The harsh reality of the "smart" watch #AppleWatch #Wearables pic.twitter.com/diHhN1XtVDit's a believable world where the watch is just an accessory for a phone. To me apps as providers to a new watch UI framework makes sense as Pebble are proposing in their latest kickstarter. This follows the kind of process from when desktop applications were shrunk to fit smartphones and the way that we use/interact with "apps" is different now. (I think that it's also reasonable to assume that way we use apps will also change in the same way desktop programs have become much more app like).
— Theo Priestley (@ITredux) March 11, 2015
This feels like a much more natural framework for linking within apps, for structuring the interactions around both intent and context. This is already a trend in phone apps as the marketplace becomes increasingly crowded.
Before NFC really takes hold, airlines and passengers must get through the first few waves of “smartwatches”. Unfortunately, at least for now, smartwatches just seem like an even more inconvenient way to use a QR-based boarding passI tend to agree that this technology could pave the way to improvements in the whole passenger experience (PaxEx). One question I'm intrigued to know the answer to is would the Passbook passes be stored so that they can be used via NFC even after the battery dies? I think that would be neat.
There are a number of other useful features for travellers. With innovative new technology, devices and availability it can often lead to a change in our behaviour, for example what will happen about sharing keys temporarily? If I'm travelling with people I may give them my physical key to either put something in or collect from my room. Will I want to handover my watch? assuming it even works away from my phone. Will I be happy in transferring my key to another device? Will I trust that when I get the key back on my device that I am still the only person with access?
I'm not sure how successful a form factor watches will be for wearables, but I believe that sensors for various health applications will be a longer term bet. Smartwatches as a snazzy new tool are great, so I leave you with this thought ...
Tools are great. Make sure the tool is smaller than the problem and intended and fit to solve the problem you have. Before adoption.Is the watch an overkill for the tool needed? Would cheap buzzers/sensors that provide haptic feedback coupled with bluetooth earpiece be good enough? It would probably be a heck of a lot cheaper! Marrying technology and fashion would make them truely wearables and as illustrated by some interesting ideas come out SXSW.
— Torbjörn Gyllebring (@drunkcod) March 12, 2015