After spending a long weekend with a 38MM stainless steel Apple Watch™, I started off a little skeptical about how a device like this might fit into life, either as a cool gadget, or functional tool. Based off of my personal use of the watch, here is my experience and reaction to wearable technology.
The initial sync doesn’t make it clear what’s happening, and took about 30 minutes to get all of my relevant data over to the watch.As usual, the packaging was perfect and the watch came about 85 percent charged. When I started the pairing process, I noticed the watch has a “point cloud” floating around on the screen. All you do is point the iPhone® camera at the watch and voila, it’s paired. Whether or not the point cloud conveys some sort of information to the device, it appears amazing.
The First Hours
The watch is constantly off and it was a little awkward getting used to the gesture to wake it up. This is especially noticeable when I’m sitting at my desk reading a document and want to see the time. With a regular watch, it’s easy. With the Apple Watch, I have to do some strange wrist gesture to turn the display on. Driving home, I realized that the same motion that I used to turn my car to the right is the gesture that the watch is looking for to turn on, resulting in the watch being on for most my ride home. It didn’t appear to impact the battery too severely.
The battery is a special concern for me and I can’t help but worry if it will last for a full day. My first few days of testing this device resulted in using it far more than I normally would. I recognize my abnormally high use right now, but I still can’t help but monitor the draining battery life. The good news is that the watch charges remarkably fast and I was able to go from about 35 percent to 95 percent in under an hour.
Unless you cull the list of notifications going to the watch, your wrist will feel like everyone who walks by is tapping it. Because I went through the effort of picking the things that could get to my wrist, I know it’s something important I want to see quickly; the watch allows me to do that – quick wrist flip, I have an appointment in 15 minutes, wrist down, done.
Crestron and the Watch
This is where we get to what it means for Crestron. I won’t be hyperbolic and say that our watch solution will define the future of the company, but I would go as far to say, the kinds of things I want to show up on my watch are the kinds of things that will shape the future of our business. This is an opportunity for us to leverage our technology and make homeowners feel more connected to their homes:
- It looks like you’re headed home, do you want me to turn the lights on? <Welcome Home!/Dismiss>
- You left without turning off the AC, should I take care of it? <Do it!/Dismiss>
- Its bedtime, turn down the heat? <Cool me off/Dismiss>
- Your son just got home. <Dismiss>
- The basement light has been on for 3 days. <Turn it off./Dismiss>
Apple® sold millions of these devices and people are going to expect that we do something smart with them so that their watch can have value. I believe it’s up to us to make devices like this valuable through higher level intelligence that we gather through our technology. Highly personal devices like the watch are the future of smart homes and connected home-owners.