Susan asks resident tech expert TimOnTech: I was thinking along the same lines, Tim, but you expressed it much better than I….I don’t even know what an accelerormeter is. I used to joke if Tiffany made an alert pendant necklace, older women would love wearing it. The Apple watch looks cool.
I was thinking it probably also has a gps built in. (Do you know?) If so, help could be on the way very quickly even if the person couldn’t speak.
Thanks for the information and forward-thinking. possibilities.
Why is the Apple Watch receiving criticism in it’s first week of existence?
Unfortunately the Apple Watch needs some time to grow. Here are a list of why we don’t think its ready for seniors (or most consumers for that matter).
1. It’s not waterproof (no not even the sports edition). It is not even recommended to be worn in the shower. This (to me) translates into “this Apple Watch isn’t even water resistant yet”. This is a deal breaker for most of the sports nuts out there that expect to wear their watch wherever they go (including the pool).
2. It’s tethered to the iPhone. Hopefully it will have it’s own communication ability down the road so you don’t have to take your phone with you all the time. So now you have 2 devices that do largely the same thing. One small… The other one SUPER SMALL. As soon as we can take one or the other (or both) at our discretion, Apple will have a complete game changer. For now it’s just a game changer. (Which isn’t so bad is it?)
3. Battery life of the Apple Watch is being called into question. They say you get a day’s worth of charge, but I suppose that the real numbers will become evident when they start shipping the Apple Watch (next year some time). Again, let’s get to the point where we only need to plug these wearable gadgets in a couple times a week. I know the brilliant engineers out there can do this!
4. The watch face is awfully small. Now my eyes are pretty good, but I don’t like reading on my iPhone 5S let alone a tiny watch… My iPad is about as small as I like to read on… So for the most rudimentary of tasks (like depressing an emergency call button) this might be just fine. Replying to a text with a smiley face? Probably fine too… but doing much more on the watch itself is going to be a struggle for most aging adults.
To read Susan’s original question and comment string click here on our article entitled; “The Next Best Medical Alert System”
Apple Watch like Google Glass nice to have… Not need to have (yet)
So in summary, for now it’s probably a nice to have… Down the road (a couple years down the road) it may turn into a need to have. One nice wearable comparable is the Google Glass product. Even thought it’s not widely available, it’s been met with only mild enthusiasm. It’s a nice wearable comparable because it’s also an extension of one’s cell phone except plastered to ones face.
What’s your take on these exciting new wearable devices? Are they ready for prime-time? Are they following the typical evolutionary path to legendary gadget status? Let us know your thoughts below!