The future is wearables, in some way or another. It’s the way that science fiction stories have always told us it’s going to happen, and manufacturers like Apple, Samsung, LG, Motorola and just about everyone else have shown that they want a piece of the pie. Truth be told, smart watches, and other smart wearables, are still missing quite a bit when it comes to the final, perfect accessory, but it’s getting better.
We’re on a constant road that’s going to keep on letting us truck along, watching as new devices launch, and, just like so many other gadgets out there, fade away into the night. There are a lot of different smart watches out there, for example, and there are some that you’ve probably never even heard of. There are some that are designed specifically for one platform, or one device, and others that want to make sure that, no matter which phone you use (mostly), you’ll be able to get notifications on your wrist, or be able to keep up with your fitness goals.
Smart wearables are a great idea, and obviously, when the technology catches up to what we’re all looking for, they’re going to be fantastic devices. Straight out of the greatest science fiction stories, no doubt. We’re just not there yet, despite the fact that we’ve already seen a cavalcade of devices released into the market to buy.
And more are coming.
I’ve already expounded on why I think Microsoft’s HoloLens is pretty great, and I’ll reiterate one major point: Because it’s all about the living room, or otherwise keeping the device on while inside the house. There’s no wearing the hulking headset out in public. But, more than that, HoloLens has a user interface that actually looks like it’d be fun to use. It’s colorful, informative, and doesn’t look like an interface pulled from 1980’s science fiction movies.
Sony’s SmartEyeglass is . . . none of these things. When I first saw Google Glass, I didn’t immediately think they looked awful. Not the best, sure, but not awful. Sony’s augmented reality glasses just aren’t appealing to me in the slightest. But, I thought maybe the software could redeem them. Nope. That user interface looks awful. Even the way the messages are displayed annoyed me.
And they’re going to cost $840! What kind of banana pants madness is this? What’s worse, they’re only “developer edition,” which means that Sony not only thinks people are going to want to get these, to expand their functionality and make them better, but that they’ll be willing to do that by spending $840!
Anyway, what do you think of Sony’s SmartEyeglass wearable? Is it the future? Or, just another gadget that’ll fade out?