Smart Android Watches Are Changing The Way
Android watches are evolving on a regular basis – sometimes every other month – and we are slowly but surely seeing more of these gadgets enter the mainstream.
No surprise then that how we are changing the way we carry ourselves as we learn the various up and downs that an Android watch brings into our daily lives:
- Personal Gadget Ecosystem – one of the most obvious changes wrought by the growing popularization of Android watches is how we are gaining more control over how we use our gadgets – and how they connect with us.
An Android smart watch is a device designed with connectivity in mind. It has the potential to hook up to a wide range of other gadgets, from the phablet and digital camera in your bag or pocket to light switches and refrigerators that come with smart capabilities. This effectively allows you to conveniently control a wide array of gadgets using your smart watch – all with the flick of a wrist and a decent wireless internet access source.
- Wearable Advertising – most people hate the idea of advertisements popping up on their Android watch, but these ads have the potential to become so much more relevant with the wealth of information available.
With Android wrist watches and other wearables tracking our daily activity, advertising companies can connect us to the ads that we need, when we need them. This makes a wider range of useful advertisements possible, from discount coupons and promo deals for nearby stores to sponsored notifications and informative advertising relevant to our work or hobbies. The key here is getting ads that we will want to explore – not ignored and discarded like so much spam.
- Input Innovations–smartphones, phablets and tablets have pioneered touch-based inputs. Android watches, on the other hand, have the potential to pioneer other inputs such as gestures.
The first few generations of smart watches rely on touch technology, very much like their phone and tablet counterparts. A few additions like a bezel you can twist about or zooming keyboards are nice, but the tracking capabilities of Android wearables make gestures like waves, twists and swipes like in the movie “Minority Report” easier to implement. Imagine being able to open the TV with just a flick of your wrist or have lights turn up with a twist of your wrist! That’s just some of the possibilities with gesture-based inputs.
- Evolving Batteries – power has been a pretty limiting problem with the average Android watch, but it is their growing popularity that is encouraging researchers to find ways around the battery problem.
Swatchhas recently made a bold claim that it’s working on smartwatch batteries that will last six whole months. This is news that requires a healthy dose of skepticism, especially since Swatch has made similarly grand but ultimately disappointing claims in the past. However, other companies like ARM and Asus are working on batteries of their own – and it is only a matter of time until someone eventually pushes out an Android watch battery that goes far and beyond the current one to two day lifespan.
- Legislation for Wearables – with great power comes great responsibility, as the saying goes, and smart watches are no exception.
Android smart wearables always had the potential to change the way we work and play – which is why it should come as no surprise that laws covering the aforementioned wearables start to come into play. For example, Massey University has banned watches during exams because of how they can be used to cheat. And in Sydney, police are looking to fine drivers who use their smartwatches while driving. Given enough time, we will surely see more laws regulating the use of smartwatches – especially in public spaces.
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