While there have been a great deal of news reports and general attention paid to smartwatches and other wearable computers, so far this hasn’t resulted in very many sales. That’s going to change over time, however. The ever-increasing size of smartphones is going to make this inevitable.
There was a time that 3.5-inch screens were the norm, but now the very popular Samsung Galaxy S IV has a 5-inch display, and there are rumors that its successor will be even bigger. These generously-sized screens are great for a range of tasks, like email, web, games, and video, but a big display obviously requires a big phone, and pulling a super-size phone out of your pocket every time to instant message, email, or ‘poke’ may quickly becomes a hassle.
That’s where the smartwatch comes in. These can display the quick incoming messages that are so much a part of our lives, without the need to haul a big device out of a jacket or purse.
And your smartwatch will be able to handle responding to those short messages as well, thanks to voice control. Apple’s Sire or Google’s equivalent can be used to send “Oh no she didn’t!” back without access to even a virtual keyboard. Or a two-way video call could be held between two smartwatch users.
So before you totally reject the idea of wearables, start thinking about the convenience of having a second screen for your phone on your wrist. And don’t let the clunky designs of the current crop of smartwatches color your opinion. History shows us that the first generation of every product is terrible. In a few years, these will be transformed into sleek accessories, thanks to the march of progress.