I’ve seen the future. It’s on my wrist.
- May 11, 2015
Imagine my delight. As an unabashed (and occasionally and deservedly derided) early adopter, I ordered the Apple Watch on April 10 – the day it became available for online purchase. With an immediately-generated e-mail, Apple promised it would ship in June. Yet, a mere two weeks later, April 24th, the official release date, it arrived at my office, ready for unboxing and use. This was an extreme case of under-promise and over-delivery.
In the couple of weeks I’ve worn the Watch, its greatest benefit is that I’m now noticeably less tethered to my iPhone than before. Texts, calls, alerts, and important e-mails now notify me with a haptic tap on the wrist. Do I still pore over my iPhone to ensure I’ve not missed something? Sure. But a good bit less than before. And, no more need for a FitBit or a Jawbone Up; the Watch handles all that too.
But also in these couple of weeks, the importance and future of wearable technology has become clear to me too. I predict that the day when you can’t do without wrist-wearable technology is quickly approaching. Consider:
- Without wrist-wearable technology monitoring your health and vitals – and alerting you and your doctor to them – you may need to pay more for health insurance because now you’re higher-risk.
- More importantly, without wrist technology “listening” to your body, important warning signs of medical problems may go undetected. With wearable technology, you may live longer!
- Without wearable technology, you may miss notifications from an elderly parent whose own wrist technology monitors their health and alerts others to important health events.
- Without it, you’ll also be unable to communicate with household appliances and security devices linked to your router/network and operating from voice commands.
- And without a wearable, you may end up as a luddite relying on physical credit cards, keys, and boarding passes, all of which can reside on your wrist.
While this seems like early-adopter territory at the moment, it wasn’t all that long ago that the idea of sending mail from your phone seemed unnecessary. Watch the Watch. The mash-up of big data and artificial intelligence – all on a wearable device – will undoubtedly influence everyday human existence.