To Apple Watch or not to Apple Watch – that is the question! Wearable technologies have been disappointing up to now.

OK I realise this is my second post on wearable technologies but I’m starting to rethink my love of these devices. I’m focusing on health devices here, and I have been a huge supporter of them as they make me a much more health-concious person. My constant checking either on the device itself or via an app the number of steps I’ve done; the calories burnt; the accumulated number of kilometres per week is making me compete with myself – and this is impacting positively on my health. But they just don’t work like they should and this is a problem. My Fitbit – stopped charging or more precisely, the little ‘prongs’ in the charging dock bent and hence I couldn’t charge it. This was only 7months into our relationship. Disappointment number 1. Don’t suggest calling or trying to contact Fitbit, did that, got ignored, did it again, was ignored again. Nuff said, the device is now gathering dust on my bookshelf. Shame, as I really liked it. Moved on to a Polar Loop, OK this made sense as I have a Polar watch and heart strap – so everything will sync right? Nope. Turn again, no matter what I do, they don’t. Disappointment number 2. So I’ve given up and treat them all as separate devices. Don’t get me started on the battery charge, I usually only get 3 days before the ‘Battery Low’ message appears, not the 7 days it is supposed to last. My dream of have a fully synchronised health device system is once again in tatters. I gave my partner a Garmin Vivofit for Christmas, thinking he could possibly achieve the level of synchronisity that I can only dream of – our issue here? The dratted thing won’t sync with the software program, it is always 7-10days ‘behind’. Disappointment number 3. I’ve also tried apps on my smartphone, with some success, but then you have to carry your phone with you whilst you exercise, not ideal.

apple-watch-0So in this general fug of disappointment I’m looking at the Apple watch with both excitement and a growing sense that it probably won’t measure up to what I imagine it could do. The idea of replacing all my other devices, and even my smartphone, for one wearable device – SUPER appealing. But I will wait, I will sit back and watch and see. The reviews have been quite mixed, largely the criticism seem to be around the interface and the fact that it is confusing. Maybe its because it is different to other Apple devices and we have been trained to use them one way and now we have to change? Not sure, but as with all new Apple products the reviews are often mixed, yet the market remains strong. They look great, they look really nice and I imagine they are going to be as fashionable as the old Swatch watch when it first came out – you never had just one, you always had multiples and each year there were new ‘must have’ designs. So am I going to stop pursuing wearable technologies, no, as an idea I really like them but I don think they need to slow down on the production of new models and fix some of these issues. Don’t loose users through bad experiences its really hard to get market share back.

Wearable technology


I have a serious addiction to wearable technology. I make all sorts of excuses as to why I need them (the be healthier……..a better version of myself… be more efficient) but if I am honest, I love a new gadget. So each year when the BBC reports on the Consumer Electrics Show (CES) I read it with bated breath. I love to see the new technologies that will be coming our way soon – the curved TV’s… who would have thought? The new Apple watch……too exciting for words. I loved my Fitbit, was very tearful when it stopped working, replaced it with a Polar band, not liking it as much…..but between that device, my sport watch, heart rate band……working out it becoming quite a complicated experience. Anyway, this year there were more health monitor straps released, lots of touch-screen watches, but what is apparent is that they are becoming invisible. No longer will you see them strapped to wrists, they are morphing into stick-able devices that you apply to your chest, wear in your shoe or under your shirt. It will read through your skin surface and collect all of the information it needs. Pretty impressive. The idea is that wearable technology should integrate into the persons life seamlessly and not be attached or separate to it – its seems there is a growing backlash against wearing wearable technology (make sense?). I don’t agree, I think these new devices are incredibly smart and still get excited by the thought of what is to come. part of this show is also dedicated to speculative or innovative technologies – one caught my attention, a smart ring with a computer built inside – this one was demonstrating how it could be used to go on twitter and facebook – its called the Mota ring, keep your eye out as it looks like a lot of fun.