What The First Wave of Wearables Has Taught Us

As late as 35 years ago, first wearable as we understand them hit the market. Not really a wearable by our standards today, but for all intensive purposes the Casio C-80 calculator watch. This little puppy couldn’t bark with the big dogs today, but without it we wouldn’t have the path of the wearable we are on today. The wearable that got us started wasmota-smartring the Star Trek communicator, and from there it was in the collective consciousness, to say ‘hey, lets get a little tech in our daily lives on our person.’ This boxy little derp stop watch, a full numeric keyboard and dedicated buttons for all your favy basic math functions trig excluded, and it told what time of the day it was. What more could you want?

Fast forward t0, today and the stakes are a little bit higher. With all of the innovations we’ve unlocked in the past 35 years 2016 is likely to be the year of the wearable as we know it, and its a beautiful thing. The apple watch debuted in 2015 and was the avant garde of this market, now they are a dime a dozen in the wearable world. Now we have the fitbit being not only a tech conscious choice for consumers but a product that is being marketed as a health conscious product, as if to say “if you care about your health, you should really consider getting a fit bit.” Following on the coat tails of that is the Nike Fuel Band which is basically the same thing, but probably more stylish by most accounts. What this means for your computer is no laughing matter.

asdfkjjasdfasdfasdfIt goes deeper than any particular product, it is the very way we think of the way we move in the world. For instance we no longer just learn some cool skill or trait today we learn “life hacks” as if what we have done in the real world can only make sense in relation to our devices and their hold on our taints.

Another thing the first wave of wearable has taught us is that at our core we want devices that can help us in our competitive and individualistic endeavors. Every app is great in what it can tell you about yourself, but you are not likely to stand the test of time if you don’t also have the means to compare yourself to national averages and compare yourself against others. Consider the app luminosity.com at its core the point is sold as a means for you to better yourself intellectually and remain sharp into old age. What it has become however is a kind of pissing contest where you compare yourself to national averages which has a duly beneficial marketing advantage for the company. If you are at a low end of the average you are going to want to continue to have it an hopefully rise among the ranks. Whereas if you are at the top it gets you really happy to know you are there and you are going to keep it as a conversation starter.

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