One caveat to this post, getting notifications is a nice feature, but who is the audience for these “wear” devices? Well, fitness enthusiastic people would be a pretty big audience i’d say, but so far watches like the LG watch and the Samsung Gear 2 rely completely on a connected mobile device.
Sometimes you need to cut the cord with the phone & make the wearable device worthy of being worn….
I think Android Wear is really missing the target here, but, they may be taking things slow, testing the market’s reaction… Let’s see what Apple has later in the year. I for one won’t be buying one of these until they are more than a notification center on a watch.
In terms of fitness what do these devices need?
- Heart Rate Monitor – tracking for runners, that monitors heart rate at various times.
- GPS without the need to bring your phone.
- Spotify or equivalent apps for music control – without your phone.
- A handy flash light, light is always useful!
- Intelligent tracking – The ability to use your average running/walking pace and distance to detect how long an activity will take, taking into account, weather, incline and decline.
- Training tools – which comes back to a prominent failure in android wear – 3rd party integration.
- Bar-code reader for easy calorie counting.
- Long life battery – goes without saying.