There is a lot of noise lately about wearables, from Google Glass to the Samsung Gear watches to the upcoming Apple Watch. So far though, nothing is what I would consider worth me plunking down hundreds of dollars. With CES 2015 going on right now, wearables, and especially watch-form factors, are looking to be a large part of the new gadgets that are making their way into the market this year.
The show isn’t over yet, but here’s what I’m personally looking for in a smart watch wearable:
- Built-in GPS with Garmin-like functions, so I can use it as a running watch. I have a Garmin 620 now, and love it. A smartwatch that could fill this role would be great. Integration with a heart rate monitor too.
- Stylish but rugged – if it’s going to be something I wear all the time and for running, it needs to be able to take a bit of beating and be…
- Waterproof, and most certainly sweat-proof. I should be able to run in the rain or swim with it also.
- Phone capability – without an accompanying smartphone! Paired with a very small Bluetooth ear bud for communication so I don’t have to look like Dick Tracy talking into my wrist.
- SMS/MMS capabilities – receive/send texts and picture texts.
- Application store/platform – for 3rd parties to integrate with.
- Payment feature – support for paying for things. (Apple Watch will have Apple Pay, so something like this)
- Lightweight – shouldn’t be big or clunky, and weigh no more than your average watch.
- Touchscreen – obviously.
And oh – battery life of at least a day. I don’t mind recharging once a day – I take my watch off at night anyway – but even 8 hour battery life is too short.
That’s all obviously a pretty tall order, and we are headed in that direction I believe, but we do have a ways to go before smart watch wearables are truly and incredibly useful. Until then…we’ll be using multiple devices.
Update: the Garmin Fenix 3 is getting close.