History always repeats itself with the arrival of a new gadget: everyone wants one. However, the appearance and use of the smartwatch is already being consolidated not only as a novelty but as a very useful tool in its daily use. Despite this, not everyone is clear about what you can do with a smartwatch on your wrist or what uses it can offer you.
For this reason, and if you are considering making a small or large investment in a smartwatch, you should be very clear about what a smartwatch is, what it uses, what possibilities it offers, what your needs are, and above all, what you want it for.
For all the above, in this article, we will try to solve all these doubts and some more, but above all, you will know what are the factors that you should take into account when buying a smartwatch in addition to knowing what its advantages are and decide based on them.
What is a smartwatch?
Smartwatch is a wristwatch endowed with functionalities that go beyond those of a conventional one.
In my opinion, this definition is a bit ambiguous since talking about functionalities that go beyond conventional use is not very specific.
First of all, we must bear in mind that a Smartwatch, by definition according to its translation is a smartwatch.
With the appearance of smartphones, a whole “universe” of functionalities was opened that may well replace some tasks previously only possible on your Desktop, later on, your laptop, and then with tablets.
This leap occurs today with the appearance of Smartwatch or smartwatches, which not only inherit the functions of a traditional watch such as giving the time, stopwatch, alarm, etc. but also incorporate many of the functionalities of smartphones in a wrist device.
A smartwatch is an electronic wristband device, usually connected to other devices that can work to a certain extent interactively and autonomously.
What is a Smartwatch for? Uses and applications of smart watches
The uses that you can get from a smartwatch come mainly from the comfort of its size and the evolution in terms of functionalities that have occurred since its birth.
It is evident that any user of a smartwatch is a lover of technology and can take full advantage of its utilities, among which we highlight:
Time / Date
It is evident that it is basic functionality in the case of a watch and therefore could not be missing.
However, the evolution of these devices sometimes makes us forget that this is a basic function and the importance of displaying it on a stand that is elegant and practical is essential. Certain brands take care of this aspect along with other functionalities such as the fossil smartwatch: It is possible to combine aesthetics and functionality.
The size of a smart bracelet device allows us to use it more comfortably than the smartphone since we do not have to hold it in hand: “tedious” tasks such as taking it out of the pocket, opening the cover, unlocking it … as opposed to taking a look at the wrist is one of its great advantages.
There are numerous smartwatches that incorporate a SIM card, or GPS devices that even allow you to completely dispense with the smartphone.
Control and connection with the mobile phone and its applications
This application is perhaps one of the most appreciated, since, as we have mentioned, its size and comfort allow us at a glance to see a second screen of the phone: while you are doing a physical activity or are in a meeting, you can see notifications almost without interrupting your activity.
The easy and very intuitive interaction thanks to the combination of touch screen and buttons allow you to receive and answer notifications of the compatible and installed applications.
Make and receive calls
The advantage of being able to make a call or receive it with your hands full through your smartwatch.
The evolution of fitness bracelets where we can control our physical activity is incorporated into these devices in which they are no longer only intended for athletes but also for people concerned about their health: they count calories, heart rate, steps, the hours of sleep, and help us control aspects such as weight, diet, etc.
At this time of technology development, when the size of the devices decreases, and the number of functionalities increases, the possibilities of uses and applications are innumerable.
We cannot fail to mention those that inherited from the smartphone, have made it essential to us and that the incorporation of a bracelet size gives it greater accessibility and comfort such as: Sending and receiving emails, geolocation utilities thanks to the incorporation of GPS, calendar, agenda, notifications … and let’s not forget that the incorporation of voice recognition technology breaks the barrier of the discomfort of working with such a small device.
The difference between a smartwatch and a hybrid watch?
Once we have defined what a smartwatch or smartwatch is, we find a variety: the hybrid watch, but what is a hybrid watch? How is it different from a smartwatch?
A hybrid watch is the closest thing to a smartwatch since it is equipped with an operating system and can be connected to the mobile phone. The key to hybrid watches is that they look like classic watches, but they can be connected with our phone.
The integration, style, and design is different in each model, but this class of watches have a traditional watch screen, although it allows us to change the dial to our liking and show us information and data from the mobile or phone.
In this way, we can interact with the smartphone or use the watch independently.
What is the future of smartwatches and how does it relate to the IoT?
The future of smartwatches is marked by technological advances. Precisely, a technology that is going to revolutionize the social, economic, and labor landscape in a few years is the IoT ( Internet of Things ) or Internet of Things.
According to the Gartner Company, it is estimated that by 2020 there will be about 26 billion devices connected to the IoT network.
IoT technology aims for everything to be intimately connected, from the electrical appliances in our house to telephones, computers, traffic lights, and all kinds of electronic devices that will be able to communicate with each other.
The possibilities of the IoT will allow your car to speak to your smartwatch and vice versa: This will serve to prevent accidents, warn of a theft, turn on the heating before reaching the car, the possibilities are enormous.
These advances can cause smartwatches as we know them today to evolve and change for the better.
This implies a series of advantages that can be applied to different areas such as health, physical performance, stress, and quality of life since smartwatches can help us in this area.
It is possible that the role of the mobile phone will change and the smartwatch will be its substitute, although it is too early to say so.
What is certain is that the possibilities of use and functionalities will increase over time and the companies that succeed will be those that offer a smartwatch for each type of use without giving up aspects such as price, functions, or aesthetics.
A clear example is the use of these watches in the field of medicine as they are ideal for monitoring heart abnormalities by keeping a daily record of vital signs. Another possibility is the location of people thanks to geolocation and GPS.
And surely there are many more functions that we do not know for now, such as telemetry.
In short, the key is not what your smartwatch can do that your phone does not, but to make the most of the potential offered by this class of devices, and that is undoubtedly this sector is growing and if there are now many watches capable of performing functions that years ago seemed a utopia, their evolution can be surprising.
The good thing is that the benefits of smartwatches are many (comfort, speed, applications for home and health, control of the smartwatch, etc.), it all depends on the model and its version, as well as the use you give to your new device.