A Regular Watch or a Smart One?

The heart-rate sensor on smart-watches is now being used as devices to assist elder people when they need it. This is another kind of usage that is being used in the I.o.T (Internet of Things) world, as they can work harmonically with other devices and sensors improving the quality of life of elders and disable people across the world.

A regular watch or a smart-watch? This is the question many people is now asking themselves as the offer of different types of smart-watches keeps increasing dramatically. Is now normal so see these new pieces of technology everywhere we go to look for a home appliance, a desktop or laptop computer or even a simple paper ream for the printer.

But, what is a smart-watch? What does it do and why should we get one or not? To answer these questions we first need to go to the basics. Accordingly to Wikipedia, “A smart-watch is a computerized wristwatch. While early models can perform basic tasks, such as calculations, translations, and game-playing, 2010s smart-watches are effectively wearable computers. Many run mobile apps, using a mobile operating system. Some smart-watches function as portable media players, with FM radio and playback of digital audio and video files via a Bluetooth or USB headset. Some models, also called ‘watch phones’, feature full smartphone capability, and have complete functionality of a typical smartphone. While internal hardware varies, most have an electronic visual display, either backlit LCD or OLED. Some use transflective or electronic paper to consume less power. Most have a rechargeable battery and many have a touchscreen. Peripheral devices may include digital cameras, thermometers, accelerometers, altimeters, barometers, compasses, GPS receivers, tiny speakers, and SD card (that are recognized as a storage device by a computer).”

As we can see, there are many types of smart-watches and all of them have one or more features that may be useful for us or not. Let’s get started with some good examples of what to use based on our needs. As a parent, many of us would like to have a way to monitor our children so we know where they are at some point. Well, there is a smart-watch line dedicated to child monitoring. You just need to perform a one-time setup and the new smart-watch (with GPS and Wifi Capabilities) will tell you where your child is when required. Some of these also come with microphone, speakers and camera that are controlled from the parent’s phone so they can see and hear what the child does at any time. Others even come with a heart-rate sensor, so it can actually tell you whether they are running, asleep or even if they are alive or not, not that is something common but those kind of events unfortunately happen.

The heart-rate sensor on smart-watches is now being used as devices to assist elder people when they need it. This is another kind of usage that is being used in the I.o.T (Internet of Things) world, as they can work harmonically with other devices and sensors improving the quality of life of elders and disable people across the world.

As we can see, there are many options to choose from and many of the major Tech brands are now designing and selling their own smart-watches, as well as hundreds of China’s tech giants. Thermometer, accelerometer, altimeter, barometer, compasses, etc. are among the most popular sensors found on these small smart devices. People who practice outdoor sports would find the information provided from those devices very useful and will certainly help them taking advantage of their activity and will probably allow them to enjoy it more than before. There is a smart-watch for any one.

The need of a smart-watch is gathering strength and some people say this trend will be the same as with the mobile phones. Not many people used them at first but with the time they became so common that are now used more than land lines or regular phones. However, this is an interesting approach as smart-watches have been around for quite some time but is until now that they are gaining popularity. Perhaps they have evolved enough to gain its place in people’s mind, or maybe their price has become much more affordable than before, or both. What is true is that they seem to be getting into our lives in a faster pace.