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Watches of all kinds have been and continue to be symbols of status or a way to make our lives easier. With the addition of smartwatches that allow you to keep track of your physical health and other things, it is easy to see why so many people buy them. However, the popularity of watches is declining, and with the promise of new and better wearable tech, will smartwatches become obsolete or stay with us?
Smartwatches, though not as popular as they used to be, continue to improve and attract new markets of people. However, if there is a more advanced form of wearable technology, like the smart-contact lenses the world is raving about, smartwatches may decline while other technologies thrive.
Many people still use smartwatches, and many use these devices to track their health, help them work, and make their lives easier. However, if there is an easier way to track these things or improve your life, smartwatches may become obsolete as the new tech takes over. With this in mind, there are still a few things to consider, including the usefulness of smartwatches in different areas.
Will Smartwatches Become Obsolete For Fitness Tracking?
One of a smartwatch’s most desirable and most used features is the ability to do fitness and health tracking. And though many cell phones have similar features, trying to carry your phone with you when you go for a run, jog, or sometimes when you want to swim is either impractical or a terrible idea. For this reason, it is difficult to assume that smartwatches will soon become obsolete for this specific use.
Though there are plans to make new wearable tech and other tools that can become part of our bodies, there are still a lot of questions about the uses and capabilities of these types of permanent or semi-permanent implants or additions to our bodies.
Until we have another more efficient and safe way to measure things like our heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen levels, and other things, most of us may stick with a smartwatch that is comfortable and easy to attach to our wrists.
The biggest issue with smartwatches in fitness tracking is that newer models are always coming out to improve the technology, and updates and new developments may cause older models to become obsolete. However, this is less of a problem and more in line with how technology advances and changes over specific periods.
Will Smartwatches Become Obsolete For The Work Environment?
Another widespread place of use for smartwatches is the workplace. Smartwatches can help you set reminders, look at emails, compose emails, and make work more accessible and efficient if used correctly.
The ability to see whether messages are important or less so while you are busy with work allows you to keep your phone in your pocket and stay more productive while limiting interruptions. In addition, the added use of voice assistants allows you to set reminders, compose emails, send replies, and do much more using your smartwatch, and all of this gets done while keeping your hands free and focused.
If smartwatches are used within reason and to improve the workplace, they can be tools for better productivity and help you manage different aspects of work with less effort than it would typically take from you. However, the workplace is more likely to adopt new technologies that may see smartwatches as obsolete.
Looking at technologies that are getting planned and developed, there are many ways in which a smartwatch can not compete. For example, the new Mojo Lens has recently started testing and has shown excellent results and possibilities for the future. This lens is a contact lens that allows you to go about your day while staying informed but not distracted from what you’re doing.
Once technology like Mojo Lens reaches the public, there may be a decline in the need for and use of technologies like the smartwatch, especially in areas like the workplace. A contact lens takes up less space, does not require looking elsewhere, and is always with you when needed. For these reasons, it may make smartwatches obsolete in the workplace in the future.
With the added usefulness of not needing to use your hands with smart contact lenses, the workplace can become much more productive than even smartwatches permit.
Will Smart Watches Become Obsolete For The Health Sector?
In recent years, especially with the pandemic, smartwatches have done their best to upgrade their hardware and software to allow people to find out more about their conditions and keep track of their health.
Newer smartwatches now come with sensors that can detect your oxygen levels, heart rate, and temperature, and some measure even more. Along with these added functions and new apps to help you stay safe and healthy, smartwatches have made it easier to determine whether you may be sick or not, impacting the health industry quite dramatically.
Smartwatches have become a way to determine whether you need medical attention, but they also help some with illnesses to stay up to date on their medicines, routines, and many other things. A certain number of people with health problems like diabetes started using their smartwatches to help them track their daily intake and even help them determine when they need insulin.
There is also the added benefit that doctors can keep track of patient progress through some of the other functions found on smartwatches, though these are only relevant when the patient allows the information to be shared.
However, suppose there are new technologies that may be more permanent or semi-permanent additions to our bodies and even smart contact lenses. In that case, they may make smartwatches obsolete in the medical field as they may not help keep track of these conditions if other technologies can do it better.
Will Smart Watches Become Obsolete, And When?
The truth is that most forms of technology may become obsolete as time goes on, and new technologies get to develop and become the new norm. However, if the story of the standard wristwatch is anything to go by, smartwatches will likely be manufactured and used globally for many years to come.
Even when there are new technologies that can do the same things as smartwatches, or even more and better things, like most other watches, there are more aspects to consider than the functionality of a smartwatch.
In general, smartwatches have become more than just a way to make yourself more productive; they also serve as symbols of status and wealth or just nice-looking things to wear on your wrist. With this in mind, though smartwatches may one day become obsolete and no longer get manufactured, they may still be around for a long time.
As with most modern technology forms, developments will always make older technologies less valuable and even obsolete, and smartwatches are no exception. However, the usefulness of an object isn’t the only way humans measure its value, which is why we still have regular watches. Smartwatches will likely remain even when new forms of technology should cause them to become obsolete.