The Age of the Smart Watch
History buffs will recall that personal watches made their first appearance in European high society in the mid 16th to 17th century. These were mechanical pocket watches that used some sort of hair spring to keep time. It got everyone excited including royalty, with the King of England even dedicating a whole laboratory at Whitehall Palace to personally test different kinds from various watch makers. Skip a few centuries to modern day and the strides have been enormous.
Analog to Digital Migration
From those days of fancy pocket watches, manufacturers went to time pieces that could be worn on the wrist. The tech age brought the digital wrist watch that showed time in digits instead of using traditional clock hands. Within a short time, wrist watches could also tell the date and not just the time. Soon after, watches had calculators in them and digital converters for converting measurements from other standard units to metric system units. However, once the cell phone emerged on the scene it was thought that the wrist watch was headed for a quick death.
The Smartwatch is a marvel of technological advancement. With a small and simple-looking device, you can accurately tell the time for your time zone and any other time zone in the world. This is especially handy for a traveler or businessperson with global interests. You can reach your Singapore client during working hours and call your kid in New York just before bedtime as you conduct business in Copenhagen. But the smart watch is not just a smart time keeper, it also has most of the functionalities of a smart phone. You have access to apps, games, voice and video call setups, caller ID facilities, weather updates, financial market news updates, accurate GPS coordinates, maps, and browsing for fast internet connections. Aside from all these, your Smartwatch can pair up with almost any other device wirelessly.
A Smartwatch is a micro computer with functions similar to those of a smart phone. The leading tech companies such as Google, Apple, Sony, SamSung, LG, and Pebble are making strides in creating Smartwatch es with even better features. A stumbling block is the short battery life experienced by most and the necessity of carrying around chargers but already there are smart watches that can go for longer than a week without needing charging.