standard Editorial: What a Windows Smartwatch Needs + Another Smartwatch Concept

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Here’s another nifty smartwatch concept for Windows wearables, using a whole new OS called “Windows Wear”. The watch is designed with a 1.45″ display and a dual core processor, running a version of Windows scaled down to work on the smaller screen size of a smartwatch.

Essentially it looks like a scaled down version of Windows phone, with the same live tiles and status bar, as well as Cortana and thousands of apps to play with.

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Many seem to agree that if Microsoft wants to be in the wearables race, which appears to be the next frontier for smartphone companies, they have to release a device soon; preferably before the Apple watch hits the market in 2015. The smartwatch market is already being flooded with some pretty decent selections from Android devices, powered by Android wear; a slimmed down version of the OS meant solely for wearables.

In fact Android smart-watches have already entered the next generation of products, meaning their no longer only for the risk takers and gadget lovers; but are being adopted by the mainstream folks as well, and with some beautiful options such as the Moto 360 that’s no surprise.

If Microsoft want to get in the world of wearables they’ll have to provide more than a slimmed down version of their mobile OS on your wrist, it has to be something revolutionary, eye grabbing and headline making. One area where all smart-watches appear to suffer currently is battery life, give me a smartwatch that can go for more than a week and I’ll start paying attention; I already have too many gadgets to recharge, from my phone and tablet to my laptop and portable mouse; I don’t need another.

Slapping on multiple colors, and a clever name won’t do it for entering, let alone winning the smartwatch race, something more is needed. Microsoft_Smartwatch_CortanaIf I’m going to replace my wrist candy with a piece of technology it better do everything my watch does and more, cause a watch is more than just an accessory (for men at least- I know many women who wear watches with dead batteries, simply because they match their outfits). For me personally a wrist watch is a statement maker, backed by the famous saying:

“A man without a watch has no place to be…”

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I never leave my house without a watch on my wrist, and even though we all have phones that keep track of time; there’s nothing nicer than having a piece of steel (or leather) on your wrist that you can consult at any time.

A watch on your wrist should do one thing very well, and that’s keep time; anything else is a bonus. That being said if it does happen to do anything extra it should follow two more rules:

  • It shouldn’t get in the way of the original purpose (telling time)
  • It should also do the secondary objectives well

In order to tell time accurately, the watch obviously can’t die on you mid day; which once again reinforces the need for a proper battery in these.

Second of all my current daily watch (seen above) has a stop watch feature in it, I’ve never used it and most likely never will; because I don’t need it. But if you add features in a smartwatch then the best way for them to work is without you knowing. Don’t interfere with the real purpose of a watch, it’s fine if you want to throw in some walking navigation apps, or music controls and a phone app; but don’t just put another phone our wrists; we don’t need that.

The placement of a watch, on someone’s wrist is a very intimate place; it’s privileged to be in contact with the major arteries in the forearm, perfectly positioned for measuring your pulse and heart rate; but why doesn’t it do more? A watch can tell if I’m sleeping (by the decreased heart rate), and so it should be able to tell my phone to enter quiet mode so I can get some shut eye. It can tell if I’m walking, so why not offer me the shortest route to where you think I’m going (let’s face it, our phone’s know were we’re going all the time).

In essence if I want a smart-watch on my wrist, I don’t want it to be a phone with a circular display, I want it to be a watch, first and foremost; then have some other really nice features that I’ll actually use.

Microsoft are already on the right track with Cortana, who is incredibly smart and learns quickly; so why not make her a bit smarter, and have her make my day a bit easier.

And lastly, please no square watches.

Smartwatch concept photos Source

 

 

  • Curtis8

    Very good article. Something that meets these guidelines would do well. Granted marketing would help. I do not however believe in the “And lastly, please no square watches”. I have had to old calculator watches and they were square. It depends more on the overall size and weight. There are some severely heavy watches it there (not even smart) that some people enjoy, yet many do not. I do like my Timex datalink watches (have had several). Way back when, Microsoft and Timex built the first datalink. If you have never seen it, the watch is programmed by flashing lines across your screen. Really cool to watch. The latest were USB driven, and had more memory.

    My biggest issue is that I live on a farm, so whatever I buy will need to be robust and rugged. Currently supporting a cheap WalMart watch since I lost the datalink I was using in a lake. I only have one left, new in box, and I plan on keeping it that way :)

    • Well a lot of people agree that heavy watches are good, in fact most smartwwatches are lighter than metal regular watches, but it’s a nice heavy for me.

      And you’re absolutely right, another huge factors has too be durability, these gadgets are too fragile; and I unfortunately bang up all my watches, even the expensive ones.

      • Curtis8

        You like heavy, I prefer light. Just like phones a watch can be an extension of you. As such, we are both right. There is no “killer design” or “one size for all”. We will likely agree on functionality, but that could be all.

  • viipottaja

    Interesting to see if the Nokia “stealth product” referred to e.g in their recent job postings could be a smart watch. My guess is it is not, but who knows.