Heavy Hands, Light Watches
My Apple Watch weighs 7.93 pounds less than the Heavy Hands dumbells I used to pump approximately 10,000 times a week. To reach the equivalent total weight, I'd need to lift my watch-bearing wrist to my head level about a million times a week. For strength and cardio, pumping an Apple Watch (even the larger 42mm), it turns out, is not nearly as efficient as using eight-pound dumbells. Still, there's hope. Samsung has been introducing smart watches, for a while, and as the inventor of the phablet, the super-sized smart phone, can a Samsung wablet be far behind?
In 2007, Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone: His dramatic stage performance emphasized that the iPhone was three devices in one: an iPod, a cell phone, and an Internet communications device. On our little wrist computers, we want more than three devices in one: We want more sophisticated health monitors. We want better workout assistance. We want a more elegant interface, which at the same time, allows us to do more. We want better and easy connecting audio. We want artificial intelligence to do the calculations for us, after all, it's a computer. We want privacy. We want a cellular connection so we can leave our smart phones at home. Along with the above, we want our watches to look good, the battery to last longer, and a wrist computer that will never break. That’s about ten devices in one. With all those capabilities, perhaps it will also meet that eight-pound requirement for me to resume my heavy hands workout.
For those of you who don't want to start or resume a heavy hands workout, Apple has left hints how they intend to accomplish some of their goals, especially in the health and conditioning category. Here's a hint: don't spend too much on additional watchbands, either for function or fashion, because Apple is going to Sherlock them.
Sherlock was search software (since replaced by Spotlight) that Apple created and bundled with the Mac. Apple's free product pushed a similar product by a third-party into retirement. Currently, third parties are targeting the only Apple Watch part that can be augmented — wristbands. In current development is a camera and (as I mentioned in my last post) a band that tracks atrial fibrillations, and a back-up battery. But what if you want a band that tracks atrial fibrillations, a band that takes pictures, and a band that gives you more time off the charging station? I assume you'd choose what was most important to you. But that's a short-sighted solution.
According to 9to5 Mac, a recent Apple patent would solve the wrist band problem — by turning the band into a series of modular links. Obviously, given how much smaller these links must be, while giving the same function as an entire wrist band, that solution might be years away. But I wouldn’t expect too many years away.
The multifunction wrist band would also solve an Apple business problem. When (not if) the Apple Watch gains cellular function for phone calls, texting, and the like, they’ll have a lower-cost device cannibalizing some of their iPhone sales. However, a modular wrist band gives Apple (and I presume third-parties) a number of slots to augment both the hardware and the initial sale price.