One of the best parts of the wearable pieces of technology that we have access to today are the apps available to them. Whether that's through the built-in apps, or the apps that get "partnered" with the device. And not just any app, either. I'm talking about the fitness apps. You don't even necessarily need to use them. I just like the fact that these devices are seen, at least in some light, as a way to help us stay healthy.
It's the thought that counts.
When we talk about wearable technology, we get hung up on the idea that we need to be wearing these things all the time. Or close to it. Whether it's Google Glass or a Pebble smartwatch, we're marketed to the idea that wearing these things should just become standard. That wearing them all day is just what we'll do one day, if those with these devices aren't doing so already.
Sure, there are some obvious moments where we shouldn't wear things like Google Glass, like when we're sleeping. But, that's obvious. When we're awake, these extra pieces of technology are meant to be attached to us, helping us or just generally being a great companion device.
Early last year I asked all of you whether or not you think technology is making us lazy. I gave some pretty direct scenarios: ordering things online, including groceries, or just generally skipping the store altogether in favor of getting the stuff delivered to you directly. Technology has indeed made life easier in some ways, and even easier in others. But while that's all well and good, I think we need more gadgets that actually aim to get us up, healthy, and sticking around a bit longer to play with those gadgets.
Don't get me wrong, I know there are a lot of gadgets, many of them wearable pieces of tech, out there. I know that you can look in many stores and find bracelets that will help you stay on track to living a healthier life. But in many of those cases they include ways to track your sleep, so the idea is to --you guessed it-- wear it all day.
There's nothing admittedly wrong with wearing these things all day long, and I'm not saying that's the case. But I do like hearing about technology that's built around one-use cases, on the days that we need them. Just put it on, use it, and then go about your business.
Thanks to The Wall Street Journal, that device may indeed exist. And it could come from Samsung. A recent patent has shown Samsung is working on "sports glasses," or could be working on them. Or was working on them at some point. If they do still exist, though, we could see a pair of glasses that are meant to connect to your phone to give you notifications, take calls, and let you listen to music through integrated headphones.
They kind of sound like the old-school Oakleys that launched several years ago, but with the added benefits of notifications and being able to take calls, they sound like they could be quite beneficial to anyone who put them on while they were working out. Being on a run, for instance, and just having everything right in front of your eyes, or already in your ears without any extra cables. That sounds pretty nice.
Add some apps, which Samsung has done as recently as their S Health app, and you get the total package. This device is more of what I'd like to see from companies: a focus on health, and a piece of technology that's not explicitly meant to be used, or worn, all day long.
What do you think of "sports glasses?" Would you wear some smart glasses, similar in look to Glass, if they could streamline your work out? Or do you already get everything you need from what you use now? Let me know what you think.