How Many Devices Does One Person Need?
You ever get overwhelmed by all the devices you have including the ones on counter tops in kitchens or bathroom gizmos it’s really amazing the plethora of things that marketers send to us daily that we feel at some point we can’t live without. Will we feel the same in the future when it comes to the smart watch? Quite frankly, I finally stopped wearing a watch, and now along comes a new watch that tethers to the cell phone! Why did I get rid of the wrist watch I had for years? Are you’re ready for some irony? It was replaced by the smart phone.
One Man’s Quest to Understand Why He Needs a Smart Watch.
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Are smartwatches the next big thing? What do they actually do? And are you missing out if you don’t get one? In the penultimate edition of our Digital DIY series, Adrian Weckler explains in plain English what smartwatches do, what they don’t do and which ones you should consider if you think they sound useful.
Do I really need a smartwatch?
This is the single biggest question that people have about smartwatches: why get one? What problem does it solve in our lives? How will it make our day better? It’s one that this sceptical reporter grappled with for over a year.
Last month, though, I had a breakthrough moment that changed my opinion of the devices. I was on a beach throwing a mucky ball for dogs when I felt a text message come in. I guessed it would be from my wife, which meant I really needed to acknowledge it and respond right away. But my phone was in my pocket and my hands were sandy and wet. Rather than reach in there and deposit granules which would take 27 wash cycles to fully expunge, I looked at my watch instead to read the message. My watch then offered to respond by taking a voice note (tapping ‘reply’ on the watch face and speaking into it).
Although I’m not a fan of voice commands, here was a situation when it might be useful: I tapped and said: “Yes, I’ll do that and I’ll be about 30 minutes.” The watch (an Apple Watch) translated the message perfectly and sent the text while my phone stayed in my pocket unsmudged by wet sand. “Hmm,” I thought. “This could actually be sort of useful.” Since then, I’ve started using smartwatches more and more. I’m even starting to feel it missing if I leave the house without one.