The company’s global vice-president of personal computing, Sam Burd, says Dell is “looking at technology in that space” alluring to Dell potentially developing a wristwatch device.
“There are challenges in cost, and how to make it a really good experience,” Burd said in an interview with The Guardian. “But the piece that’s interesting is that computers are getting smaller. Having a watch on your wrist – that’s pretty interesting, pretty appealing.”
Burd added that the company has a five-year plan that sees it delving into the world of wearable devices, and developing less of the conventional desktop computer.
“I don’t see any magic new form factor like the iPad – I don’t think anybody saw how that was going to change devices. But the number of [computing] devices per person is exploding,” he said.
Dell’s CEO Michael Dell has plans to make the company private, and hopes to purchase Dell for $24.4 billion. Competing investor Carl Icahn has made an offer of his own, however, to try and keep the company public. A shareholder vote on July 18 will determine the fate of Dell.
Regardless, the company is a little late to the game. Patents have already been released showing Apple’s intentions to create a sleek, transparent wristwatch computer, while Google has already seen sales with its invention, Google Glass. Other Smartphone giants like Samsung, Sony and LG have also announced they’ve got products in development.
As reported by SiteProNews in June, analysts predict PC sales will drop significantly within the next two years, meaning companies like Dell – which saw a 79 percent drop in PC sales this past May – will have to come up with new and innovative ways to appease technology buffs as tablets and Smartphones flood the market.
Part of the problem with slumping sales, says Burd, is the lack of enthusiasm from customers for Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system.
“Businesses are slow to adopt a new operating system,” he said. “But tablets really need Windows 8 to sell well. Still, it is encouraging to see some businesses deploying Windows 8 and tablets. It’s going to take some time, and the jury is still out. IDC’s numbers says that Windows 8 on tablets is still far smaller than the iPad, but there are successes. Maybe in a few years when we get to Windows 8 tablets being a third or 40% of tablet volume we can feel it’s happening. Tablets are definitely an important piece of the computing business.”
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