While the smartwatches available in the market today are really nice and revolutionary, the sales of the watches are still slowly accumulating. It really is expected that about 1.2 million smartwatches will ship this season, a paltry number when compared to estimated 1.5 billion smart phone users on the planet. What could be the reason behind this? It is likely that the current smartwatches don’t have the critical components or features that may make them a runaway success.
mysmartwatch.se/barnklockor/ of consumer electronics, Loo Wee Teck, commented current smartwatches are simply not that great a person proposition yet.
“Smartwatches make an effort to replicate the smartphone experience on a minuscule wrist-sized screen, which means inferior usability or otherwise seek to check and extend the functionality of smartphone onto a smaller screen”
So what will make an ideal smartwatch?
I have condensed it right down to five components that require to be addressed before we can see this class of wearable electronics take off. These five components are design, functionality and reliability, apps, power consumption and battery life and lastly, durability. Why do I think that these are important? Well let’s look at them one by one.
The design of the smartwatch could be put into three separate parts, namely the watch body, the watch face and lastly the wrist strap.
The first thing that folks look at would likely be the watch body. Is it too bulky, does it look cool and fashionable? The perfect body should be suitable for both casual and formal wear. For example, the Pebble with its nice clean sporty look would blend well sports attire but might look a bit out of place when worn with a suit and tie. The newer contenders just like the AGENT or Vachen however, could possibly be worn with normal casual attire or formal wear.
The watch bodies ought to be at a reasonable size aswell. The size of the dive computers created by Suunto certainly are a pretty decent size without having to be unwieldy. They can be worn like a normal wristwatch and most divers do that.
Most guys do not mind larger watches however, many ladies do. Should there be two watch sizes? Perhaps this would be a good solution, in the end, we’ve had watch sizes for men and women all of this while. However, add an excessive amount of bulk to the watch also it becomes one chunky thing on the wrist that attracts nobody. The difference in watch size could mean that more goodies could be crammed into it. A more substantial batter would be the most welcomed as well as perhaps some sensors as well?
Needless to say the watch body should match the watch face it is displaying. The watch face, just like the body, will be able to match different dressing needs aswell. This is easier as the watch face can be changed with the press of a button. Which means this is something that the watch makers or alternative party developers will need to take note of. While the watch body might have an over-all design that fits most dressing needs, the watch face should match a particular theme. A formal classy watch face for more formal occasions to large sporty display for sporting needs, there must be enough watch faces to appeal to different users and their needs.
Pebble made this possible by releasing an SDK for third party developers to create their very own watch faces. This has lead to an enormous library of watch faces for the Pebble. Vachen took a different approach. They develop their own watch faces but promise over 100 watch faces available upon the launch of the Vachen watch.
Last but not least, the watch strap. Just like the two other areas mentioned, the watch strap should be able fit most dressing situations and there are two possible ways to do that. The first way will be like the design fundamentals of the watch body such that the watch strap would look good whether it is worn with casual or more formal wear. Among this design method would be the watch straps of the Agent watch. It features an accent-stitched watch strap that looks chic enough for normal wear however the stitching adds that extra little bit of class that means it is blend with formal wear as well.
A second option will be for the strap to be easily replaceable. While the Pebble and Agent use standard 22mm watch straps which are easily changed with a small screw driver, this might be a bit too troublesome for some, especially if you change straps often or are in a rush. The Sony SmartWatch and Motorola MotoActv offer an interesting alternative. The watch body contains a spring-loaded clip that is used to clip onto the watch strap, allowing for really quick changes. The only downside of this method is that the clip adds quite a bit of thickness to the body.