Rethinking Wearable Technology: 5 Reasons You Won’t Buy An iWatch Or iGlasses From Apple

What’s the latest? It’s been a few years since Apple revolutionized an industry. Remember the iPad? That very large iPod touch demolished what was left of Microsoft’s Windows tablet industry and became the de facto standard for mobile tablet devices.

What’s next?

If you pay attention to the crystal ball prognosticators, and Apple CEO Tim Cook, the future of mobile technology is in wearable devices, specifically iWatch and iGlasses.

I don’t think so, Tim.

Let me start with Google’s Glasses, those obnoxiously disturbing, holier-than-thou glasses which sport a high tech screen that can take pictures when you wink, and let you view p-o-r-n while people think you’re paying attention (you are, but just not to them).

Any kind of wearable device needs to be discrete and Glasses are not. I’m thinking of Seven of Nine but without Jeri Ryan to ease the pain.

Allow me to go on record as saying that we humans may be nearing the fatigue line when it comes to high tech gadgets. Think about it. Not only would we have an iPhone in the pocket, a MacBook in the briefcase, an iPad in the backpack, but we’d also have an iWatch on the wrist, and iGlasses on the face?

I don’t think we need to be that connected to the world that’s not around us.

That brings me to iWatch. About all iWatch can do is whatever an iPhone tells it to do. What iWatch can do more than the typical wristwatch is pop up a few badges of information, similar to the lock screen tiles on Windows Phone’s unique interface.

Are we willing to pay hundreds of dollars for the privilege of having the Notification Center visible at all times on our person? It makes sense to me that Google, Microsoft, Apple, and Samsung are headed down the wearable device highway, but such devices merely add to the mental and visual clutter that already borders on information fatigue.

Think different, Apple.

Why wouldn’t an avowed Apple fan girl go for iWatch or iGlasses?

  • Fatigue – What I need to know every instant just isn’t that important
  • Economics – I’m paying for a Mac, an iPad, an iPod, and an iPhone already
  • Trends – With contact lenses and smartphones, glasses and watches are passé
  • Social – Already the smartphone interrupts our personal, face-to-face communication
  • Geeky – Too many devices require too much time to setup and maintain

We’ll see.

Comments

  1. You could have a valid reason for getting rid of the iPod as well. An iPhone can do everything an iPod can do. Very small iPod’s may have some usefulness on workout days.

  2. I was kinda sorta excited to read news about an ‘iWatch’ but now I’m not so sure. Already I have to manage my Mac, my iPhone, my iPad, and a couple of iPods.

    Enough already.

  3. Wearable technology? Glasses? Watches? Jewelry?

    Oh, I really hope not. It’s not that I don’t like Apple’s products, but enough is enough, right? Mac. iPod. iPhone. iPad.

    I wear clothes for comfort and style, so why should my clothing be a technology statement, too?

  4. About the only interesting thing in the mythical iWatch, IMHO, is NFC.

    With my phone securely tucked away, it’s sort of a nuisance to use NFC. But put the NFC sensor on my wrist and I can happily purchase my train tickets just by presenting my wrist. It’ll communicate it to my iPhone which will then handle the transaction.

    About the only issue is that most of the automatic readers assume a right hand is involved (when going through things like turnstiles) and watches are customarily worn on the left hand.

  5. I agree that Google Glasses are obnoxious and so far I do not have any need for it. Future will tell…
    In regard to Apple future products (if any…) such as mythical iWatch (as far as I can tell it is so far the product of imagination of bloggers and/or journalists/analysts) never mentioned in any official release or product announcement by Apple – how can I tell whether I will like it or not, whether it will (or not) fulfill any useful function at all? I seem to recall that there were many voices stating that iPad will not fly, iPhone will be a expensive mistake for Apple and more such nonsense, right before these products were released. Crystal ball prognostication at its best!

    • There is a difference in analysis, though. It’s not an issue of ‘success’ or ‘failure.’ Technology media pundits have been predicting ‘doom’ for Apple products for years. It seems to me that Kate and others are saying, ‘Enough already.’

      As cool as the Mac is, and as hip as the iPhone and iPad are, yet another product to tell us the weather at a glance, or how many Facebook posts await, or how many email messages are in the inbox isn’t being welcomed by Apple’s legion of fans.