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Intel has announced the release of a new smartwatch slash bracelet thing-a-ma-jig aimed at "fashion forward women". Mica, which stands for My Intelligent Communication Accessory, was unveiled at an event in New York last night. The "feminine communications accessory" will go on sale in early December and offers access to …

  1. ratfox

    Oh man

    They just had to show as example of message the Four Dreaded Words, which make every husband/boyfriend quake in fear…

    1. Lionel Baden

      Re: Oh man

      Exactly what i thought as well !! not sexist at all

    2. Owain 1

      Re: Oh man

      I thought that, then I saw it was from 'Sis'... and since my wife and her sister spend 'quite' some time on the phone, perhaps it's a simple statement of fact.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    "Have you seen Britany? She's still wearing that bracelet she had on at the premier last month."

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: SLW

      That MICA thing looks chunky; it will date very quickly. How long before these things start surfacing at Salvation Army counters? And the linux crowd goes to town on them? You know... for Shits'n'Giggles. The least they could have done is design the thing to be flushable.

  3. Efros

    MICA.. someone needs to shoot the acronym wallah.

  4. Alistair

    portrait or landscape

    watch messaging systems just plain don't work oriented that way. Stupidity reigns.

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Re: portrait or landscape

      It's not for you to read - it's for everyone else to see that you have one

  5. D@v3


    This isn't the first wrist based device that seems to have the screen (or at least the content there on) facing the wrong way. To me, that looks like you're going to have to be contorting your hand, to be able to read what's on it.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: orientation

      Screen the wrong way round? No, it's optimised for the maps app!

    2. ratfox
      Paris Hilton

      Re: orientation

      It is considered fashionable for women to wear their watch on the inside of the wrist, and to check the time by holding the forearm straight, with the wrist daintily bent. This avoids the unfeminine move of raising the elbow to check the watch on top of the wrist.

      So this is very much the best orientation for an elegant watch for women.

      1. Purple-Stater

        Re: orientation

        "It is considered fashionable for women to wear their watch on the inside of the wrist, and to check the time by holding the forearm straight"

        A LOT of people where their watch on the inside of the wrist. Primarily because you tend to not bang (and scratch) the dial against things while you're working (evolutionarily speaking, also why primary blood vessels are on the inside of the arm, where it's much softer skin; it just doesn't get banged about as much).

  6. Frankee Llonnygog

    Start the countdown

    Remaindered on eBay in, what, 6 months?

  7. HmmmYes

    Clunkier, less stylish and more power hungry than Sinclair's first digital watch.


  8. Paul Crawford Silver badge

    Snake skin?

    Most women I know would want nothing to do with snake skin.

    Alas the bit "Intel is hoping that women are eager to strap a rather flashy, blinged-up gizmo" quickly disappointed me when I read it was the wrist upon which the gizmo would be strapped on.

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Bound to sell well...

    Perfect for when you want to lie back and think of England check Facebook

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I wish the marketing droids would stop putting the word "My" in front of everything.

    It was pretty naff to start off with. It's just plain tacky now.

  11. DNTP

    You know on Star Trek or something where a guy ends up with a little phaser that can only mildly stun, and he has to go up against some giant robot with a plasma cannon or an invincible reptoid type?

    That is me with my robust yet inadequate sense of sarcasm trying to compete with all these stupid watch things.

  12. CrazyLikeAFox

    Charging via microusb?

    Is it just me finding the charging mechanism poor? What about cordless charging methods (Qi or PMA)?

  13. Purple-Stater


    I can't wait to declare myself to be a "Combination of LIVING MAN and BOVINE" the next time I wear a leather belt.

  14. Anonymous Coward
    IT Angle

    It's Just Bling

    It's just jewerly, like those itsy bitsy watches you need a microscope to read the dial

  15. Michael Wojcik Silver badge


    Mica features "cutting-edge design"

    Really? I don't see any.

    Now, my Leatherman pocket tool - that thing has some cutting edges. Why, I cut stuff with it all the time.

  16. cortland

    And snakeskin

    Fangs for the memories.

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