Former Sony president Phil Molyneux joins Will.i.Am’s wearable startup
Phil Molyneux, the person who led Sony into the 4K period as its chief working officer and president, is making a shocking transfer for his subsequent gig: He is now Will.i.am’s proper-hand man for i.am+, the musician’s wearable know-how startup. Molyneux joined the corporate as its president and COO a number of weeks in the past, the place he is principally tasked with making Will.i.am’s dreamy imaginative and prescient of computing come true. The primary instance of that’s the $399 Puls wristband, a cumbersome 3G-outfitted wearable that the corporate believes can substitute your telephone. Except for the star energy behind it, there wasn’t a lot concerning the Puls that appeared compelling when it was introduced final fall. However Molyneux’s participation has us considering that Will.i.am’s loopy wearable concept may even have legs.
“Give it some thought, you will not want to hold round an enormous chunk of glass,” Molyneux advised us in an interview. “A cell phone shouldn’t be actually cellular in its purist sense.” However in fact, with the Puls you will be swapping the glass slab in your pocket for a chunky wristband that is on show all day. Molyneux obtained to know Will.i.am a number of years in the past, and the 2 stored in contact when he moved on from Sony. He was notably intrigued by the musician’s take the mixture of trend and know-how, one thing Molyneux calls “fashionology.” That is one thing we’re listening to extra from different wearable corporations (with out the foolish branding) — it isn’t sufficient simply to have a sensible wearable, it needs to be one thing with type that folks need to put on.
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