As TripCase continues to invest in wearables we’ve become familiar with these devices and have created our wish list of capabilities we’d like smartwatches to develop or expand upon. In a recent article, we highlighted the top five smartwatch capabilities that are on our wish list.
- Haptics – The Language of Vibrations
Haptics provide subtle personal feedback via vibrations. The language of vibrations will become more sophisticated so consumers won’t have to keep checking their watch to get the information they need. Instead, the traveler will learn what the vibration means. For example, watch owners will know that two pulses means turn left and one pulse means right.
- Voice Commands – “Simon Says…Book A Flight”
Voice commands will be THE interaction for smartwatches because they only require one hand. First, these commands will need to become more sophisticated. Travelers should be able to talk to their watch to get information about their trips. This could lead to travelers being able to make a booking from their wrist!
- Size Matters
Smartwatches can be uncomfortable to use, especially when you have to twist your arm in an awkward position to scan your boarding pass at the airport. We predict the hardware design will likely change.
KGI research claims that as much as 80 percent of orders placed for the Apple Watch are for the larger 42mm version. This assumes that men mostly buy the 42mm model, while women mostly opt for the 38mm and concludes that the watch may be selling better with men. This may mean that the watches offer an even smaller design for women.
- Expand Capabilities – Can Your Phone Do That?
Today, smartwatch capabilities don’t allow you to do everything a smartphone can. They are a nice supplement to the phone. Wearables are the Christmas gift, not the need to have. If smartwatches are going to saturate the market, they need to have a broader feature set.
- “Look Mom, One Hand!”
Since it sits on your wrist, most interactions on the smartwatch require two hands. Phones, on the other hand, primarily require one hand. If you want to use two-hands for better support you can, but it isn’t necessary to use the device. As voice commands become more sophisticated, the need for two hands will diminish with smartwatches.
What smartwatch capabilities are on your wish list?