Tech sites have been abuzz with a potential launch of an Apple iWatch. I keep reading how such a device may be used, what sensors could be included in the first release, what data may be recorded, and who might have been hired to support its use.
As vague as these reports have been, one thing is clear to me. iWatch is not a watch and it’s not a phone on your wrist, it’s a sensor platform with a display. The only reason it has watch in its name is to fool you into putting it on. iPhone wasn’t a phone, you just needed an excuse to buy one.
To me, more exciting than flexible batteries and the potential use of flexible displays is the experiences we will see developed for this wearable computational power. I’ve always wanted to learn sign language and how to play golf, perhaps this magical device will help guide me to being proficient at both. The sensor data will be abused and I caution how adamant we are at turning information about our bodies over to third parties. I look forward to the ingenious uses of biosensor data as much as I caution freely giving it up to be stored in the iCloud.
What do you think, is wearable computing something you’re looking forward? Do you own such a device and does it meet your expectations?
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