Smart watches are the latest news in wearable devices. While Google Glass may be aiming for the eyes, developers around the world are firmly focused on the wrist, with projects from every major brand working to make smart, touchscreen-based, integrated smart watches the next big tech device. With new options like Cookoo, Martian, i’m Watch, Leikr, and Pebble already showing up at events like E3 – and corporations like Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft are working hard to make sure their smart watch innovations will wow the crowds. Thanks to all the innovation, this year we can expect trends such as:
Smart phones have had an inherent problem – there are not many features you can fit on such a small device with such a limited screen. Developers are beginning to solve that problem by integrating the watches with the nearly ubiquitous smartphones that everyone (especially potential buyers) seems to be carrying in a nearby pocket or purse. Using Bluetooth and similar communication technologies, smart watches are beginning to pull information from phones, borrowing on phone capabilities to enhance their own features. This means integration with social media, map apps, email, and many other smartphone features – all without even touching the phone itself.
New Reasons to Workout
With Nike Fuelband, the previously mentioned Leikr, and similar devices, marketers are beginning to aim directly at the fitness crowd. Expect this trend to carry over directly to smart watches, which are readymade workout tools. Abilities to measure heart rate, distance covered, steps taken, and time spent on a particular activity are all up for grabs. This gives people an entirely new, often unexpected reason to buy a smart watch, so branding activities are sure to highlight these abilities. Fitness software can also neatly tie in with smartphone health apps for even more integration.
Fashion Meeting Tech – Again
One widely admitted problem with past experiments in the smart watch sector is appearance. Smart watches of the past were clunky, obvious, or just ugly, warding many potential buyers away. New efforts will spend a lot of time in the design stage to make sure that the watches look great as well as function properly. Slim, sexy wristband or bangle-like options will hit stores, while other companies will work on smart watches that look – but only look – like traditional designer watches instead. This trend may also lead to other types of smart accessories.
Apps for the Home Automation Market
Imagine a smart watch app that let you unlock the door, turn on the lights, and adjust the heat – all before you even stepped up to the porch. Smart watches abilities that tie in with the also-growing market of home automation are sure to be highlighted in 2013. This includes integration with security alarms, environmental controls – and perhaps even refrigerators, TVs, and laundry machines.
While flexible screen technology is still nascent, many developers hope it will reinvent the smart watch market entirely. Flexible screens are more comfortable, slimmer, and still offer basic color options. These features can solve several of the current smart watch problems. Currently flexible components are weighed down by hurdles in the design process, but expect some basic flexible watches to be leaked, at least toward the end of 2013.
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