Watching Watches Get Smarter
Hyped for years, wearable technology is finally emerging from its gestational geek stage. But it’s not in the form of multi-pocketed wired jackets or creepy glasses; wearable computing has arrived and will keep on coming in the form of smart watches.
Ranging from wrist computers that act as smart phone companions to sports-oriented models that can take your pulse or track your running performance in real time, the latest generation of souped up watches are easier to use than those of the past and are more useful. Anyone who recalls the Microsoft Spot watch failure from 2004 will appreciate that in order for these devices to succeed they have to deliver some real value. Just displaying the weather forecast isn’t enough.
Fortunately, the newest models offer useful features, ranging from answering the phone to improving your running performance and fitness. While they won’t win any fashion contests, the phones are generally sleeker than earlier models, which looked like they could call in air strikes or survive a National Geographic expedition.