— On Comms Design. From London

How wearables are getting some things wrong

I will probably not buy a smartwatch. Most likely because I already hold very struct opinions about productivity and what’s worth optimizing and what is not. I seriously don’t think that having your social updates or even email pop up on your wrist is an improvement of anything. It’s just mindless “if technology can do it, why not” type of progress. Here’s some things I would buy a wearable for:

– tracking my pulse and body temperature and when I exercise analysing sweat   + any medical info they can fit in (and yes I am willing to insert a chip under my skin if needed)

– allowing me to scan foods (not labels) and/or measure weight of food on plate and tell me calories and whether they fit within my diet plan

– reminding me to stand up and do my 15 minute off time (I am currently trying to see if I can work with Pomodoro technique)  and yes, they do need better accelerometers because one I tested recording my motion of turning my car’s wheel as exercise 🙂

– carrying my card and ID information so I can just scan then at terminals (I think the watches might be doing this right now, phones definitely do it)

– recording memos on the go and having them automatically geo located and time stamped so the watch/band can remind me when the time and place occurs

and that’s pretty much it. I can do a bunch of those with my phone already so, and if smartphones do it, they sure do not advertise for it. But what I mean is that we seem to be in this race to improve on things that are not essential. I saw a VR speech and I could not get the people giving it to say what the tech was good for other than letting gamers get “a bit higher” on their drug of choice, “experience”. They seemed to envisage no actual applications for it other than allowing you to be able to shoot someone and make it look real :(. The same with smartphones. I am sure we can use all of this tech for better experiences of life not just of virtual life.