With technology moving so fast beyond what any human could have ever imagined or envisaged, it is becoming very apparent that the next wave of technology craze to hit the human race is the wearable tech amongst many others such as self driving vehicles. Â In attendance at the Phones4U meetup were writers from Metro, Techradar, UKMR to mention a few.
Few years ago when I looked at what is available on the market when it comes to wearable tech, I could only pin point a few gadgets now there so many fitness tracking wrist bands available to buy that it can even become confusing as to which one to buy or what makes them different from each other, and now that Google has entered the race with Google Glass, which is by far the first of its type but with Android OS, it has become the first breakthrough in wearable technology, well when it comes to one to be worn on the face anyway.
Samsung also moved forward with the Galaxy Gear, which again is not the first of its kind, we have seen Sony with their smart watch, Mute watch, I’m Watch with Android which I thought was the first proper Android smart watch but had the biggest flaw of a really bad battery life that makes it useful as been a basic watch which is the fundamental function it should be able to do well. Â The Galaxy Gear offers the user experience others doesn’t offer, the Pebble Watch is also great and doesn’t aim to do more than it is purposed to do which is been an extension (Notification centre) for your smart phone.
They all have their flaws, and some are fundamental flaws such as battery life, compatibility with other smart phones besides the originating manufacturer’s; they all prove to be something that has a lot of potential for the future but the question remains whether they are worth the price tags, or are they actually useful enough to replace the way we already do things like tell the time or read messages on the move.
Andy Blackmore from Metro News argues that they would be useful once they are integrated into the society in a very social way so been able to use them for making payments now that we are drawing towards to cashless society, John McCann from Techradar would argue that they are useless until they can independently function without relying on our smartphones and Nirave from UKMR would argue that the Galaxy Gear is perfect as it eliminates the need to bring out a big Galaxy Note 3 in public places such as the London underground or when in a rush. Phil from Tracy and Matt would argue that why would he replace his perfectly working watch with a smart watch and having to charge it all the time would not make him switch anytime soon.
If you ask me, I love technology and what it can offer humanity, and any company or manufacturer who takes time and money investment in exploring ways to advance technology in ways that makes life easier for humanity then Im all for it, whether they are perfect now or not but they give a peak through the window of the future what it holds; I can imagine watches used in the cashless society, I can see the Glass area been used to predict things, I just hope they don’t bombard the Google Glass with Ads as suggested by Andy Blackmore from Metro.
What do you guys think? Are wearable Tech taking us forward, are they sensible or just waste of money or are they just boosting the likes of Google, Samsung’s ego in the Tech arena? Â Let me know.