Geeks2U Promise
We guarantee you'll love our fast, friendly service - or we'll refund your money.  
133,572 Happy Customers & Counting
Need tech support?
1300 769 448
Extended hours, 7 days a week
Home  /  geekspeak  /  Smart Watches show the wearable future

Smart Watches show the wearable future

As I write this, it’s a couple of days away from when Samsung is expected to announce the Samsung Galaxy Gear, a smart watch device that’s expected to join the Pebble and many others — including a heavily rumoured Apple “iWatch” — in the field of wearable computing.

So why would you want a “smart” watch, anyway? The current models all tend to work in conjunction with an existing smartphone, taking advantage of the fact that technology that you’re wearing is easier to interact with than anything you may or may not be carrying around at a given point in time. If you’re sent an SMS, or an email or other form of communication right now to your smartphone, there’s no way of checking how urgent it is without pulling your phone out of your pocket, which is both time consuming and rather obvious. Glancing at your wrist is simpler, faster and generally socially acceptable, but this is just the easily understood tip of the iceberg when it comes to wearable computing concepts.

The Galaxy Gear is strongly tipped to feature its own camera, voice commands and a pedometer, making it a companion device with a bit more flexibility than just letting you know what your phone is up to. There are challenges for smart watches — battery life being the most notable one, as most people are likely to forget to charge their watch — but it’s really just an entry point for even more mobile technology.

Google’s Glass project is probably the best understood of the current crop of wearable technology; a pair of spectacles with an inbuilt camera and heads-up display that enables you to access Google’s services, overlaying internet data onto the real world. It all sounds rather like the work of science fiction until you realise that Google still intends to launch Glass as a mass market retail product this year. Most pundits predict that wearable computing will be a massive market within just a few years, and while they’re not always right, it’s not hard to see how this could be so. It was only a few years ago that smartphones really burst onto the scene; now they’re in the hands of 37 per cent of the Australian population, second only in the world to Singapore.

Some of the concepts that have been touted around for wearable computing are on the unusual side. Nobody seems to be able to agree on what a smart shirt should do, or how to build one that would survive a run through a washing machine, for example. What’s clear, though, is that we’re on the cusp of technology moving well away from the desk and onto our own frames in a way that’s never been possible before.


Recent News

It’s incredible to see how far we’ve come from even just 10 years ago in terms of home networking. Back then, Telstra’s pay TV channels and its T-Box Digital Video Recorder were all the rage and ‘internet-ready’ devices weren’t as accessible as they are today. While the ways in which and the ease at which

This week, Apple released an update to its macOS operating system to macOS Big Sur 11.5.1. Unusually for Apple, it detailed exactly what kind of security issue it relates to. Specifically, it patches a hole that would allow attackers to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges. If that sounds like so much techno-mumbo-jumbo to you,

I’ve not had a standard landline in my home for quite some time now. Partly that was because I very much did switch over to using my smartphone a great deal more over time. Mostly, however, it was because getting rid of it was one of the simplest ways to cut off those interminable “support

Social media can be a huge force for change, and in these times where many of us are bouncing in and out of lockdowns, also a vital lifeline for communication on everything from important matters to the wildly trivial. We’re all allowed our personal obsessions, after all. However, many of us don’t think about the

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Learn about the precautions we are taking and our new contactless pick-up and remote service options. Read More
Get help setting up your home office or homework area today. Learn More