If you are in market to select a smartwatch or fitness tracker, its likely you are looking for a device that can measure and keep track of physical activities including steps taken, calories burn and different exercise patterns. while these are indeed useful metrics to keep track of when you’re looking to get in shape with the aid of technology, you might not realize just how many other things wearable devices can measure like heart rate, sleep data and much more.
When it comes to wearable, there are two main categories of devices: fitness trackers and smartwatches. Not all wearable fall under one of these two boxes, but these are main types of such devices.
Fitness Trackers are more likely a smart band with very basic time functionality but measurement of steps taken, heartbeat is key functionality. On other side smartwatch is more flexible in terms of design and its functionality with some OS to provide smart apps including alerts from Mobile, physical progress dashboards and lot of other things for a tech savvy people.
Interestingly similar like smart phones all tech giant Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi have different versions of their smartwatches on basis of their OS, sensors and designs.
When people talk about smartwatches, they often don’t discuss the practical downsides of wearing one. You get a lot of good out of it, but you get some of bad too.
Information is available at the wrist:
You will not only have the time but you can also have insights about date, weather, your activity goals, alerts, calendar, world clock/ time zones and more. For most of alerts you don’t even have to pick up and unlock your phone. Answering or denying calls from wrist will never get old. It’s also great to receive news alerts that you can quickly scan while working without having to stop and dig your phone out. Smartwatch will offer you great convenience with providing information quickly and effectively.
Helps you track fitness activity and physical habits:
One of the great features of a smartwatch is health tracking. Your watch will automatically track your steps and sleep. You can also see how many calories you’ve burned, your distance walked and even your light and restful phases of sleep, depending on your device. You will personally love to acquire an entire separate device just to get health data. With this information, you can better plan your exercise routine and keep yourself on track to getting enough sleep each night.
Causes unnecessary distractions and a bit annoyances:
All that convenience can be annoying and distracting at times. Sometimes you don’t want dozens of news alerts at once. Or the various alerts from your phone become even more distracting when they appear on your wrist. You will found yourself getting more distracted than you would have without your smartwatch. You could put your watch into “mute” mode, which silences alerts. But then you become even more distracted worrying about missing something important.
Makes you obsessed with hitting your step count goal:
The downside of constant health tracking and streak rewards is that you feel obligated to hit your step count every single day. In theory, this isn’t a bad thing. But some days you can’t reasonably hit 8,000 steps. You really don’t want to be going outside or pacing around your apartment when you’re sick and should be resting. You will also felt immense guilt on a day in which you moved a lot of boxes but barely made half of your step count. But numbers don’t have to control your life or your mood. Now, you just view the total as a positive if you hit your goal and excuse failure if there are extenuating circumstances.
Unless you are someone who requires to be immediately contactable at all times, a smart watch isn’t something that most people need. If anything, a smart watch accentuates current issues that plague many professionals – the management of alerts and messages, and a tendency to swipe and check their communications devices as habit rather than need.
However, in terms of entertainment, or getting to know new technology, there is certainly a case for adopting a smart watch particularly if they do become a must-have technological accessory into the future. The proposed health initiatives could further enhance the attraction of smart watches, but at this point in time while manufacturers continue to tinker with how to best utilize the technology, the idea of paying a few hundred dollars for a device which doesn’t genuinely make life better is certainly a challenge for the big brands looking to push the technology.