What makes a smart watch smart?

Today, smartwatches or smart watches are manufactured by many companies (from “no name” producers on AliExpress to luxury brands), and getting them is a complete toy today, and for some large brands they are one of the most important items on the market. The offer is really varied and even in this segment of wearable electronics, the saying of a hundred people – a hundred tastes – applies. Because of this, it is very difficult for users to find out what a proper smartwatch should be able to do, but let’s try to ask the question anyway, How smart does a watch actually have to be to be called “smart”?

In recent weeks and months, I have been involved in this thematic debate several times. One was a discussion with a professor who planned to bathe his student a bit in defense of his smartwatch work. Maybe it turned out well. For the second time, the collective reflection took place directly in communication with one of the producers. In both cases, it turned out that everyone had a minimum level of cleverness slightly different requirements and scales.

Personally, I’m not entirely convinced that a red line dividing a smart and stupid watch can be drawn somewhere universally. Although the basic elements of cleverness can be enumerated relatively easily and in agreement, the ranking of their significance is already up it can vary a lot with more people. It may even happen that a device for a thousand and a device for tens of thousands will be (not) smart from a certain point of view.

What does Wikipedia say?

Smartwatches (also smart watches) are a built-in system in the form of wristwatches, whose functionality brings more than just information about time (or what classic mechanical watches could offer). From today’s point of view, these are analogies of smartphones in the form of watches, including the possibility of mobile calls or at least notifications of incoming messages and calls.

They are in the game repeatedly, for example openness of the systemoption installation of other applicationssupport e.gability reply to received messages, NFC platby or communication with the voice assistant. Each of you would probably be able to assign your own priorities to the listed items now, but together we probably wouldn’t meet. Of course, it is ideal for smart watches to do as independently as possible replace smart phonebut the clear line is still somehow missing.

While phones have somehow experienced that if they have an operating system, they are smart, such a simplified sieve will be more problematic for watches. For some users, very little may be enough for satisfaction (and recognition of cleverness), while someone else will have much higher demands. Half the false lures don’t improve the situation either. For example, what is the possibility of installing other applications, when there are really about three in the menu?

Even the manufacturers themselves are already beginning to operate the word “smart” a little more cautiously, indirectly acknowledging that there is too much of this concept on the market and not every product is worthy of it. It is difficult to say which company would be able to precisely define a smart watch. And we haven’t honed that into finding the differences between a watch and a bracelet…

How would you define a smart watch?


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