Move Over, Smartphones

For anyone who has ever found themselves in a situation where their hands are full with groceries and coffee, and they hear their phone ringing in their bag or pocket, but just can’t reach it to find out who is calling, a smartwatch might be the answer.

Smartwatches do more than tell time; using Bluetooth technology they sync to a user’s smartphone to transmit calls, texts, or emails. Users can discreetly reply to a message without having to bring out their phone. Smartwatches act as a wearable computer, allowing users to do everything from play Tetris to checking and updating Twitter or Facebook. There are a variety of smartwatches on the market today, with many more on the horizon.

Wearable technology has slowly been making its way from the world of science fiction to reality, changing the way people communicate, exercise and much more. It is estimated that this year alone, 1.2 million smartwatch units will ship, and by 2018, 485 million smartwatches are expected to be sold to consumers.

Advances in technology have played a role in the expected demand for smartwatches. To compensate for the smaller display screen, ZoomBoard recently introduced a text entry method that lets the user zoom in on letters on the onscreen keyboard to make typing a reply to a text or email easier. Additionally, smartwatches benefit from Bluetooth 4.0 and other new technologies that reduce battery usage, which allows for a smaller battery and a sleeker design.

As smartwatches are taking the power of a smartphone and placing it on a user’s wrist, it begs the question, “What wearable technology will be next to market?”