Is wearable technology becoming mainstream?
Since the release of items like the Apple Watch, Fitbit and their rivals bringing out items like watches which can be linked to your smart phone are becoming more and more popular.
But will their rise in popularity cause them to become mainstream? Will we see more people wearing these items as times go on, will they overtake smartphones?
But wearable technology does not always link to their old fashioned time pieces. But it can link to other fashion items, theres a bracelet that can charge your phone and Microsoft have just are thinking about releasing their version of the Google Glass – The HoloLens. (http://mashable.com/2016/01/16/hololens-battery-life/)
Ever since the Apple Watch has been released there has been a massive debate about whether they will take off or not, I have to argue that I think they will. But people need to know more about them, as they will be making the normal remarks like they’re too expensive, but the thing is do they know what they do?
I have a personal experience as this my dad received one for Christmas, and he appreciates it so much. The thing is the fact that instead of struggling around in a bag or a pocket it is there instantaneously. The fact is that the watch helps to enhance the basic use of our smartphones. The Apple watch comes with the ordinary phone features, which includes receiving text messages (iMessages) phone-calls, maps, health and fitness. Why would this not be considered a good thing? They are small and portable and are basically the same as your iPhone, so why do people not like them.
I must admit I hadn’t done any research on this item at all before we went out and bought it so when i walked into the Apple shop I was at a complete loss, and when we got talking to the sales assistant, (who was very helpful) explained the run down on these items. There are two types each made out of different metals which explains the difference in price, one is a sports version so it is made from a lighter material and a different type of glass and also happens to be £100 cheaper. Where as the other is made from a heavier material and is made more for everyday use (this was the one we went for). Since he was given it – he has not been able to put it down. By apple making sure that you can have access to the basics apps, so the necessities of the smart phone are there at your fingertips.
I think that by big companies creating these pieces of technology that can be wearable are a good thing for technology, it shows an improvement in the technology world. These devices may may not have the all the technology that they need at the moment for these things to run by themselves, but in time they will do, and i think when this happens then the trend will really kick off.
But if companies didn’t think that they weren’t going to become so successful they would not have made them in the process things are constantly improving and people need to become more aware of what is happening and learn about these products before making blind assumptions.
Wired have written an article about other items of wearable technology which is worth a read it can be found at; http://www.wired.com/2013/12/wearable-computers/