A couple of years ago there was a boom in the gadget market. Rival leading companies (Apple, Huawei and Samsung) introduced a new development – a smart watch. At first the gadget was warmly received by customers, but then its sales began to plummet. Why no one needs smart watches today, and whether they will be able to break into the market again in the future, let’s analyze.
Minimum battery life
Smart watches have one common misfortune. Due to the small size of the device, it is impossible to put a sufficiently energy-consuming battery in it. The charge lasts for a maximum of 4 days, and with active use – only for 24 hours.
As a result, we get another headache before leaving the house: “and is the watch charged?”. The initial motto of the gadget manufacturers was aimed at simplifying the work with the smartphone and unloading the hands. This may be a good thing, but in reality there is an additional problem. You can carry a charger or external battery, but then what’s the point of buying a watch at all if your smartphone can do the same?
Great emphasis on features for sports
Not everyone who wears a smart watch is an athlete. And not all athletes wear a smart watch. That’s all there is to know regarding this side of the issue. Yes, the watch was originally geared more toward those who are professional and regularly involved in athletic disciplines.
The gadget measures heart rate and heart rate, tracks the distance traveled and counts calories burned. But why would people who are far from sports need all this, except for a couple of times to indulge. Without “sports” options, it’s just an unnecessary distraction.
Would you pay three hundred dollars for the daily ability to know the time and view notifications? We wouldn’t. The unreasonably high price of an essentially upgraded fitness bracelet significantly reduces sales.
Dependence on a smartphone
The watch is positioned as a standalone device, but it is not. In fact, they are only an addition to the smartphone. After all, it is 90% dependent on it: they synchronize with it to work properly, through the same it installed applications, come notifications and make calls. The meaning of the watch as an independent device disappears before your eyes. After all, 90% of the functions disappear if you disconnect them from the phone. And it is stupid and expensive to wear it as a simple accessory.
Inaccurate heart rate measurement
Numerous experiments of Apple Watch users have shown that the watch equally “willingly” takes the pulse at the leg of the kitchen table, and at a fresh chop. The situation is both funny and sad at the same time.
Moreover. If you wear several gadgets in your workout, they will give you different readings – not critically different, but different. In this case, the question arises – why do we need such an “assistant”, if there is no benefit from it? No smart watch can replace a doctor and full-fledged laboratory tests.
“Smart” alarm clock
The cost of some models of smart watches soars by $70 just for the fact that they have a special alarm clock built into them. The essence of it is to wake you up when the light phase of sleep arrives, and getting up is easier and faster. The device monitors your body’s activity during sleep using an accelerometer. Based on this, it selects the best time to give the alarm. For example, the alarm clock is set for 8 a.m., but you fidget and toss and turn at 7:30 in your sleep. The clock reads this and starts to chime happily.
It sounded nice, but what did it do? Users complained that the clock was randomly triggered several hours before or after the appointed time. Waking up easier was not possible from the word “at all”.
Notifications – unnecessary headache
Knowing your card account status or a quick glance at a couple or three alerts is convenient. But when your work involves heavy messenger communication, the constant vibrations and beeps on your hand will bring to a nervous tic even a person with titanic patience.
It is possible to turn off these beeps, but immediately overcome by paranoia – what if I miss something important. And the function of the smart watch itself is lost. The watch is designed to free your hands from your smartphone. But in fact, I want to constantly get into it and reply to all those who have written. This is not the kind of freedom you get.
Exit one: turn off notifications on the watch. Way out two: do not buy it at all.
Duplication of functions and ergonomics
Feeling even more dependent on gadgets is what smart watches do. Although manufacturers produced them for the opposite purpose. They duplicate most of the functions of the phone, but act as a kind of letter carrier who brings a parcel, but does not give it back. To “pick up the package”, you have to reach into your pocket for your smartphone.
The watch, alas, does not allow you to reply to messages. Some models are equipped with a dictation function, but it came out “snaggy” and focused on English speech. In the case of an error (and there will be one, believe me) begins a tedious process of edits.
The positives, or why it’s not time yet
For all its flaws, smart watches are not that bad. For example, they make it easier to pay for purchases via contactless payment system. And still keep a person up to date on current messenger situations. But that is where the list ends. A watch is a gadget that has no practical application. That’s why they are a lost cause.
But scientists are working hard to revive the device. And here are what ideas for smartwatches are in development:
- Voice control of appliances in the home and the car. More and more things in the home can be equipped with voice control, from the TV to the toilet hood. It’s like a Ray Bradbury novel coming to life when the walls start talking. Nevertheless, such a future is not far off, and the watch could be the key to controlling your own smart home system. It can be used to tell the kettle to boil water, the TV to show the latest news, and the car to warm up the engine.
- Blood pressure measurement. For many people, such a function will be key in taking care of their health. The share of customers among the elderly population will increase significantly.
- Measuring blood sugar levels. This would make it easier, and maybe even save the lives of diabetics.
- Working out the accuracy of ECG and pulse measurement.
In today’s reality, a smartwatch remains an expensive and useless accessory that loses out on all counts to classic mechanics.