The SmartWatch 2 is now available from Sony, and despite being a drastic improvement on the original SmartWatch, it still seems kind of silly. Or does it?
Users can check tweets, texts and incoming calls from their wrist, and can even download a teeny-tiny keyboard app to reply with. But that sounds like WAY more trouble than it’s worth.
Sure, it’s great if you’re willing to spend $200 so you don’t have to take your phone out your pocket quite so often, but your average smartphone isn’t exactly cheap in the first place. The SmartWatch seems like a lot of money for what is essentially a time-keeping, waterproof gimmick (although checking Twitter in the shower? That’s awesome).
For optimum functionality, you need to enable bluetooth on your phone. That in itself is enough to give most people doubts — battery life will plummet, and what good is a SmartWatch when your phone’s dead?
This craze for wearable tech is definitely going somewhere, but it definitely isn’t there yet. Google is certainly ahead of the game, though, and judging from this smug comment, they’re confident enough in their progress with Google Glass to find Microsoft’s Scroogled dig plain amusing (read here to catch up):
Microsoft’s latest venture comes as no surprise; competition in the wearables space is really heating up.
Although it does seem like wearable tech will forever be large and unwieldy or awkward and geeky, some people have a different idea. Check this bracelet out for starters. It’s far more fashionable than the SmartWatch and looks less futuristic than Google Glass — more importantly, it doesn’t look like a gadget.
Will the SmartWatch be making its way on to your Christmas list this year? If so, you might want to ask Santa for thicker skin, too — let’s face it, people will laugh at you for wearing one.
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