Are Smart Watches The Future Of Wearable Tech?

September 15, 2013

Picture it: you’re strolling down a pink sand beach enjoying the surf, sporting a t-shirt and pocketless shorts that forced you to leave the items that you’d regularly carry with you at home, including your smartphone. Suddenly, the position of the sun tips you off as to the time of day, and you realize that you’ve got to make a phone call now. What are you to do?

If companies like Samsung, Apple, and Google have their way, you’ll need only issue a verbal command to your watch in order to get the job done.

The introduction by Samsung of its long-awaited Galaxy Gear smartwatch hearkens the beginning of a major shift in the way that we see, use, and even wear technology in our daily lives, but it is still early enough in the game that no one, consumers and industry analysts alike, has any idea exactly how those changes will shape up over the next five years. While we’re waiting for that result, however, there will be plenty of opportunities to explore this burgeoning sector, beginning with Samsung’s offering, and soon to be followed by similar devices from other manufacturers as well.

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The Galaxy Gear, set to ship on September 25, isn’t nearly the first so-called smartwatch to hit store shelves, with similar products gracing wrists as early as the year 2000, but it is the first to give us a look at what the next generation of this type of technology will look like.

Sporting a camera, a first for a smartwatch, and boasting the ability to connect with a Galaxy-branded smartphone in order to make and receive calls, messages, and emails, the Galaxy Gear marks a new era in wearable technology, threatening to usurp not only the smartwatch market in general, but also the massive niche for fitness apps and devices that perform tasks such as monitoring heart rate and recording exercise activity.

While much bigger on its cinematic showing than it is on information, this recent teaser trailer for the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear combination from Samsung gives a visual idea as to how the two devices will be able to work together:

For now, the Galaxy Gear is limited by its need to be paired with a Galaxy smartphone in order to enjoy its full functionality, but that day on the beach when you’ll be talking to friends and family discreetly via an earpiece connected wirelessly to your smartwatch is nearer at hand that you may think.

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  1. Brian says:

    Good try Samsung. I don’t think the future of wearable computing is a watch. We need practical applications… Not technology for technology’s sake.

    I think Google glass may have some potential for the right purpose. I’m not ready to give up my watch for something with 24hr battery life and reminds me of the Casio calculator watches of the past. I think a band with various sensors makes more sense… not a time piece.

  2. Interesting article, I believe that also the privacy related issues might be relevant.