Professionally, the rise of Smartwatches means another extension of brand touch points. Where most companies are focusing on responsive design and apps for mobile use, grasping and developing smartwatch UX and UI are going to be the next new thing. In terms of differentiating your brand, Smartwatches can be an interesting area to look at as it’s still in the early minority stage. When done properly and quickly it can hugely contribute to how innovative your brand is perceived.
Shift in phone usage
How about functionality today? Well, basically it’s limited. You can see the time, a great variety of watch face designs and there’s a series of apps available, which is growing rapidly of course. Next, follows the more mature functionalities like Satnav and health-monitoring functions, which are already working nicely. For me the main thing is that it has, in just a short amount of time, made me realise just how annoying it is to have to pick up your phone (or retrieve from your pocket) each and every time. Whilst Smartwatch development has a way to go, this is its main achievement today. I believe it will lead to a massive shift in phone usage and provide new life to wearable glasses or lenses, which – as we all know – failed a few years ago at the first attempt with Google Glass.
Anyway, like I put in the title of this article, this is only a one man’s experiment and opinion. Funnily enough, buying a Smartwatch opened my eyes. I would love to hear your views on this subject, so feel free to share your thoughts and comments too.