I never really saw the point to owning a watch. Tan lines, skin irritations, annoying ticking sounds. No thank you. If I want to know the time I’ll just break out a sun dial or ask someone or look at my phone or the clock on the wall or the clock on the TV or the clock on the microwave or the clock in the car or the clock on my computer. Combine that sentiment with the fact that I think smart watches are impractical and that I’m not a fan of Apple products and it’s easy to surmise that I will not be getting an Apple Watch anytime soon.
And yet if you made that assumption you’d be wrong. For the Apple Watch isn’t just a watch in the ordinary sense of the word. Nor is it a typical Apple product. Rather, what we’re dealing with is a revolutionary timepiece that completely changes what a wearable could be, transforming it from something that adds to the deluge of data already overburdening us to something that helps us escape the pressure of always being plugged in. In essence, it’s something that makes us more human. And in so doing Apple has finally found a way to win me over.
How has it done that? By including the following four features in the watch:
- When someone texts you a question the watch converts the parts of the sentence into options. So if somebody says do you want sushi or pizza for dinner the words sushi and pizza will appear. Just select one to answer. No typing required.
- When you get a new notification you can quickly decide if its worth your time or not. Flick your wrist down quickly and the notification will go away. Hold your hand up and you’ll be able to read it. This allows you to stay in the moment longer.
- Apple is including new technology in the watch known as Force Touch. This means that you’ll be able to press down on the home screen to unveil hidden menus. It’s a clever work around to having less surface area to work with.
- Another new technology unveiled in the watch is something known as the Taptic Engine. What this functionality does is make the watch vibrate whenever something happens. A certain type of vibration will represent a new text message while another one will indicate a new email and so on. You’ll eventually get to the point where you’ll be able to figure out what’s happening without even having to look at the watch at all. Yet another example of how the watch is going to make us more human and end the stranglehold that our phones have over us.
What’s great about the watch is that there are probably several other cool new feature that I’m not even aware of yet and more likely to come out every time there’s a software update. Considering this is version 1.0 we’re probably just beginning to scratch the surface of what the watch is capable of. And considering that Apple’s designers are thinking outside the box on this new device, thinking of how it’s going to be used and how it could be designed to make our lives better that’s a good thing. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.
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