Instant Access: The Smart Watch

Recently, wearable technology has become more and more prevalent. Watches were the first to become “smart,” as there now are many different companies putting out their own versions of smart watches.  However, new innovation from some of the leading companies in the tech industry has significantly increased consumer demand to own a smartwatch.


While smart watches were some of the the first to penetrate the wearable technology space, many of the initial models had minimal functionality, whether it was a heart rate monitor, camera, or the ability to receive text messages. Newer models have included all three of these functionalities including many more.  Apple hopes to compete with companies like Garmin, Nike, and Samsung who are already selling smart watches.  The latest in smart watch technology aims to bring people together through simple tasks such as sketches, taps, heart rate monitors, and even a walkie talkie.


Outside of consumer demand, another issue that smart watches aim to solve is instantaneous health care monitoring. Some watches can already have a heart rate monitor and pedometer, but watches in the future are expected to be able to measure all the body’s vitals so that patients could give doctors an accurate reading instantly.


Ultimately consumer demand is driving the production of smart watches, primarily between four main competitors: Apple, Garmin, Nike, and Samsung. Consumers want a product that they can easily put on and take off, while recording and sharing the data they desire — heart rate, walking steps, text messages, pictures, and more.


It’s no surprise smart watches are receiving rave reviews, regardless of the brand. It is human nature to be both connected yet competitive, and the smart watches allow consumers to do just that. Today it is easier than ever for users to record and share data on their smart watch, often making a competition out of something so mundane such as walking. A husband and wife can challenge each other to see who can walk more steps per day and their stats would be recorded electronically.
In the future, this electronic data sharing could greatly impact the health care industry as today’s doctors are looking for ways to create an electronic medical record system that would give patients more access to doctors and vice versa. At the heart of all this is a dream, technology, innovation, and a vision. Just like we have seen dramatic improvement from the original smart watch to the ones manufacturers are turning out today, technology and innovation will certainly shape tomorrow.