Is it time for a watch?

5 years ago in Articles by Wardy Miller | No Comments

Over the past few weeks, I have been seeing more and more references to a “Smart Watch”.  There has been plenty of speculation that Apple and Google were going to have offerings. Now today there is a report that Microsoft may be throwing their hat into the fray. (You can read that story here). Here is my question; do you think you would want a watch? Other than the obvious Dick Tracy similarity, what does it actually buy you?

Think about it, when the iPad was released it was to fill a gap between the iPhone and a laptop. How do you position the watch? So the workflow would go watch – phone-tablet-laptop-desktop? The cell phone has effectively taken the place of the pocket watch.

That being said, I can find some uses for a “smart watch” for example telematics. If you were a jogger, using it to monitor your heart rate and so forth, that might be a good idea. There is another school of thought that the current phones are too big and need to be made wearable.

If you were to buy a Smart watch what features would you want? If you got those features, would you ditch your cell phone?

 

Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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