Smartwatch: The Next Big Media Innovation?

Samsung Galaxy Gear  Photo Credit: Kārlis Dambrāns via http://www.flickr.com/photos/janitors/

Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch
Photo Credit: Kārlis Dambrāns via
http://www.flickr.com/photos/janitors/

By: Colton Warren

Many of you have seen the Samsung Galaxy Gear commercial with iconic faces from Star Trek and the Jetson’s talking nonsense into their wrist. This may be more common for humans very soon, however.

Google is reportedly in the final stages of developing their own wrist friendly smart phone device. It will run on Android and connect with Google Now, Google’s “personal assistant that can answer questions, make recommendations and predict what information users need based on what they are doing,” according to The Wall Street Journal. They are talking with Asian suppliers to mass-produce their new toy and hope for a 2014 release.

Google will join a market with several options including devices from Samsung and Sony, none of which have caught on. Many complaints are had about how little the product can do, and poor battery life.

The Samsung Galaxy Gear is the most developed watch on the market so far. With a sleek stainless steel body, it is the first of its kind with a color screen. It can connect with Android devices and Bluetooth and comes with pre-installed apps. Oh yeah, there is also a camera built into the wristband…

Apple is rumored to have begun developing a smartwatch in hopes of a late 2014 release. Few details have emerged on the hardware itself but keep tabs on this running update of the soon-to-be “iWatch.” CEO Tim Cook recently said that wearable computers will be a “key branch” in technology, according to the Wall Street Journal.

You can compare smart watches currently on the market, here.

The development of the smartwatch continues along with the development of products like Google Glass, both with the potential to continue the serious downsize of technology, all the way down to wearing our computers in everyday life.

Are you in the market for a smartwatch? How do you think these innovations benefit journalists? Should we be skeptical of “wearable computers” and how invasive technology is becoming to everyday life? Is this a noteworthy step towards completely hands-free technological interaction?

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