Advancement in mobile technology brings about new purpose for wrist watches and glasses. In the past, wrist watches are used solely to tell the time and glasses are used to protect the eyes from the harmful rays of the sun. Currently, Apple is working on a device that the company is calling the iWatch. On the other hand, Silicon Valley is working on a Google Glass.
iWatch, a wearable device that looks like a watch, is synchronized with your smartphone. With this technology, there would be no need to pull out your mobile phone to check for the time. Moreover, it is rumored that you may be able to check your heart rate, email, and social media notifications using this device. It may be released later this year according to Apple.
Google Glass, on the other hand, is a wearable device that has a built-in camera for taking pictures and videos. This device can be activated using the voice of the user.
Many of the smartphone users may eventually turn into these devices because they are wearable. And since the hands are free to move, you will be able to do more tasks efficiently even while using these devices. According to Vinita Jakhanwal who is the Director of Mobile and Emerging Displays of HIS iSuppli, you don’t have to go and get your mobile device just to see if someone called or sent you a message. You just have to check it using your iWatch.
What more if these wearable devices would have their own microphones, earphones, and SIM. People might totally put their smartphones aside. If a user wants a better display, then a cheaper screen may be connected to the wearable device using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
The idea of developing these devices came from an e-paper watch named Pebble. This e-paper watch has been one of the most recognized smart watches in the market. The developer of this device has already raised $10 million since its release. Pebble can be connected to a smartphone via Bluetooth. Its function is to display notifications from the different features of your handset.
However, Jakhanwal questions the capability of Google Glass to penetrate the market since she saw that consumers are somewhat hesitant to wear something on their eyes. One good example is the 3D glasses. As we all know, 3D televisions are still struggling to find its place in every household. She also questions the type of interface that will be used since these devices are not anymore handheld. Other devices have interface operated by blinking of the eyes. She mentioned that it is very crucial for the developers to find a way to utilize user interaction to make the device do its functions.
Billions of people are still using and buying smartphones so it will not be easy for wearable devices to replace them soon. The developers of these devices have a lot of work to do before they can reach their success.