Wearable tech, as we call it, is still in the beginning stages of being adopted as the official "technology of the future". What started out as Bluetooth headsets have now evolved into smart watches, smart glasses, and even the idea of "smart wigs" has been patented before. (But seriously - wigs?) They're all very attractive evolutions of technology as we continue to search for ways to make our day-to-day lives easier in conjunction with our smartphones. Although I would love to hop on board with this technology, I can never seem to bring myself to actually purchase any of these new wearable gadgets.
I've considered purchasing a smartwatch for a long time. It seems like the most practical of the bunch by being able to check notifications while my phone isn't by my side and still having the everyday practical use of a wristwatch. But every time I go to the store and I consider the purchase I end up walking out empty-handed. I always manage to talk myself out of purchasing a smartwatch. For the life of me I couldn't figure out why I keep bothering convincing myself that I need one. In the end, I think I realized that I really don't.
I already have issues separating myself from my phone as it is. I've just gotten to the point where I no longer subconsciously take my phone out of my pocket when I'm in the middle of an in person conversation with somebody else. I have finally taken Facebook off of my phone so that the only time I can check is when I'm at my computer instead of getting a continuous feed of mundane updates sent to my phone. I don't need it, it's just something I had grown accustomed to over the years. Somewhere along that road of growing addiction to my smartphone, though, I realized that something had to give. I mean, it actually got to a point where I was paying attention to my phone rather than my son on occasion, and as a parent you have to admit to making mistakes. That was a mistake I was making. My son should never feel that he comes second to my phone, especially over really unimportant things. There was a time and a place where I could be as absorbed into my smartphones atmosphere as I wanted to be, but now is not that time. A smartwatch would, I fear, bring me back into that constant "Need To Know" phase. I don't want that.
As for smart glasses, they've never really been an interest to me either. I don't have the need to record anything from a first person perspective - my life isn't that exciting. Even aside from that, though, smart glasses sort of remind me of smart watches on steroids. Basically, your smart glasses can do everything smart watches do except for it's always right there in front of your face. There is no ignoring it at that point. Again, I'm worried that I won't be able to get away from the constant message, phone call and e-mail feeds that my phone gets. I'm also fairly certain I would be tempted to Google search anything and everything that comes to mind.
In a way, I kind of wonder what this means for me. I still love smartphones and everything about them; I love looking at their designs, their specs and their features. I still go out of my way to tinker with all of the phones to get an idea of how they actually work. I'm still a serial phone switcher, and I still deal with smartphones as often as I can when I get the free time to do so. In my mind, a smartphone is well enough on its own to get the job done. When I repeat that in my head, it sounds all too familiar... oh, right. My parents when they tried to convince me they should stick with their flip phones. Oh. Great. I'm becoming an old fuddy duddy who hates modern day technology. That's just great.
I mean honestly, it's pretty easy to get away with right now, and I'm not saying I'll never be interested in smartwatches or smart glasses or any new wearable tech. I'm also not saying that there aren't people out there who could actually benefit greatly from smartwatches or smart glasses. What I am saying is that right now it doesn't seem like a necessity, and there's nothing that I can really, truly benefit from using one at this point in time. Perhaps others feel the same way, which might explain the slow adoption rate overall (or perhaps it's just the fact that the right wearable tech hasn't come out yet). But we will see how I feel about them in a year or two; you know how quickly technology changes.
How are you feeling about wearable tech, readers? Do you have (or have plans to purchase) a smartwatch or smart glasses? Has using them made smartphone use easier or better for you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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