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Dell expresses interest in wearable computing

Dell executive indicates company interest in smart watches and clothing amidst slumping sales.

Although Dell is currently in the process of a $24bn buyout, that large sum is a poor indicator of their free-falling sales. Windows 8 was not the big boon they anticipated, and Dell is now looking for other ways to turn a profit.

In speaking with The Guardian, Dell's VP of personal computing, Sam Burd, reflected on the company's slumping sales and future endeavors. Burd admitted that the area of wearable computing is currently being explored by the company, although he does not anticipate a revolutionary new form factor like the iPad. Burd also explained that challenges exist as far cost effectiveness and getting things right, but Dell is definitely looking into this area of the market.

The comments come shortly after Dell profits shrunk 9% over the past 3 months, and placed 3rd behind HP and Lenovo with regards to global PC production. The interview also unveiled that only "hundreds of thousands" of XPS-10 and Latitude 10 devices have been sold so far, largely due to the uncertainty surrounding Windows 8.

As evidenced, Dell's dwindling numbers definitely puts them in  need of a popular new device, be it a smart watch, shirt or even jacket. Of course, Microsoft, Apple, Google and Sony are all eyeing the market as well, and Dell is definitely going to have their work cut out for them.


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Ronald Tiefenthäler/Omar Al-Qudsi, 2013-07- 9 (Update: 2013-07- 9)