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.
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