Everything in tech is currently following the trend to be “smart.” After the presence of the first smartphones, all kinds of smart devices emerged and nearly all smartphone companies tried to expand their business. Devices such as watches, televisions, furniture, earphones, speakers, glasses that can connect to each other or networks via different wireless protocols boomed in recent years. With its rapid development, some people start to doubt whether they are really smart or not. Do they have an influence on our daily lives and will they change our future lifestyle? Though as of late, the words’ eye has specifically been on the smartwatch.
Watches were designed for people to look at the time conveniently by lifting arms and having a look at their wrist. It first appeared in the mid-1800s when people started to tie straps to pocket watches and put them on wrists. With the development of the watch industry, different types of watches came out with different working principles: Mechanical, automatic, electronic, quartz. Traditional watch companies like Rolex, Longines, Rado, Tissot, IWC arose and their products were often considered as luxuries and symbols for wealth and status. The true concept of smartwatch emerged with the highly developed high-tech intelligent devices.
Modern smartwatches provide a local touchscreen interface for daily use, while an associated smartphone app provides for management and telemetry (such as long-term biomonitoring). That is to say, smartwatches give users more functions besides checking the time. Generally speaking, smartwatches are endowed with one or more features including digital maps, schedules, personal organizers, pedometers, heart rate monitors, compasses, tiny speakers etc. The price of smartwatches is usually slightly higher than traditional ones but lower than luxury watches.
The practical meaning of smartwatches is always a reasonable doubt, some users claim that smartwatches really bring convenience to daily lives while others consider this product as chicken ribs – tasteless, but wasteful to throw away. Nowadays, people tend to connect smartwatches to their smartphones and then they come into play. As the writer owns an Apple Watch Series 3, some basic functions are quite familiar. In the following section, some main features besides time checking as well as advantages and disadvantages will be discussed.
- Call reminder and SMS writing
The most important and convenient function of smartwatches is the vibration feedback of phone call and SMS. For most students and white-collar workers, they have to turn on the mute mode when at school or at work in order not to disturb others. However, with this mode, many significant messages are ignored or not replied in time. With the help of smartwatches, these people can get phone calls and write messages from time to time by only lifting their wrists and having a look at it. This greatly benefits those groups of people to understand the newest updates without taking look at cellphones.
- Heart rate monitors and pedometers
Actually, these two functions are the basic ones for all smartwatches, even standard for some smart bracelets. People can monitor their heart rate and count their daily steps for health surveillance. Users can get some notices about their current physical condition as well as some alerts. According to the writer, these functions can be determined as the second important one because they are the obvious difference between smartwatches and traditional watches. In addition, there are some other apps concerning personal health, take the Apple Watch, for instance, Breathe provides users with chances to relax and focus on the process of respiration, Workout and Activity encourages you to do a little exercise after long working hours. To conclude, heart rate monitor and pedometer are necessary features for those who care about personal fitness and those who are interested in statistics about physical activities and body shapes.
- Practical Information apps
Some useful information will be provided on the display of the smartwatches. Some built-in apps give users information about current weather and temperature, a simple personal management and schedule, calendar, maps, stock, etc. These apps greatly bring convenience to daily lives. Users do not have to look at their cell phones and they are able to get the information they need rapidly. Though people can use their cellphones to do these works and it doesn’t waste a lot of time. They are some good features, but not necessary.
- Other functions
There are also some other functions like quick access to some mobile apps. They are actually of no use at all. Taking out your mobile phones can be much easier.
In conclusion, smartwatches help a lot when it comes to efficiency improvement, but they are not necessary tools in daily lives. Having a smartwatch is good for most people, especially students and white-collar workers, but it is not necessary to have one considering the pretty penny they require you to shell out.