When the iPhone launched, it instantly became an integral part of the user’s lifestyle. The Apple Watch initially struggled like most wearables to prove its value to users. Over the last few Apple watchOS updates, it became more and more valuable becoming important for communication, fitness and so much more. watch OS 4 is another major update bringing in a Siri watch face and more fitness features.
iOS 11 is bringing in some major additions & changes to the Health app on the iPhone. Starting with iCloud syncing, diabetes management & new workout data. Apart from this there are new workout activities available that developers can also integrate in their apps. There is also better integration with Watch OS 4 in terms of insulin management for diabetics and for swimming tracking.
Here’s an open secret to start things off: Connected technologies are evolving like never before. We’ve always seen the advent of wearable manufacturers and have seen different use cases for trackers, and while the market might be plateauing a little, it’s opening a window to explore more varied use cases.
The smartphone & smartwatch being integral lifestyle devices are also slowly turning into lifesavers. The Apple Watch update featuring SOS can actually help in difficult time by sharing your medical information and getting in touch with emergency services. Apart from this, Apple has certain built-in emergency features in almost all their products to help in critical times.
Earlier this year, International Data Corporation (IDC) announced fresh statistic on Wearable market all over the world for the year 2016. The data included from basic health trackers to smartwatches. We can begin by saying that wearables are still alive as there has been a significant market growth. There has been a 16.9% year over year market growth with a boom in unit shipments in fourth quarter of 2016 reaching 33.9 million. And talking about the whole year we have 25% growth owing to the existing masters enhancing their gadgets and the new producers coming up in the market.
There are millions of people around the world who may not even have heard the term lifelogging or the Quantified Self but are self-tracking through an app or fitness tracker. In 2017 billions of smartphones have great sensors that consume minimal power, we have millions of cheap fitness trackers & smartwatches and we also do have a few internet of things that people are using to track their lives.
Artificial Intelligence has become a major part in our wearable interaction experience. The whole idea behind Artificial Intelligence is to make a computer, robot, software, or a device think intelligently, in the same way how humans thinks. For years we were relying on mouse and keyboards for input, but with time technology evolved. From laptop touch-pads we came to virtual keyboards on the smartphones. For wearables it evolved to something even more natural. The input method can be fulfilled by AI-powered voice commands and recognition. On the whole, the wearables we use are turning smarter and more intelligent.
Smartwatches currently are a great companion to the phone, behaving more like an extended interface. In case, if a smartwatch and phone are not in proximity, the smartwatch will behave more like a limited fitness tracker. That is a major setback and leaves no point of having a “smart” device. The incoming generations of 4G supported smartwatches are set to change this.