While the smartwatches on the market today are really nice and revolutionary, the sales of these watches are still slowly building up. It is expected that about 1.2 million smartwatches will ship this season, a paltry number when compared to estimated 1.5 billion smart phone users on the globe. What could be the reason behind this? It is likely that the current smartwatches do not have the critical components or features which will make sure they are a runaway success.
Euromonitor’s head of gadgets, Loo Wee Teck, commented current smartwatches are just not that great a customer proposition yet.
“Smartwatches make an effort to replicate the smartphone experience on a minuscule wrist-sized screen, which means inferior usability or elsewhere seek to complement and extend the functionality of smartphone onto a smaller screen”
So what will make an ideal smartwatch?
I have condensed it down to five components that need to be addressed before we can see this class of wearable electronics remove. These five components are design, functionality and reliability, apps, power consumption and battery life and finally, durability. Why do I think that these are essential? Well let’s look at them one at a time.
The look of the smartwatch can be put into three separate parts, namely the watch body, the watch face and lastly the wrist strap.
The first thing that folks look at would likely be the watch body. Is it too bulky, does it look cool and fashionable? The ideal body should be ideal for both casual and formal wear. For instance, the Pebble with its nice clean sporty look would blend well sports attire but might look a bit out of place when worn with a suit and tie. The newer contenders like the AGENT or Vachen however, could be worn with normal casual attire or formal wear.
The watch bodies should be at a reasonable size aswell. The size of the dive computers created by Suunto certainly are a pretty decent size without being unwieldy. They can be worn like a normal wrist watch and most divers do that.
Most guys usually do not mind larger watches however, many ladies do. Should there be two watch sizes? Perhaps this might be a good solution, in the end, we have had watch sizes for men and women all this while. However, add an excessive amount of bulk to the watch also it becomes one chunky thing on the wrist that appeals to no-one. The difference in watch size could imply that more goodies can be crammed into it. A more substantial batter will be the most welcomed and perhaps some sensors as well?
Needless to say the watch body should match the watch face it is displaying. mysmartwatch.se/dam/ , like the body, will be able to match different dressing needs aswell. This is easier because the watch face can be changed with the press of a button. Which means this is something that the watch makers or alternative party developers will need to take note of. While the watch body might have a general design that fits most dressing needs, the watch face should match a specific theme. A formal classy watch face for more formal occasions to large sporty display for sporting needs, there should be enough watch faces to interest different users and their needs.
Pebble made this possible by releasing an SDK for third party developers to create their own watch faces. This has lead to a huge library of watch faces for the Pebble. Vachen took another approach. They develop their very own watch faces but promise over 100 watch faces available upon the launch of the Vachen watch.
Finally, the watch strap. Just like the two other parts mentioned, the watch strap should be able fit most dressing situations and there are two possible ways to do that. The first way would be similar to the design fundamentals of the watch body in a way that the watch strap would look good whether it is worn with casual or even more formal wear. Among this design method would be the watch straps of the Agent watch. It features an accent-stitched watch strap that looks chic enough for normal wear but the stitching adds that extra little bit of class that makes it blend with formal wear aswell.
A second option will be for the strap to be easily replaceable. While the Pebble and Agent use standard 22mm watch straps that are easily changed with a small screw driver, this might still be a bit too troublesome for some, particularly if you change straps often or are in a rush. The Sony SmartWatch and Motorola MotoActv offer an interesting alternative. The watch body contains a spring-loaded clip which is used to clip onto the watch strap, allowing for really quick changes. The only downside of this method is that the clip adds a substantial amount of thickness to the body.