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Wearables: Is It Really Useful Technology?

Steve Wozniak doesn't believe so

     
10:30 am on Apr 19, 2016 (gmt 0)

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I've seen a number of people wearing watches and using them to scan for texts and e-mails. Most of the watches are fairly large, although they are now much smaller than the earliest devices.

Personally, I just don't get it when I already had my phone in my pocket and I can lift it out and look at it if I need to.

How many messages are so time critical?

How many occasions is hands-free checking of texts and e-mails worthwhile?

Of course, Steve Wozniak was talking not just of watches. We've had Google Glass, which was of interest to early adopters, and may yet have its uses in niche sectors. Woz goes on to mention bluetooth headsets and how that just made people look dorky.
[theregister.co.uk...]

At the moment i'm most concerned about all that technology and authorisation which is in a smartphone. It's too easy to lose it, or for it to be stolen. Not really a wearable as they are not small enough, yet, so, perhaps the half-way house of the smartphone in a watch is the best bet as it's less likely to be lost, but just as likely to be stole.
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Personally, I just don't get it when I already had my phone in my pocket and I can lift it out and look at it if I need to.


exactly this.
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Most of this wearable stuff is a desire to have a Dick Tracy watch. Might not know that (I grew up reading Dick Tracy in the Houston Chronicle), but there is a fascination for many to have it all strapped on a wrist.

Sadly, no matter how advanced the tech, the actuality is less than stellar to the internal desire.

I don't carry (or own) a cell phone. My tablet never leaves the house/office. I do not want to expose my life/business on something that can be taken away from me, either by a crook or law enforcement.

That latter part, I believe, is giving some pause to the next gen of "users" because of the recent notoriety of Snowden, FBI/Apple, district attorneys and tech companies....

But more than anything, these devices have short lives, don't last, and the bang for the buck simply is not there.
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When I look at new technology I consider the benefits it brings.

So much technology produced does not bring cost-effective benefits. Its produced because they can.

Being advertised on the TV is a smartphone-controlled central heating system. I don't know the exact costs (I understand in the region of $250 including installation), but, surely, there's already a thermostat, and a timeswitch which will turn your system off and on as appropriate. How much control is required for the average user! How much energy will I save to pay for the thing?
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Pointless features to make people spend money.
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While the customer base isn't huge the principle is concerning as Nest (bought by Google-Alphabet) a year or so ago shuts down Revolv smart hub effective mid May; Nest bought Revolv a couple years ago.
Nest is permanently disabling the Revolv smart home hub [theverge.com], the Verge, 04-April-2016.

If you buy anything that involves 'as a service' it is definitely caveat emptor.
 

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