What are the most realistic, everyday uses of upcoming Apple iWatch 2 ?
Most times we pull the phone out of our collective pocket it’s in response to an alert or to check a small piece of information. And it’s this kind of interaction that may give the watch a way to get back in to the game.
Stuff a watch could provide if it were linked via Bluetooth to the phone in your pocket…: Of course there’s telling time. There’s also controlling your music. There’s finding out why your phone (or wrist) just buzzed or…whether it buzzed. Want to read the text that just came in? A 320×240 1.7″ screen has exactly half the pixels of the original iPhone. Plenty of room to display meaningful data. Want to see who’s calling before you decide whether it’s worth digging out your phone? Easy.
But let’s go a little deeper…and take a quick tour through some of the basic built-in apps and consider what value a wrist experience would bring:
- Messages – Being able to see new messages as they come in without having to pull out a phone? Simple and useful.
- Calendar – See upcoming appointments, even navigate the month calendar with a bottom swipe-picker to find free time in the future.
- Photos – Browsing albums. Probably no camera. (Dick Tracy will be crushed.)
- Maps – Current location on a pinch-zoomable mini-map. Walking directions. Automatic “where did I leave my car’ feature, based on the last time the phone connected to your car’s bluetooth. Throw in a compass and accelerometer and you have a powerful live scrolling map on your wrist. This is actually pretty killer.
- Weather – At a glance. Weather has always felt like it was designed for the small screen.
- Stocks – See weather. Charts, scrolling portfolio list. Done.
- Reminders – Shopping and to-do lists are particularly useful on the wrist when your hands are busy, and geofencing makes it even better.
- Clock – Well, yeah. With timers, alarms, and stopwatches of course.
- Passbook – This is where it starts to get really interesting. Passbook’s utility is growing now that you can use it in place of tickets at many movie theaters, instead of your wallet at Starbucks and instead of your boarding passes on many airlines. This would be even easier (and yes, cooler) if you just had to flash your wrist at the reader instead of fishing out your phone.
It should feature a variety of sensors like : GPS, heart beats, stress levels, body temperature, outside temperature, humidity, skin moisture levels, accelerometers, it should have touch ID to confirm your identity. It could also muscle sensors to allow you to control interfaces rather like this technology from
A mobile wallet.
NFC allows the iWatch to be a contactless payment system, this is not groundbreaking, but add in the Touch ID as a security level, and the device becomes something that could allow you to pay for items of significant value. Contactless payment is huge in Europe and waiting to explode in the USA. NFC on the iWatch would be the industry trigger needed to get widespread adoption of this payment mechanism.
All payment information would sycn to your iPhone allowing you to keep track of money and expediture like a true digital wallet.
Travel Tickets/ Security Passes/Coupons
Again aided by Touch ID, the iWatch becomes your ticket to sporting events, airplanes, public transport and your office building. It could be a way to receive and redeem mobile coupons for money off. A true connected home could allow your watch to open your house and car doors, set presets in your vehicle and turn on heating and lighting to chosen settings.
Activity/ Health Tracker.
Your iWatch will monitor your sleep levels, your heart rate, your location, your steps, and a vast number of data points that can come together to record your activity and wellness. Your iWatch will beam information to fitbit style dashboards and could be used to inform doctors of your health, or simply have a dashboard to show sleep patterns and wellness.
Such powerful data can feed any number of apps. Knowing what app developers can do with limited information with the iPhone like a compass, knowing your heart rate, sleeping patterns, your location, your diary, look for apps to become richer than ever. You may have apps to send you to sleep, to play music that reflects your mood, to send you special offers to your iWatch to redeem coupons at certain locations. It could turn off your iPhones wifi when you are moving around. The list of whats is possible is endless.
Better mobile advertising
And with this unbelievably rich data source, ads to mobile devices could soon become super targeted. You may receive location based offers based on apps you have, your location, your diary, the temperature, your search history and more.
GPS and Personal Assistance
The iWatch will be your default screen for most simple needs. Need turn by turn directions or the next train time, just glance at your watch. The iWatch would have predictive technology much like Google Glass. It shows you things it thinks you may want to know, it won’t alert you, but walking past a store it may show you things you may want from inside, but only a nudge. It may show you the person you seem to be near to’s name if you are connected. It will be a continual ambient layer of information should you need it.
And yes, rather dull but your iWatch will become your primary place to see whats happening and not your phone.A typical smartphone is turned on 130 times a day, your wrist will become ” first line support” for your digital life. You won’t be writing on it, but quick glances will be the new elevator waiting behavior as you glance updates, your diary, any messages and heck, even the time!