The iWatch (or Smartwatch in general) of my dreams - by Waffles and Pancakes
The post below is more of an experiment to me, trying to express the wearable of my dreams. You might not like rants, you might find them like complaints from a whiny little girl, and I understand you. I did this post without any bias or typical futurist unreachable wish, just the personal experience of me. I did a TL;DR at the end if you want to, but I encourage you to read it, you'll gonna love it :)
"A DEVICE TO CARRY, USE AND LOVE TILL THE END OF TIME, OR THE BATTERY. WHAT COMES FIRST"
Hey, you. Yes, you. Let me tell you a secret: I always wanted to get used to wear a watch. I tried, several times, but I didn't found myself wearing one for more than a week. There are several reasons why I didn't lasted longer: the duplicate utility with my phone, the weight, the fact that every single one I tried had some horrible, non-interchangeable strands. I find myself checking my phone for the time rather than a dedicated device for the purpose. It’s time to convince myself to give this device a new try, but I want something different. Here it is my take on it, and what I think I’ll use for the end of time, or well, maybe ‘till the end of the battery :)
"A WATCH THAT DOES MY LAUNDRY... PROBABLY NOT".
Let’s face it, every time a post like this is being written out, we tend to fill lines full of digital-utopian perfection. I face reality, I’m not gonna get an smartwatch with a life and a half of battery and does my laundry. I’ll leave out the curved screens and futuristic stuff, concentrating on what will make my life easier and better; the motivation that tech must be following anyway.
"THE KEY TO THE FUTURE LAYS ON THE PAST... THAT MAY APPLY HERE".
Lately, there’s been a huge amount of hype and general movement in the world of smartwatches, but it wasn’t always a world of good-looking Pebbles and Sony’s. There was decades of trial and error, from advanced data terminals that fitted on your wrist to simple time-telling devices that knew how to sum and multiply. If you’re gonna moan about today’s watches being so awkward and ephemeral, battery speaking, at least look at the back and tell me why we don’t see futuristic phones in our wrists instead of our hands and pockets; the concept didn’t applied very well to the scenario.
"I NEVER THOUGHT AS A GOOD IDEA TO PULL OF YOUR PRECIOUS iPHONE OR GALAXY ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, IT'S NOT WORTH THE RISK OF BEING ROBBED"
I think a smartwatch is a companion, a data mirror that can assist you in things that you might not want to do on your device, mundane tasks for moments like skipping a track on public transportation or in places where it’s not a good idea to pull off a $700 slab o’tech out of your pocket. Watches are tiny, way less flashy than today’s 4-to-5" behemoths, it’s perfect!
"JOSH SAID IT, THEY MUST BRING THE CURRENT FORMULA TO THE 21ST CENTURY"
The watch formula has been the same as always, it has it’s pro’s and con’s. I think that the form factor itself is right: it just works. One thing I think it needs to be improved from current smartwatches is the usage, how it interacts with you. Stuff like waking it up needs to be automatic, it must be comfortable and lightweight: the goal is that you don’t feel it there, but you can’t live without it.
"DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU'RE YOUNG OR OLD, DIGITAL OR ANALOG, TRANSPARENT OR BOUND TO STITCHED LEATHER, THE SMARTWATCH DOESN'T CARE; IT ADAPTS"
Then I talked with my friend, Wernhart. He’s a guy that can’t live without his wristwatch, and he has used the 6th gen iPod Nano as a watch. He uses iPhone for everything the watch doesn’t offer, but he misses some of the functionality the iPod had and what it could've had.
At the time he used his iPod as a watch, he missed the fact that the watch... didn’t need a button to turn itself on. The tech is there, a simple light sensor and some magic code can make the watch turn on when it’s uncovered from your clothes, which I think it’s a welcome feature.
"I'VE GOT A PROBLEM. SHALL I SEE THIS SMS ON THE WATCH OR IN THE PHONE... MEH, BETTER KEEP THE PHONE ON THE POCKET AND LOOK IN HERE..."
Other thing he did, mostly because he hadn’t had a phone capable of MP3 playback at the time, it is listening to music. I don’t think it’s something that important on the list of most people, but I do think that, if wanted, it could pull data from your musical playback device and show it there. And the same thing as SMS, Facebook, and all of the other services that smartwatches already have. It’s a matter of data rather that extra, even duplicated functionality. If I have a device already that does phone calls and plays games, why use additional resources on something that’ll be used only as a novelty feature for the first day and be relegated to the dark corner of oblivion.
"HALL OF WATCHES"
Like it was before, watches must be a mirror of the data happening on the phone, a simple and easy way to glance at what’s happening on the big screen, awaiting to be seen. It must be a simple way to change the music track, to see how it will be the weather tomorrow. It must be simple, yet elegant. Keeping the legacy of yesterday into the promising techy future of tomorrow. A watch must incorporate features given by granted on other, newer devices. Features so simple, yet so used, that we don’t notice when we use them.
"APPLE OF ENLIGHTENMENT, SHOW ME THE WATCH OF MY DREAMS"
One company that I think must follow this path is Apple and the alleged iWatch. We know how Apple is with rumors, there’s little crumbs of clues on the ground, but nothing’s certain. They have everything to do this reality: Siri, the new API’s introduced in iOS 7 favouring wearable technology implementation deep on the OS, Bluetooth Low Energy on newer devices; they could mix everything, give it a Real-Time OS with this features, battery life that last at least a day, an elegant yet modern and appealing design and there you have it, the smartwatch for the masses, one that I’ll definitely save month’s worth of my hard-earned money to purchase it as soon as available.
TL;DR. I want an auto-on screen, deep integration within my phone, enough battery, cool yet not flash design, lightweightness, and an accessible price.
Thanks everyone to read my boring rant about watches! I gave this post the biggest amount of love and fairness as possible. I welcome any constructive critic you want to make, I’ll do everything to make the best posts I can, and I need your help to make it. I know my concept is boring, but I know it’s doable at best. It’s free advise, Apple! Although I’d like some acknowledgement :D :justjoking: You guys are awesome indeed :D:D
Also, thanks for Wernhart to pose for the camera with his watch and iPhone 5. I'll have a gallery on Google+ with the photos in the original resolution for your viewing pleasure. They're pretty awesome! Tons of depth of field and light and awesome stuff! Expect the link by tomorrow at most, my Internet is very flaky to say the least .-.
Photos: by Waffles and Pancakes, featuring Wernhart as the guy with the iPhone and the watch
Taken with the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS - all Manual Focus to achieve that sweet depht-of-field.