The Wearable Technology Era by @jesseoguns

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Not many Millennials wear wristwatches. If you observe clearly, you’ll see many of their wrists are naked. In my early morning commute to work, I observed that many young professionals still wear wristwatches.

When I ask them why they wear wristwatch, some of them say they have been used to wearing wristwatches. Other see wristwatches as an accessory that completes their dressing, while some do not bother wearing one.

In the last few weeks/months, there have been reports of big companies–Samsung, Apple and Sony–working on smart watches. This could mark the return of the wristwatches—especially with those who do not see a need for them. Watches are about to be cool again.

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The SmartWatch is going to be part of some device that makes up a new category of technology often referred to as Wearable Technology.

Wearable Gadgets

I use an OMRON Pedometer around my belt. It was given to me from the office. My day job compels me to sit down at my workstation most of the day. I get to exercise on weekends and sometimes during the week—early mornings. But this piece of gadget is used to measure the amount of steps I take in a day, distance covered, steps per minute and the amount of calories burnt. It uses battery.

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Unlike the OMRON pedometer I use, there’s fitbit one—a Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker— that has the ability to connect to your Computer and Smartphone. You can sync your activity to the cloud and monitor your progress. I found it for £80 in a London Store.

fitbit

Besides the fitbit one, we also have Google Glass—which has been the rave for sometime now, but only with geeks and a few people who have been granted front row seat to experience the device at $1,500 USD (about N245,000). This is a sign that it hasn’t gone mainstream yet. May be when it is due for prime time, it is going to sell for $300 USD (about N50,000) or less.

There are many other wearable gadgets. One that has been in the market for long is the Nike Fuel band, Nike Wrist Watch from Nike.

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Are you going to buy a SmartWatch?

A few people I’ve spoken with have told me they’re not interested in wearing a smart watch on their wrist. A watch is going to duplicate the function that’s already being carried out by their phones.

I am wondering if those who see watches as an accessory to accompany their dressing are going to jump on the wagon of the SmartWatches too.

Like Steve Jobs was quoted saying, “people don’t know what they want until you give it to them.” I don’t wear a wristwatch around my wrist too—not until recently. I wear one just as an accessory now. I found out that I have grown used to it too. Anytime I leave it back at home, I feel like a part of me is missing.

The truth be told, it is more convenient to tell the time by looking at my wrist these days than brining out my phone from my pocket each time to tell the time or date.

The smart watch may not be ready for prime time, but, like every other new piece of technology, there are early adopters that are going to embrace it and make it popular.

FitFam and the Geeks will make wearable technology go mainstream. I am already in the market for a fitbit one myself. A friend told me he is waiting for the Pebble wristwatch to be available to her in Nigeria.

Tracking fitness and health activities is a sort of motivation for people these days at it a profitable industry now. That is why fitbit just got a new funding of $43million USD. The health and fitness tracking industry is receiving a boost.

I won’t be too surprised when the smartwatches start doing things that the Nike Fuel Band, Nike Watch and fitbit one can do.

I am eagerly waiting for the unveiling of the smartwatches. Will you get one too?

Jesse

Jesse

In pursuit of useless knowledge, spotting patterns & connecting the dots at the intersection. | Gadget Freak

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