There’s no doubting that wearables are a great advancement in technology that have allowed us to expand the uses of our smartphones and tablets, bringing all kinds of new functionality to our every day lives that we didn’t have before. Thanks to wearables like smartwatches with Android Wear and Tizen, and fitness trackers like Fitbit, all that can connect up to our smartphones we now have the capability to track our steps, calories burned, take notes with voice and respond to text messages with voice all without having to interact with and touch the screens of our smartphones. Wearables still lack a “killer app” though according to Astro Teller, the man behind the “moonshot” projects at Google’s X division.
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In an interview with tech crunch, Teller states that smartwatches and glasses aren’t the only things being looked at in the wearables space for Google, he also mentions that he thinks a life changing application for the masses when it comes to wearables will fall somewhere centered around health and fitness or information security and environmental personalization, and this really doesn’t seem to far off. If you think about it, fitness trackers and fitness and health related features are being heavily focused on now a days, and you can find most major device OEM’s developing some sort of health related features into their devices. Health and fitness is something that most people can relate to, because no one really wants to be unhealthy, and if there’s one thing that could get them to use wearables more often, it’s probably an app that could help to promote better health and wellness, if not also motivate the user to make fitness part of their daily routine.
Information security is another area where wearables could potentially reach the interest of a mass amount of users. Think about the way that Google is implementing another form of security between Android Wear devices and our Android smartphones and Chromebooks. We’re starting to see the capability to unlock devices when we’re within a certain proximity of them while wearing a connected Android Wear device. Google already offers a great way to make your accounts more secure using 2-step verification, and adding another level of security using this connection between trusted devices is something the majority can probably see the benefits behind, especially now when online security and mobile security are probably the most important they have ever been. What do you feel about the general status of wearables in their current state? Do you feel there is already a must have app that can grab the attention of the majority of the market? Or are we still waiting for that “killer app” that will fast track wearables into the mainstream?