FASHION: Android Wear 2.0
When smart watches can stand on their own as internet connected devices like our phones that can perform any number of tasks without having us reach for our phones, that's when I'll start wearing one. That's what Android wear 2.0 intends to do. Storage, memory, internet connection, and GPS. Combined with some wireless headphones, that's a game changer. I can now go running without worrying about putting my phone in an armband. I can now go for a bike ride without a special bike shirt with a lower back pocket. I could even try leaving my smartphone at home for the whole day, and not have that crazy anxious feeling that my loved ones have been trying to get a hold of me all day.
Smartwatches have finally graduated in to the realm of useful and useable. The fashion component of the watch is where companies like Google and apple will excel in selling to people who can afford them. A Rolex branded smartwatcH? No problem. A Swiss watch with the capabilities of an iPhone? Yes please.
Maybe one day voice interfaces will be so good, we won't have to look down at our phones anymore as if we needed a reason to ignore our physical surroundings now more than ever. Instead we'll just ask Siri, or Cortana, or Google Assistant to do things for us. Give us directions to the closest coffee shop, text our friend to meet us there, and make sure our calendar is blocked out for the next hour. All without ever straining any thumbs, eyes or necks looking down on these horribly wonderful windows in to the Internet.
Or maybe one day your watch will tell you when you're about to get sick. Using skin temperature sensors and heart rate monitoring, scientists from the University of California, San Francisco have programmed the Basis Watch to detect and notify you before you get sick. Too bad Intel recalled, and has discontinued the Basis Watch.