Jul 02, 2013

Smartwatches - gimmick or useful tool?

I sat today that Pebble watches are available at big box stores, and it looks like Apple is planning an iWatch. I can see the utility in something like Google Glass, you have a persistent display that is visible whenever you want it. I’m not so sure about so-called smartwatches. Is it just a tiny little display screen on your wrist, that displays a limited amount of the info on your device display? Maybe it is just me, but I don’t find it all that inconvenient to glance at my smartphone’s display. OMG, have I turned into a crumudgeon already - these darn kids and their crazy smartwatches (shakes fist in air)?!?!

Personally, I see absolutely no use for one of them. Do I really need to be connected that much? Ugh.

Plus I live with two parrots. Do you know what parrots do to watches, jewelry, etc.? They see EVERYTHING as a toy or something to be chewed apart. An "iwatch" would last a day if I was lucky, they would stop at nothing to tear into it. Heh.

These are devices that are in their developmental infancy. Maybe toddlers at best. At this point, their usefulness is limited, at least to me. I can appreciate the convenience of checking messages discretely without yanking my phone out of my jacket, especially during a long and boring meeting. The thing is that the cell phone freed me from wearing a watch, and there is not yet enough functionality for me personally to justify a smartwatch, even though I do think the customizable time display is neat. As time goes on and more innovative use/features are implemented, there is a good chance they will become more desirable to someone like me.

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