Watches have made a big comeback after having been made nearly extinct during the first few years of the 21st century. With smartphones no longer being the status symbol they once were, people are choosing to leave their phones in their pockets while relying on the tried-and-trusted watch to tell the time. However, even that is subject to change. A new push that integrates technology with timepieces is again changing everything. Indeed, it may be time to join the smart watch revolution.
The smart watch is not your average chronograph with time, date and a few other features that might be attractive to aviators and divers. It is an advanced electronic timepiece aimed at melding seamlessly with other electronic technologies. A good smart watch can connect with your phone, keep track of your vital signs, and even let you send a text message to your friend using your voice only. It is the stuff of spy films and science fiction all wrapped up in one.
If you are not yet convinced, here are three reasons it might be time to join the smart watch revolution:
1. Connectivity on Your Wrist
Staying connected in 2015 goes well beyond being able to make phone calls or send and receive texts. There are push notifications, e-mail messages, weather alerts, news feeds, and on and on. Keeping up with all of your connections using a smartphone is at the point now that it is almost impossible to not be holding your phone throughout the day. A smart watch solves that problem.
The G Watch from LG is an excellent example. This piece of gadgetry was the first Android-based smart watch on the market; it is still arguably the best. The G Watch and its copycats offer users an extension of their smartphones worn on the wrist. The small screen works the same way – with swipes and predetermined motions – enabling the wearer to do virtually anything on the wrist that he or she would do with the phone. All that connectivity in a device that keeps your hands free to do other things.
2. Affordable Technology
Just as smartphones were astronomically expensive when they first came out, the average consumer could not afford a first generation smart watch. Prices are now coming down. They still have a way to go, but smart watch technology is now affordable for the average consumer. We would bet that a fair number of smartphone owners would opt to purchase a smart watch before they decide to upgrade their phones.
Let's face it, how many more features can phone manufacturers pack into their devices? Not much, which is why so many of them are looking at wearables. The more market penetration wearables enjoy, the cheaper they will become. And make no mistake; wearables still have a lot of room for functionality. Some manufacturers are focusing on using the smart watch for health monitoring purposes; others are looking at ways to increase communication potential. It is a brave and largely unexplored world that will be fascinating to watch unfold.
3. Just Plain Cool
One of the best aspects of technology is that it is just plain cool. Smart watches are no exception. There are some impressive products out there that can easily up your cool factor for a very reasonable investment. Need an example? How about the world's very first projection watch from Ritot?
The projection watch looks like an elegant piece of jewellery to the naked eye. Nevertheless, with the shake of the wrist or the touch of a button, this watch projects the date and time on the top of your hand. After 10 seconds, it disappears and the watch returns to being a great looking piece of jewellery. Users can choose between 12 or 24-hour format; they can also choose the projection colour. Best of all, the projection watch works well whether day or night.
The smart watch is a piece of technology whose time has come. Move over all you overdone smartphones; prepare to be challenged all of you sophisticated chronographs. Technology has arrived, and it has arrived in a very big way.