The Future of Smartwatches

The wearable technology market will pass over 8 billion dollars by 2018 according to a recent industry report. Mobile manufacturers are getting into the world of smartwatches that could someday replace the phone you have in your pocket. Samsung is releasing their first smartwatch, and facts about the iWatch are starting to be released. Will these watches take over the future of mobile technology? See what is being said about the first attempts to lead this future market.

galaxy gear

Samsung recently revealed the Galaxy Gear, the first smartwatch created by a mobile giant. You can take phone calls and send texts on this watch and surprisingly, people really like the look of the watch. The watches will connect to the Samsung mobile device that you would have in your pocket or bag through a Bluetooth connection. This first generation smartwatch paves the way for the future of wearable technology, but many people are saying wait for a few more models to come out before buying one. One of the major downfalls of the Galaxy Gear is the $300 price tag. It would be a decent price if the device worked on its own, but you still have to be connected to the Samsung Galaxy phones. People are basically calling it “$300 smartphone accessory.”  The watch can’t do much yet besides calling or texting, but more applications and uses should be available in future models.

Rumors of Apple’s iWatch have been surfacing and the hype is starting to grow around this product. The product is expected out sometime before the end of next year and rumors state that the iWatch could include some pretty cool features. The device could control your home by turning lights on and off as well as turning the fireplace on or off. They may be taking a step in the right direction with this product, because home automation is going to be a major part of our lives in the future. Imagine being able to get into your home without a key. Just use your smartwatch and open up your doors. Turn your lights on or off with the flick of your wrist. iWatch may be taking a different business approach with their smartwatch than their competition, and it could pay off in the end.

Who really knows which smartwatch will trump the category? Maybe Samsung’s future Galaxy Gear models, Apple’s iWatch, or even a new company specializing in the smartwatch category will change the game, but at this point, only time will tell.

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