Smartwatches are still in their infancy. Wait a few years as components get smaller and batteries get better. There’s a big distinction between useful and necessary. Smartwatches are or could be useful for most people but they’re not necessary. I could make the same argument about smartphones. Yes we might feel lost without them, but are they really necessary? That said, in a few years they will be as necessary as many other things, such as electricity, that at one time was a new-fangled oddity.
And then there’s the rumour about Apple developing a non-invasive glucose sensor for the Apple Watch. Ask any diabetic if that wouldn’t be useful. Bob
I agree with Bob in that smart watches are necessary and neither are phones. Then again, neither is music, the TV, movies or books so that argument is moot.
However, I also agree that there is an area where smart watches could become ‘necessary’. Apparently a heart attack can be seen with the right equipment up to 24 hours before it happens and this is where a smart watch could change everything. My understanding is that the blood sensors required are already easily achievable and at that point many, many things change off the back of it.
It’s a bit like when we heard about baby mats that could sense if a child had stopped breathing. They were not too expensive and once I had heard about it, I was stuck in the “If only I had spent £65 on a baby mat” mentality.
Would you spend £250 on a device that could sense a heart attack and check your general health? I would for sure even though there will of course be people for whom such technology would represent a threat to their profits.