It has hardly been a decade since we have witnessed the phenomenon of smartphones. The introduction of devices such as Apple’s iPhone and several Android-powered phones literally changed the way we perceived cellular phones. Apart from the capability to make calls and send text messages, these smartphones can also perform most features expected from a computer. However, within the decade itself, we are in brink of another technological phenomenon. A few established organizations have launched smart watches, which do a lot more than just telling us the time.
Smart Watches are wearable devices which act as our digital assistants. Initial studies began in the early 1970s but the concept took a concrete shape in 2013 when electronics majors like Sony and Samsung came up their watch phones. Although, the recently launched devices work in combination with a smart phone, there are several other smart watch manufacturers who offer these gadgets as a standalone model.
Connected to the phone by Bluetooth, these gadgets can display updated weather information, set reminders for users, take pictures through a mini-camera and many more. Since most of these phones run on the Android mobile operating system, the smart watch also shares the same core. The embedded Android system makes it compatible with a plethora of apps that already exists in the system. Moreover, several app manufactures have created apps that are specifically optimized for watches.
Smart watches have also been integrated with GPS tracking devices in order to provide a complete range of navigation services. Moreover, these devices have in-built sensors such as heart-rate monitor, thermometer and accelerometers, which help sportspersons and fitness enthusiasts to track their vital statistics after a workout. Sportspersons extensively use this product to record their workouts and analyse the statistics based on the data collected.
Apart from the watch phones, the standalone smart watches are mostly launched by traditional watch companies, and have limited features. However, connectivity to PC, navigation services and two-communication capabilities are some features that make it a worthy investment.
The future of wearable devices is extremely interesting, considering the fact that organizations like Google and Apple are making substantial investments in research and development of such gadgets. With the upcoming launch of Google glass, another wearable device with similar functions, there is a possibility that we would witness advanced technologies, especially in the field of touchscreens, batteries and seamless integration with other devices in the ecosystem.