The disadvantages and limitations of Wearable Tech
For a long time, wearable tech has been little more than an intriguing concept. We have been augmenting our bodies with various peripherals, using watches to tell time and glasses to protect our eyes. But then, we began thinking of taking it a bit farther.
Decades later, now we have wearable technologies that can turn the virtual world into reality. There are ones that can detect your health conditions and guide you through the measures you need to take to stay healthy. We are becoming increasingly dependent on these. The question, though, is whether or not these are devoid of limitations and cons.
Of course, despite numerous advantages, wearables come with a specific set of cons.
Admittedly, wearable tech can do plenty that standard smartphones and tablets can’t do, but they also have some glaring limitations. For example, you’re not going to want to write an email on a watch, and while your bracelet may light up to let you know when you’ve received a message it’s not going to allow you to see it or respond to it. Most pieces of wearable tech aren’t going to come with keyboards because it has to be small and convenient.
You’re also probably not going to use a watch or a pair of glasses to make a phone call. Whereas iPad and Androids are machines of many facets, most wearable tech is built around one very specific purpose. Although that purpose changes from machine to machine, one constant remains: these devices simply aren’t nearly as versatile as smartphones in most areas.
One of the most obvious complaints one might have about wearable tech is its size. It’s also a complaint which doesn’t apply at all to Google Glass and some other techs. However, the fact remains that you’re generally not going to want to wear a piece of jewelry which is as big as an iPad or even a smartphone.
That means, generally speaking, wearable tech will be smaller than your average phone or tablet. That might make certain tasks harder to accomplish, like browsing the internet for example.
The problem of wearable tech not being as widely accepted is a time sensitive problem.It will slowly ebb as people get used to its presence, but for the near future people who utilize wearable tech are going to be seen as outcasts. This prejudice has already reared its ugly head.
Currently, wearable tech is not widely understood or accepted by the masses, and it won’t be until it becomes more widespread. So for now, if you want to use Google Glass in place of a smartphone don’t be surprised when you get some weird looks.
Regardless of these cons, wearable tech is obviously a hugely exciting concept. Far from being so far-off pipe dream, there are many products being produced right now which could easily be placed under that banner head. Some have even already been released, though in limited numbers for the most part. While wearable tech won’t be replacing smartphones any time soon, and likely won’t be widely used for years to come, the future is bright for this fledgling industry.