You may have said the same thing about smartphones back in the day. Things evolve and they become part of our life. There will be no "killer" app that makes it all make sense, it'll be a series of small things that, when added up, make you miss the watch terribly when you don't have it. If not you, then the kids born 10 years ago who will grow up not knowing a world without smartwatches.
We'll all be writing apps for smartwatches soon enough. We may not directly be targeting them, or writing apps with them as the first thing we think of, but we'll need to support them whether it be by providing a web experience that works on them, or push notifications, or an extension of a smartphone or tablet app for the watch to act as a secondary interface.
I don't think smartwatches will truly catch on. They may instead evolve or some phones evolve to fit snuggly on your arm. Bendable oleds has been showcased so its not impossible that it will go there but atm I'd rather just strap my phone to my arm instead of a to me useless watch.
I have no intention of working on Watch based software.
But, that is because the "stupid" ideas are horribly distracting (Texts, Emails, etc)
When we get Killer Apps, I might even buy one:
- BioFeedback Keyed Security Device (Not only my watch, but ME wearing it) + password = access!
- Medical Data Collection (someone else mentioned in one of the threads below)
- Driver Warning -> So truck drivers don't fall asleep at the wheel (electro shock?)
- Medicine Timing, can't clear it until you touch the prescription bottle against the watch!
- Mood Ring Style warning if you are becoming too accepting, or too combative
- Biofeedback meditation state/progress tracking
- A 60 second continuous voice recording loop. So when my daughter says something STUPID and I call her out on it, and she BELIEVES she said something completely differently, I can play it back for her... LOL
The challenge is that everyone is seeing this new ROUND hole, and trying to shove OLD square pegs into it. I have no interest. As it is, my new cell phone hurts my eyes if I look at it for too long. I Certainly don't want to be staring at an even smaller screen.
I'm old school, watches are for telling the time, phones are for talking on, all this convergent technology is great for the odd thing such as say sat-nav in a strange city, but most of it often seems like technology for its own sake and something I personally do without if I can - GL
Hahaha, absolutely. I totally agree with you about our job. Hopefully for me I've completed my modbus libraries which now 'talk' to my OPC DA 2.0 client. Off-course now I have DCOM troubles but thank the industry for their tunnellers!
Smart watches aren't exactly a new idea. In the mid 90's Microsoft partnered with Timex and created a line of programmable watches called Datalink. The technology at the time was crude. This was long before modern touchscreen displays were invented and the screen looked like a cross between a Timex digital watch and one of those cheap portable electronic games in the 80's made for kids that couldn't afford a Game Boy. The worst part about it was that you had to program it with an app that would flash black and white patterns on your monitor. Later on, they released a version that could be programmed over USB, but that was too little too late. At the time there was a cult following. NASA astronauts even used these watches in several missions. Eventually consumers lost interest as the technology lagged far behind smartphones.
In the past few years, the technology has gotten good enough to actually do the things that the original Datalink engineers could only dream of. The processing power and displays have gotten infinitely better. These new watches also wirelessly pair with smartphones which makes them much more useful. There is still much room for improvement. The biggest problem now is the battery life, which I expect to get dramatically better over the next few years with ultra low power processors and improved battery technology. Just wait until Elon gets tired of having to charge up his watch every few days.
I am already tired of having to charge the iPhone EVERY day. I can't even figure out what it is doing sitting there all alone at night on the kitchen countertop, draining its life away unless I plug it in.
Also, is the watch going to be waterproof?
I need a 32 bit unsigned value just to hold the number of coding WTF I see in a day …
It feels like People trying to insert technology even in the fields where it is not at all required. In very simple terms, Watch is meant to show Time,Date, What else? Month,Year? What else? Directions? It does all these things and there, more innovation (should) stop.
It is totally different thing that someone want to embed whole Laptop/Smartphone into a Watch!
Programmer : A machine that converts coffee into code !
From a medical perspective, let's say I was a doctor. If I had a device which I could have people wear every day that would keep track of their blood pressure, pulse, glucose level, etc., and then reported those back to me. All without having a person need to do it themselves it would solve two problems. One is compliance, which goes down the more you require a person to do. Then two it would also make it harder to lie about those numbers.
Now lets put these things on thousands of people. I can now do now study that against other information in their medical records. I can create better care, better health, better lives. Or at least a suggestion for it.