Mobile IoT Authors: Yeshim Deniz, Zakia Bouachraoui, Pat Romanski, Elizabeth White, Dana Gardner

Related Topics: @ThingsExpo, Mobile IoT, Wearables

@ThingsExpo: Blog Post

We Don’t Need Smartwatches Anyway, Right? By @ABridgwater | @ThingsExpo #IoT

There’s a huge push within technology spheres right now to give us the users new things

We Don't Need Smartwatches & Virtual Assistants Anyway, Right?

There's a huge push within technology spheres right now to give us the users new things, obviously. So without making this commentary too personal, allow me to make a point.

A colleague from the technology industry who shall remain nameless (hello Tom!) sent me a late night email asking if he should be concerned about not really wanting a smartwatch or getting caught up on the hype.

He asked, "What killer app would I use on a smartwatch if I had one?"

I thought about it and replied, well e-mailed basically. But as we know, a user has to keep a smartphone in their pocket to use a smartwatch, so that's maybe not that smart after all isn't it?

A user has to keep a smartphone in their pocket to use a smartwatch, so that's maybe not that smart after all isn't it?

Thinking about this question some more, I added to my reply and stated the following:

"Well let's see now, I get time, stopwatch, temperature, barometer, sunset and tides from my Casio Pathfinder, plus it's solar so I don't have to plug it in like a smartwatch. Then when I want my steps and heart rate I just look at what my Fitbit is telling me. So I guess maybe I don't want a smartwatch after all. At least not right now anyway."

The question and the point we are trying to uncover here is - is a certain amount of so-called ‘device and service innovation' happening just for the sake of it? Is the industry simply just trying to find the next Twitter?

The answer if mostly yes, of course it is. Look at the amount of projects that Google launches and then subsequently mothballs or kills. We have to keep trying to break the mold without actually knowing what shape the new object is that we are trying to build anyway.

Does the same apply to Cortana and Siri and the new breed of voice-driven virtual assistants?

Who needs personal digital assistants?
As Frost & Sullivan's Sheridan Nye stated this week, "Beyond the gadget-freaks and early adopters in enterprise, the mass consumer market is yet to be convinced by virtual assistants."

"Microsoft, Apple and others need to persuade the ordinary consumer that a vocal electronic companion can add value to their day - which might not be complex enough to warrant a dedicated assistant. They also need to head off privacy concerns about yet another application that is designed to collate information 24/7. The trade-off between time-saving convenience and creepy intrusion needs to be handled very carefully," she writes.

Again, this is an emerging technology that none of us are quite sure about yet.

... and onward to hardware
Yes so clearly this post is sponsored by HP Enterprise Services and I know that this division of the company is now separate from HP Inc -- with the latter being focused on making PCs and printers.

But HP devices are relevant to this story, the race to work out just how we want to use tablets continues apace. Microsoft has its Surface and HP is building machines with ‘revolve' around screens and the new ‘Spectre 360' which simply flips right round.

Again, we still don't know quite how we want to use this technology yet, so the best thing we can do is to keep diverging form factors and applications until we get to a place where everybody is as happy as they were with, let's say, the plain old wristwatch.

We won't fight innovation, but we may not accept it all. The story continues...

This post is sponsored by The Business Value Exchange and HP Enterprise Services

More Stories By Adrian Bridgwater

Adrian Bridgwater is a freelance journalist and corporate content creation specialist focusing on cross platform software application development as well as all related aspects software engineering, project management and technology as a whole.

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
The deluge of IoT sensor data collected from connected devices and the powerful AI required to make that data actionable are giving rise to a hybrid ecosystem in which cloud, on-prem and edge processes become interweaved. Attendees will learn how emerging composable infrastructure solutions deliver the adaptive architecture needed to manage this new data reality. Machine learning algorithms can better anticipate data storms and automate resources to support surges, including fully scalable GPU-c...
Machine learning has taken residence at our cities' cores and now we can finally have "smart cities." Cities are a collection of buildings made to provide the structure and safety necessary for people to function, create and survive. Buildings are a pool of ever-changing performance data from large automated systems such as heating and cooling to the people that live and work within them. Through machine learning, buildings can optimize performance, reduce costs, and improve occupant comfort by ...
The explosion of new web/cloud/IoT-based applications and the data they generate are transforming our world right before our eyes. In this rush to adopt these new technologies, organizations are often ignoring fundamental questions concerning who owns the data and failing to ask for permission to conduct invasive surveillance of their customers. Organizations that are not transparent about how their systems gather data telemetry without offering shared data ownership risk product rejection, regu...
René Bostic is the Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America. Enjoying her career with IBM during the modern millennial technological era, she is an expert in cloud computing, DevOps and emerging cloud technologies such as Blockchain. Her strengths and core competencies include a proven record of accomplishments in consensus building at all levels to assess, plan, and implement enterprise and cloud computing solutions. René is a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and a m...
Poor data quality and analytics drive down business value. In fact, Gartner estimated that the average financial impact of poor data quality on organizations is $9.7 million per year. But bad data is much more than a cost center. By eroding trust in information, analytics and the business decisions based on these, it is a serious impediment to digital transformation.
Digital Transformation: Preparing Cloud & IoT Security for the Age of Artificial Intelligence. As automation and artificial intelligence (AI) power solution development and delivery, many businesses need to build backend cloud capabilities. Well-poised organizations, marketing smart devices with AI and BlockChain capabilities prepare to refine compliance and regulatory capabilities in 2018. Volumes of health, financial, technical and privacy data, along with tightening compliance requirements by...
Predicting the future has never been more challenging - not because of the lack of data but because of the flood of ungoverned and risk laden information. Microsoft states that 2.5 exabytes of data are created every day. Expectations and reliance on data are being pushed to the limits, as demands around hybrid options continue to grow.
Digital Transformation and Disruption, Amazon Style - What You Can Learn. Chris Kocher is a co-founder of Grey Heron, a management and strategic marketing consulting firm. He has 25+ years in both strategic and hands-on operating experience helping executives and investors build revenues and shareholder value. He has consulted with over 130 companies on innovating with new business models, product strategies and monetization. Chris has held management positions at HP and Symantec in addition to ...
Enterprises have taken advantage of IoT to achieve important revenue and cost advantages. What is less apparent is how incumbent enterprises operating at scale have, following success with IoT, built analytic, operations management and software development capabilities - ranging from autonomous vehicles to manageable robotics installations. They have embraced these capabilities as if they were Silicon Valley startups.
As IoT continues to increase momentum, so does the associated risk. Secure Device Lifecycle Management (DLM) is ranked as one of the most important technology areas of IoT. Driving this trend is the realization that secure support for IoT devices provides companies the ability to deliver high-quality, reliable, secure offerings faster, create new revenue streams, and reduce support costs, all while building a competitive advantage in their markets. In this session, we will use customer use cases...