A Vision of a Smartwatch Future

A little glimpse of what might be….

Best read to the backdrop of Aretha Franklin’s “Say a little prayer for you”

 

A gentle vibration on your wrist lets you know it’s time to get up. You glance at your watch and it tells you that you had a reasonably good sleep, although it had to stir you three times out of a mild sleep apnoea state with a light buzz in the night. Your heart rhythm and blood oxygen saturation levels have been within normal limits. However, your blood glucose is a little high.

You get up, get ready, pop your discreet bone-conducting earpiece in and step outside. You mumble “taxi to work” and your watch hails one for you. The driver knows exactly where to pick you up, and exactly where you’re going. Your watch informs you of the taxi’s arrival, and describes its appearance, so you know it’s yours. You reach your office and as you step out of the cab, your watch lets you know (through your earpiece) how much was automatically deducted from your account for the ride.

The security doors at work slide open, since you’ve been identified and authenticated by your watch using the unique signature of your cardiac rhythm. You reach your workstation, which incidentally holds no information at all. As you switch it on, it too automatically forms an authenticated connection with your watch, and links to the watch’s operating system and data, which it then displays on your desktop monitor. All your work is permanently encrypted onto your watch’s built-in 5-terabyte storage . While you work, you are secure in the knowledge that it is all being saved on-the-fly directly to your watch, together with an in-built, multiple-point restore facility. And at given intervals, your entire watch’s data is being compressed, encrypted, and backed up to your cloud storage.

You disconnect from your work terminal and pop down for some food. You ‘contactlessly’ scan your purchases through your watch’s NFC and, as you pass through the shop’s exit barriers, your watch informs you of the amount you’ve just automatically paid for lunch. You tell your watch to call up your mate, Dave, and are immediately connected to him via voice call. You arrange to meet him after work, and when you finish the call, you ask your watch to book you tickets to the movies. Meanwhile your watch lets you know that the chocolate bar you just ate has pushed your blood sugar levels into undesirable territory.

You pop back up to your desk, complete the job you’re on, and get ready to leave for the evening. As you reach the cinema, your watch informs you that Dave is only 300 metres away. You wait for him, and when he arrives you both pass through the turnstiles, again having been authenticated by your watch. You then sit through what turns out to be a truly awful film. Since it’s a pleasant evening, and your watch hasn’t warned you of any impending bad weather, you decide to go home by bus. Once again, it automatically deducts the fare from your account as you board. At this point your watch, a touch unnecessarily, informs you that your team has just been knocked out in the third round play-off against a non-league side. You spend the rest of the journey trying to cheer yourself up by looking through photos from your recent Mexican trip on your 5″ OLED mobile device.

You reach home and open your front door (again authenticated by the watch), kick off your shoes and sink down into the sofa. Resisting a morbid impulse to watch the match on catch-up, you call out the title of the current drama series you’re watching, and your watch dutifully streams the latest episode to your 75″ OLED home cinema in full HD, having recorded it earlier that evening direct from the satellite broadcast. In fact, if you had ended up at Dave’s you still could have done the same, as all your entertainment is also stored within the watch.

Having remembered an important point to add to your PowerPoint presentation for the next day, you open your laptop (again, essentially just a screen and keyboard) which immediately links to your watch for the work data. You add a few slides and logout.

You suddenly realise that you left your mobile device on the bus. That’s too bad, you won’t get that back now. Luckily, it too was just a £50 dumb terminal with no data, so you haven’t lost any information, and neither will any sensitive data end up in the wrong hands. And your SIM card, together with all its contacts, is also safely in your watch.

You dictate a Whatsapp message for your dad, bemoaning your loss (and letting him know to give the movie you just saw a wide berth) and just as you’re getting ready to turn in for the night, a buzz on your wrist notifies you that your renewed digital passport has just arrived and has been loaded onto your watch. So that much-deserved break in Amalfi is still on after all….

6 Comments

  1. Administrator

    Hi Karim, and thank for the comment. Of course; this is about the future. For this to happen, it will require an increase in battery life, processing power and memory/storage capacity. If you see my other posts you will see that I believe we’re still at least 5 years away from practically useful devices. But we’ve always seen that tech eventually catches up to requirements.

    1. SOVIK SRIMANY

      Very Low power consuming devices, improved high efficient batteries, innovative charging systems, etc. will surely solve the power issue. Such a system is definitely arriving in the near future.

  2. Jonas

    Hi. Interesting piece. There is a company called Neptune which is doing a watch similar to this now. I think this is the way to go as well for smartwatches – it make the most sense. BTW, the headline is “Smartwatch Future” and has a watch showing a passport downloaded onto it, but the newspaper show a date in the past!…

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