Wearables, why they will or will not succeed
Well, we’re now in the era of the wearable devices, the year that some analysts says will generate billions of dollars. Or will it?
Some of the problems with the whole concept has become more and more apparent to me the past year. Let me tell you some o my thoghts here.
For me the whole trend with wearables started with the Pebble smartwatch, that I was an early Kickstarter backer and got my watch little more than a year ago. I fell in love with it (Of course silly, I’m an gadgeteer at heart! ;)) And I’m also a big fan of watches, has always been since I got my first one at the age of 7 years.
Then i November last year I also got an Gear watch as part of getting the Samsung Note 3. And again, love at first sight. And this time the usability had increased immensely since the pebble. First of all: A camera att your arm, the endless possibilities to capture and life-log your day. And also to catalog stuff down in my favorite app of all time: Evernote! So for me the Galaxy Gear (one) is a really good Smartwatch, filling almost all my needs and with the Tizen platform it’s battery time has improved immensly, wich is pure joy of course. Before I had to emergency charge it during afternoons.
So…. from my standpoint the usability is number one, and of course design is part of it. But what as with many of the electronic advancements the recent time, we get speed, color and the whole nine yards but what all seem to forget is the battery. If your device/gadget gets drained after lets say 5 hours, what use do you then have of it?
So my point is that manufacturers that will look at battery-time as one of the more important features will be winners in the long run, and maybe the first one that find a way to harvest movement as energy in a wearable device? So, whats the matter with the engineers, designers and developers, are you scared to be to forward in your approach. My advice is: find new technologies, new ways to power the wearables and the rest will open up the world for the one daring enough to REALLY think outside the box.
Now when Apple also has entered the Wearable market some people say they will be a leader in this area too. But I’m not that sure, more and more people are looking for wearables that are not platform-dependent. So if, let’s say Samsung would release a smartwatch that doesn’t need to be connected to a samsung phone, or even and Android phone. I think this device would gain a lot of users on the market, because in the end. We’re all individualists and need to express ourselves with accessories where I see wearables as a great part for the future.
Last but not least is the question of the size of this wearables, or is it really? I mean, look at this oversized watches that’s been so popular a long time now. Size you’re saying? Hmmmm…. let’s face it, as long as we dont have any history to look back into, size isn’t the biggest question. See how the mobiles have developed. From HUGE to miniatures, to LARGE Phablets. So the size doas matter, but not when we look at it in an historical perspective.