Recent speculation is that the new hot technological gadget on the horizon will be worn around the wrist. Commonly referred to as smartwatches, these devices have everyone wondering whether they will revolutionize mobile devices. However, the question that remains is will people actually have a use for them? Obviously there are people who love new technology and will be lining up outside of stores to get their hands on these the minute they go on sale. The issue is whether these will just be a passing fad or an integral part of our lives in the future.
The first question to consider is what these devices will look like. Nobody will want to wear something that is cumbersome and ugly. Therefore, the design will most likely be a sleek and inconspicuous touch screen that will have various different colors and designs. I imagine that companies will want to make a product that is fashionable yet somewhat understated. However the question is whether they will be able to accomplish this while still maximizing functionality.
Another key issue to consider is how well these devices will be integrated into our daily lives. Having text messages appear readily on our wrists sounds like a good idea in theory, but what about the social implications? Constantly looking at your watch can be taken as a sign of boredom and disinterest. I can see this being a little bit awkward in the early stages when only a small population of people own these watches. This issue may well be phased out over time, but is something to consider in the beginning.
Perhaps the major issues to consider about these gadgets are how much they will cost and what sort of apps will be available. It is most likely that these devices will be a compliment to smartphones. Therefore, they must be reasonably priced as consumers will not want to pay a huge amount for both devices. Second, how will apps work with these watches? There is great potential, especially since this device will be an extension of the human body. A great example would be in the fitness realm, where a heart rate monitor could easily track the progress of workouts. This is but one example of the many possibilities that exist with the use of apps.
Personally, I think these devices will be very popular but they need to be able to survive the initial release. The fact is that it will take time to adjust to this change in mobile technology. Once they become more popular I think they will provide interesting new possibilities to our daily routine.