There is no denying that the smartwatch is at the center of the revolutionary smart technology. The idea of wearing a “computer-watch” on the wrist and using it to perform a great deal of the functions that smartphones, or even tablets, do is mind-blowing. Although the smartwatch takes the concept of mobile connectivity to all new high levels, however, it is yet to topple the smartphone as the most innovative mobile tech device currently. Critics argue that it is small, have small batteries and, consequently, a short battery life, all of which could be inconveniencing; one way or another. That said, there are a host of key modifications that can be made to escalate the smartwatch’s approval rates above the smartphone. This article explores some of these modifications and how they can potentially impact on people’s lives.
1. Compass Features
Adding a smart compass that gives people directions to restaurants, gas stations, nearby hospitals, etc. will convince many to invest in a smartwatch. This can be spiced up by incorporating the GPS Navigational Voices so that drivers don’t have to keep looking at the compass.
2. The Touchless Technology: Incorporating Gesture Control Features
The smartwatch has the potential of becoming the brick and mortar of smart homes with the addition of gesture control features. These features will enable users to control their smart TVs, lights, alarms, etc. from their wrist. The fact that a smartwatch is strapped on most of the times makes it an ideal command center for the seniors living in smart homes.
3. Enabling Tracking
The chances of losing a kid in crowded areas are high. What, therefore, could be more appealing to parents than a smartwatch that helps them to track the location and monitor the movement of their kids? A parent will only have to purchase a pair of smartwatches, one for him/herself and the other for the kid, and then synch them so that he/she gets notified whenever the kid wanders past a customized radius.
4. Travel Updates
The smartwatch can redefine the concept of time management by providing users with real-time traffic and travel updates. Why keep looking at the watch or peeping through the window when all you need is a smartwatch to alert you when your cab, train, or school bus is coming? Drivers can also use smartwatches to monitor the traffic situation on different routes.
5. Communication Device
It’s hard to beat the smartphone in this front, but it’s worth trying. On top of sending and receiving emails, smartwatches should be made to communicate with each other through a synchronized detection system. A mother can, for example, get notified every time her husband and kid are at proximity.
6. Providing Users With Online Reviews
Online product reviews top the list of what people want today, making it a challenge for the smart technology to provide them easy and fast. Smartwatches should be modified to instantly and automatically display the customer ratings of a business (a restaurant for example) and its products every time a user is close enough to it.
7. Voice Commands
In regards to giving touch commands, smartwatches leave a lot to be desired due to their small screens. With voice commands, however, this shortcoming will be sufficiently addressed. It sounds cool to talk into a smartwatch when you wish to make appointments, write emails, or schedule an event.
8. Locating things In the House
People misplace or lose things in the house like all the time. With a slight modification to the tracking features discussed earlier, the smartwatch should be able to locate phones, keys, laptops, pets, etc. within the house or office.
9. Patient Care and Monitoring
The smart tech has already made it possible for relatives and doctors to monitor and take care of their patients from remote locations. The smartwatch should be modified in such a way that it reminds patients on when to take their meds or to alert a caretaker in case of an emergency. A watch could have the edge over other mobile devices in this case since they are strapped to a patient always.
10. Waterproof Smartwatches For Music Under Water
Millennials would love this. The waterproof smartwatch ought to have music playing features with compatible speakers for music and swimming enthusiasts. With the touchless technology, it is possible to manage the playlist underwater through some customized gestures.
In conclusion, the smartwatch is among the best technologies of today. Without taking anything from it, however, there is need to improve on the areas discussed herein as well as a few other not addressed. Upgrading is the surest way to silence critics, right?