but remember....... neglecting the market put them in bad spots before.

    BlackBerry Peer Concept Phone by Felix Lorsignol » Yanko Design
    This concept is really cool though and the idea and vision is there! They can modify this idea slightly (make it less to do with tracking children) and modernize it to incorporate fitness tracking and phone connectivity (access messages, phone calls, take photos, etc) then it would be an amazing product and something that BlackBerry could definitely use!

    Oh and make sure it works with all devices! Allow iPhone users to use the product with iOS and Android as well! Get it out to the masses, if its better than other products and offers more features and says "BlackBerry" on it, then people may just start changing their consumer perception of BlackBerry!
    07-08-14 10:01 PM

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