How Smartwatches Make Life More Clutch

Aside from Kobe Bryant in his prime, “clutch” can be defined as the ability to perform under pressure. In other words, it is when something can come through when needed most.

The advancement of technology has required less effort to do tasks like navigating and scheduling appointments. Before the technology age, people used paper maps to help get around and had to write things down to remind themselves of their daily tasks.

Technology has helped life move faster, but it doesn’t mean they don’t come with frustrations of their own. In this article, we will take a look at how the Huawei Smartwatch helps fill these gaps of clutchness in technology.

“Timeless design. Smart within.”

STAYING CONNECTED WITHOUT DETACHING

Our smartphones have been our main device for keeping us connected to the world, but almost every time we pull out our phones, we become a little detached from our surroundings.

It difficult for people to tear themselves away from the notification screen. When someone feels the phone vibrate, they can’t help but wonder what that notification is without even necessarily opening the app. They just want to know what it is.

When someone pulls the phone out just to check notifications, it implies to others that they’re going to follow through with them. Repeating the cycle of pulling the phone out of the pocket and unlocking the screen to check is a cycle of disruption in one’s daily life.

It is already socially acceptable for people to glance at their watches every once in a while, so glancing at the notifications in real time keeps them connected to what is going on with their phone while staying attached to their surrounding environment. Your watch will vibrate upon receiving notifications so none of them are really missed if your phone is charging and not on hand. This way you will know which notifications are worth responding to.

FINDING ANSWERS INSTANTLY

“OK Google. Don’t ever play yourself.”

Android smart watch integration w/ OK Google makes it easier to utilize the watch as a quicker way to access the virtual assistant by setting reminders and alarms with your voice. Since it’s connected to Google, you can ask it all sorts of questions. An interesting feature is that OK Google will load up an image when you search (as seen above).

NAVIGATION WITHOUT LOSING SENSE OF DIRECTION

Since Android Wear plays nice with a lot of apps, the Google Maps integration on the Huawei Watch is clutch because it displays directions on the watch. This means you don’t have to stare at your phone to find out the distance before your next turn. It’s safer to glance at your watch than take the trouble to unlock your phone and open Google Maps.

“Smartwatch-Ception”

Remote shutter is another app on the smartwatch, which lets you take pictures from the watch using your phone’s camera. This can come through clutch and make your phone into a makeshift photo booth without having to go back to the phone to take another photo.

Find my phone is another app that makes life a little easier by letting you call your phone without relying on others to do it for you. This is super useful for people who tend to misplace their phones nearby. However, given the fact that the smartwatch is synced to the phone, it won’t be able to call it if it’s too far away. This means if your phone gets stolen, don’t count on the smartwatch to help you bring it back.

COMMAND WITH THE FLICK OF THE WRIST

Luxury, that’s all I see.

Gesture navigation is a feature that has potential to make life a little easier by letting users navigate through the smartwatch without needing to touch the face. At its best, the feature works fine and let’s you scroll through your smartwatch flawlessly. Other times the smartwatch won’t react and you might look like you’re trying to pull off some krump moves.

“When the gesture controls on the smartwatch aren’t responding”

We don’t want to be the millionth article to say that next-gen smartwatches should have a standalone signal, so here are some other improvements that can be done to make smartwatch UX more clutch.

Better onboarding flow for smartwatch functions because some users might not be sure if they know everything the watch is capable of. Perhaps a feature similar to LG’s “Smart Notice” may be the best route to go.

Improve gesture controls to be more subtle than the arm flailing level of control sensitivity that exists right now.

Some controls disappear too quickly. For example, the music player controls are great in terms of functionality, but they tend to disappear before users can do anything about it. The Maps directions on Android smartwatches are also guilty of this. When you’re glancing over the watch to figure out the next turn, it might not be there when you need it. Granted a quick shake of the wrist will bring the Maps notification back on, some users do not have the patience and might just prefer looking on their phone for navigation.

Advances in technology have made people expect everything instant, so it’s easy to forget about its current limitations. Smartphones can still be fairly dumb sometimes, so their interactions with smart wearable devices is still not perfect. However, the amount of apps and features that exist now are a good starting point for smartwatches and wearables in general. It will be interesting to see where it goes from here.

How Smartwatches Make Life More Clutch was originally posted on Impekable Design Studio’s blog section by Fabianne Rico.

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