How to get the most out of your smartwatch

Posted: 2014/09/20 in 100% Geek, Computers and technology
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With the announcement of the iWatch, apple hipsters out there start to see the glimpse of what one can achieve with a wrist device. Some geeks are apple hipsters, but most are favoring Android and Linux to PR-oriented OSes.

With that in mind, most all smartwatches on the current market are Android compatible, and there’s a long list of things you can do with them that ressemble Sci-Fi.

Lifesign bracelet Image courtesy of cinetropolis.net

Lifesign bracelet in Star Wars universe: The Caravan of Courage, with the furry ewoks we all know and love. Image courtesy of cinetropolis.net

There are a lot of smartwatches available on out there.  Leaving aside the bluetooth enabled watches that does nothing but showing icons under certain conditions, there are a wide variety of wearable computing devices to fit most geeks needs.

The Galaxy Gear, Gear 2, Gear 2 neo and sexy curved super AMOLED Gear Fit, the Sony Smartwatch, the Pebble, the classy round-screened Moto 360 are only a few examples of devices that could interest tech enthusiasts of modern age.

The round display of Moto 360 can be techy or classy – image courtesy of computerworld.com

But, what can they do? Really? Today, with today’s tech, what does wearable computing has to offer to everyday life?

Of course, apps really vary from device to device, even under a same line. For instance, the Galaxy Gear is running Android, while the Gear 2 and Gear 2 neo runs the Samsung-developed Tizen operating system and the Gear fit runs some realtime OS.

OS matters. Because available apps varies greatly depending on what OS the device runs. For instance, there’s only about two dozen apps running RTOS for Gear fit, but look at all the possible apps available on play.google.com to possibly sideload into any Android-compatible devices.

Android Wear Wars: The Moto 360, LG G Watch And Samsung Gear Live Compared

The Moto 360, LG G Watch And Samsung Gear Live – image courtesy of reddotcity.net

But, does it really matter? Who really wants to play Candy Crush on a watch?
Most geek will use the wrist as an extension of the smartphone. Perhaps using it to trigger Tasker tasks from the watch. It even work as an App Connect trough Gear Fit Launcher for the RTOS arm-based input display.
One could do essentially anything – from receiving watch notifications when entering a geographic zone to playing musing when connecting to the home network, passing by controlling anything on the smartphone. Tapping the bracelet becomes part of everyday life to control – anything.

Launch virtually anything on your Android smartphone from your wrist device with Gear Fit Launcher

Launch virtually anything on your Android smartphone from your wrist device with Gear Fit Launcher

Of course, showing notifications on the wristwatch can be useful. Either for meetings or while driving, the smartphone can remain completely quiet, and the user can decide to act or wait. Or even answer incoming calls or SMSs with predetermined messages.

It is also pretty good while on a hike to access phone essentials without getting the phone out – the wristwatch can even interface the phone’s position tracking software. Compatibility will vary from device to device and software to software.

Perhaps smartphones will go the way of the dinosaures and be replaced by smartwatches? Or maybe the Apple version of smartwatches will bring something new to the table?

What’s your toughts?

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