Do you feel like Dick Tracy, Captain Scarlet or The Hoff in Knight Rider?

Posted by ewilliamson on August 4, 2015

If you look back to TV shows like Dick Tracy, Captain Scarlet or even David Hasselhoff in Knight Rider, they were using watches to communicate and initiate some form of command to another system.

With the release of the Apple Watch, I have heard a lot of conversations around the possibilities of wearable devices and what else it could achieve in the future. Personally I see these devices being utilised within the healthcare market for real time monitoring and ease of data capture. A key example of this could be for Type 1 Diabetics. An integration of an under the skin sensor (like what Dexcom can provide) and a wearable could allow Diabetics to keep a closer attention on their blood sugar levels, via alerts, taptic notifications etc. It could even look into alerting emergency services when certain criteria is met like low sugar levels, high heart rate/BPM, cold sweats. There are a lot more use cases within healthcare that wearable devices, not just watches, could assist in delivering that enhanced patient experience.

So what do I use my device for considering I am not in healthcare? One thing I don’t do is talk to the watch like the guys mentioned in the title of this post. Reason being, it looks very strange in public at the moment. Typically the device sits on my wrist like any other time piece, until used for one of the following:

•    Meeting notifications, if you get caught up in conversation you still get alerted about that webex session you are hosting in an hour or so time.
•    Navigation when trying to find somewhere new. Better than having your phone in front of you whilst walking, less chance of dropping it! And you can actually see where you are walking.
•    Quick iMessage replies.
•    Overview of cycling or running pace including distance and time

You can do most of this with your iPhone, but I believe having it on your wrist allows you to look less unsociable when in a group. Once more apps are made and delivered I personally think the smart watch idea will be great.

Author: Kyle Davies

Kyle is a Solutions Architect based in the UK, specializing in delivering the best end user experience possible, whilst understanding that compliance and commercial viability does matter. With his background of application development, infrastructure (Storage, Compute & DC networking¬), virtualisation and end user computing (workspace), he has a great understanding of all the components required to deliver the experience that end users desire. Kyle proactively assists on various virtualisation support and community forums in his own time, and assists some vendors with course material and questions for exams.

As a technology lover, he is always up for a discussion or debate across various technology stacks, his blogs aim to drive discussion whilst providing insights into various solutions and technologies. You can find him on twitter at @kdavies1988.


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Posted by Derrick Trimble on
Kyle. I am catching up on Kelway blogs and enjoying them, thus far, very much. A comic geek from teens, your title (again like Kevin's) caught my attention. Not sure I''d want the apple watch quite yet. I don't wear a watch anyway, so it would be doubly intrusive. Google Glasses met a lot of resistance, but I can see watch tech being more acceptable. We've come a long way from the mini-onboard computers from Casio et al of the 1980s. What's the next pitch to sell more computer watches? What will make it more appealing to the masses?
Posted by Kevin Wright on
I struggle with the apple watch. Looking at the youth of today being 40, I consider all sub 30s as youth) who uses watches these days. We've all got accustomed to looking at phones for time keeping. I feel Apple to trying to sell the concept of a watch to a generation of people who don't use watches. Be interested to see what demographics adopters of the apple watch come from, I'd guess aged 30 plus.

Perhaps in two years from now, it will have fallen foul of the tech trend gang, or perhaps as you mention practical relevant uses can be established?
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