How ‘Smart’ do you need your watch to be?

Do you just need your watch to tell you the time and, maybe, the date? Or do you want something more?

There was a time when the definition of a smart watch was one that told the correct time! It could even tell you what time it was in New York!

Technology prevails?

Well, that was a different millennium. Now, we have the ‘smart’ watch, which can connect to the internet, download your porn emails, notify you of impending meetings that you need to avoid, get the latest updates and synchronize with your ‘smart’ oven to have your dinner cooked by the time you get home. OK, I may have been exaggerating with that last one, but you get the picture. Oh, and I believe some of them can even tell you the time!

Small screens

Do we need all of this though? We already have laptops (remember them), tablets and smart phones that can do all of that for us, without having to compromise our eyesight by squinting into a tiny screen attached to our wrist. How many gadgets can we carry? I have a picture in my mind of people with a regular watch, smart watch and health band all adorning their wrists like bangles jingling around!

It is getting silly and I, in the main, will just stick with the regular watch. Call me old-fashioned, but what the heck! But, I guess I need to move with the times and, with that in mind, I will be looking at smartwatches in more depth in the future.

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  1. I’m only 22 years old and I will be honest, I near enough hate technology haha but all of these “smart” watches really bug me.

    Why do you need to download questionable stuff on your watch? whats the need to be able to access YouTube on your watch? what is the need to much more than tell the time like a watch is used for?

    A smart watch would be like me watching Netflix on my kitchen clock haha but people would find that dumb I assume so what is the difference between that and a smart watch?

    I understand the being able to call from them as it could come in handy for emergencies but then, that’s what a cell phone is for! I just don’t have a very high opinion of all of these smart watches.

    1. Thanks Cherilyn, I’m with you on that one, but maybe we will soften towards them eventually, what do you think?

  2. Hey David,
    I agree with you on many of the points you have stated. With technology advancing so quickly these days, it seems everything has to send you your emails, update your calendar and schedule your meetings. Personally I like the analog watches (I have two). They have more of an old school feel to them and accomplish what they need to do; tell the time! Plus you would be surprised on how many kids can’t tell time on them. Sad. Nice article!

  3. Hi David,
    I agree that they might be trying to push too much too fast but I believe that the smart watch will be widely used in the near future just as smartphones are now. You’ll soon be able to do whatever you do now on your smartphone, on your watch. Just as how we can almost do whatever we do on our laptops/computers on our smartphones.

    Yes, the screen is small and hard for us to see but technology is amazing. I’m hoping they’ll come out with projection technology that’ll allow you to project what’s on your watch like in the movies. Everything in the movies is science fiction but they may actually be invented one day. Just like the “Back to the Future self-lacing shoes” that was recently developed by Nike.

    1. Yes, I know that technology is an ever-moving train and one day dinosaurs like myself will undoubtedly jump aboard!

  4. I have not problem with technology. In fact, I think technology is great…. You’ve got to love it.

    What I do have a problem with is trying to work with a device with a screen the size of potatoes chip. It may not be apparent now, but I predict many people in the near future are going to Serious Problems with their Eye Sight.

    I think it’s just down right ridiculous to try to do things on something that’s small enough to wear on your wrist as if the small screens on some cell phones aren’t bad enough.

    But, I guess people have the right to ruin there own eye sight.

    1. Agree. I am sure there are some uses, but struggling to find them at the moment! Nithng wrngn wth mi eystietes thugh!

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