Top Trends: Wearable Technology
- Battery life: Does the device run on standard, easy-to-find batteries like a watch battery, or will you have to pay more for specialty ones? Will it run for a month, or need recharging every 10 hours? It’s a general rule of thumb that your battery will run down more quickly based on the number of features the device has, so weigh this factor carefully when reviewing feature-rich devices.
- User interface/user experience: How do you navigate through your device? You’ll want to be able to access your desired information quickly, which can be tricky if the gadget is operated by single taps on a screen or button. If it’s a smartwatch with built-in call features, consider how quickly and easily you’ll be able to answer your phone.
- Design: Is the design attractive, bold, practical, or elegant? Manufacturers have had a hard time designing interactive screens smaller than one or two square inches, which is still pretty large in comparison to the standard wristwatch. Is the device something you’ll want to wear with any outfit, any day, or will you need to buy additional accessories to make it work with your wardrobe? If you don’t like the design, consider investing in a smaller, more subtle device that can be tucked away in a pocket.
- Durability: How will your device stand up to the elements? Unlike a desktop computer or television, wearable tech on your wrist, arm, or belt will likely have to contend with rain, heat, or the odd impact. (There’s interesting news on this front, as well: Corning has just announced the launch of 3D-shaped Gorilla Glass specifically for wearable devices.)