aNewDomain.net — Wearables, wearables, wearables. Geez. We get it already. Ever since CES 2014, everybody has been talking about wearable technology — from Google Glass to Samsung Gear and everything else in between. What, if anything, is Apple going to do in the wearables market? Inquiring minds want to know. And besides, is wearable tech really that hot? Today the Android Google+ page shared a quick tease of a post for the forthcoming Android Wear smartwatch. At least, that’s what’s in the works initially.
Google’s Android team announced there are discussions with several different hardware manufacturers to conjure up some wearable tech, all integrated with the world of Android. Names such as HTC, LG, and Samsung came up. I have a few questions about Android Wear (and wearable tech in general).
- What else is there besides watches or other wrist-wearable items? Glasses? Okay, that’s two items (or three at the most). I’m not saying that more is needed. I’m just curious to know what the threshold is before things get too weird. Oh wait, isn’t that being said about Glass at the moment?
- If these devices are going to be voice controlled (or at least voice responsive), how reliable can we expect them to be? The video shows the consumers speaking comfortably into the smartwatch on their wrist. There was even a scene with a gentleman riding on a bus and speaking comfortably into the device. How is this successfully possible?
I don’t know about you, but my Google devices, integrated with GoogleNow voice search, is challenged by my enunciation and by ambient sound. Speaking into my device while out in public is really a hit or miss on accuracy due to the noise. Will the Android Wear microphone be sensitive enough to pick up your voice but not too sensitive to pick up ambient sound? Sounds are challenging in my opinion.
It would be nice to see GoogleNow information, such as flight schedules and sports scores, on your wrist. But will you be able to check out your notifications and messages, too? More than likely, it will mirror the functionality of the Pebble watch.
That being said, is this sort of technology really ready to make a big splash in the marketplace? Will it be worthy of making you dig out your hard-earned dollars for a somewhat-quicker way to check your Facebook notifications? Sure, the release of the SDK means a lot for app potential. Personally, I’m not with it just yet. I saw the Motorola 360 watch and love it. Actually, I just loved the way the device looked! I cared less about the functionality as a smartwatch, but it’s a nice looking … watch.
So there’s Pebble, Google and Samsung in the mix. Where’s Apple? We’re still waiting for an announcement from the tech giant. Then again, maybe Apple is more concerned about developing a new television — I kid!
What are your thoughts on the announcement from Google? Are you in for this wearable tech or for what others provide? What do you look for (and hope for) in wearable technology? Leave me a comment below with your thoughts.
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