You have to hand it those clever Mayans. How the heck did they correctly predict the ending of the calendar for every SPOT watch in the world in 2012? It’s true — if you don’t believe me, just check the official Microsoft MSN Direct announcements page. It clearly states that the MSN Direct service will cease on January 1, 2012. How can you dispute the impeccable accuracy of the Mayan calendar now? And not only did the Mayans get the end of the SPOT watch calendar right, they even knew that we’d use the Internet to announce and prepare for the end of days. Amazing! ;)
Matt Miller got suckered into three SPOT watches while I bought one myself back in 2004 or so. I liked the concept a smart watch that used FM radio to grab data, but the value never really met my expectations. The potential was there, but I think it’s wise for Microsoft to simply let MSN Direct die off. There are just too many better solutions than FM radio waves out there for connectivity — 3G, Wi-Fi, WiMAX — not to mention the maturity and acceptance of smartphones. I think I’ll bury my SPOT watch in a personal time capsule in case anyone lives beyond 2012 — call it my little joke for the mobile tech geeks of the future.