Wearable Technology – the future?

Technology plays a huge role in our lives, whether it be a car or a smartphone. Recently wearable technology, such as a smart watch or fit bit, has come into its infant stage. In “Where Wearable Technology Ends Up”, Nick Bilton describes his experience with wearable technology and how it has held up throughout his time with it. Bilton says that all the wearable tech that he had bought throughout the years has just been left in his junk drawer after only just a few uses. What Bilton is trying to say is that wearable technology, such as a smart watch by Apple, Samsung, etc, has come at the wrong time. We are not ready for wearable tech yet because the point can be made that whatever a smart watch can do, a smartphone can do that plus more. Bilton lists some wearable tech to prove his point. He mentions the google glasses that was launched a couple years back and says how that has flopped. According to this article, the main reason as to why the google glasses failed is because of its cost and the software bugs. He also briefly mentions the Fit bit, a watch-like device that tracks your health such as your heart rate and counting calories, and how it has gain $10 billion in the early 2015 and has now gone to $3.7 billion. The fit bit failed because it had too many problems with it, such as the battery not charging to not being able to sync to your mobile device.

The data and personal experience shown in this article leads me to believe that it is true that we are not ready for wearable technology yet. I mean, yes it’s pretty neat that we have gotten so far with technology that we now have a mini phone on our wrists, but most people don’t realize that it’s just a gimmick. Like I had mentioned in the pervious paragraph, wearable technology is just in its infant stage, it’s almost like a prototype for the consumers. It is important because consumers need to understand that smart watches are just a gimmick now, it serves almost no purpose of owning one besides looking cool. Consumers need to take a step back and look at the whole picture before buying these new wearable techs that will probably just end up in their drawer like Bilton said. Every year better versions of the previous technology comes out, like smart phones, and if it were this were the same for smart watches then people would try to get their hands on the latest and newest thing. But if we can just look past wearable technology for now, we would not be so inclined to buy the newest thing to replace the old one because we were not even in the “tech trend” in the first place. For example, when I was younger I wanted the newest gaming devices, whether it be a Gameboy to a 3DS, I wanted it all. But as I grew, I realized that I can’t be always chasing for the current new technology because every year an improved version comes out.

 

Topic Proposal

I am interested in technology because the topic itself is so vast, and I can take it into many different directions. Personally I am not a huge tech-savvy person, but I do enjoy exploring technology as a whole and seeing the different impacts it has on the world. Technology is already a huge part in everyone’s daily life and it affects them in a way which they take for granted. What I wanted to know is how did technology slowly seep into our daily lives and become a part of us. Is technology going to continue and affect our lives in the future? Is it going to permanently be a part of us and we would not be able to live without it? Is it possible to escape from technology? If so, how? These are the questions I would like to answer throughout my semester blog post.

Technology is a broad topic so I narrowed it down to how and why technology is continually affecting our lives and what we can do to stop being assimilated into this technological world.  First I intend to give a brief history of technology; such as when the first major technological advancement we have made and continue on from there. To make this much easier on myself, I will mainly be discussing about the common technology we use everyday, such as smartphones, laptops, cars, etc. At the end of this blog post, I hope I can inform the reader about how technology is affecting our lives and convince them to limit their use of technology that is almost affecting every aspect of their life. It might help if I have done a good bit of research beforehand because then I would know if the topic I’m choosing will have enough content for me to write about throughout the whole semester. This might change when I am blogging throughout the semester, but I plan to stick close to what I have plan now.

These past few years, there have been many articles outlining the growth of technology and how it is continually affecting our lives. In human kinetics, they do a good job in explain the positive and negative effects of technology on everyday life. There also have been countless articles about how smartphones are impacting our lives. Many people are writing about technology, mainly the ones we use daily, because it is extremely relevant to our lives. Everywhere you look, there is some kind of technology.

There are many different types of issues you can dive into when talking about technology. But in this case the main one would be how technology is affecting our lives in a negative way and what we can to do prevent this from happening. I am aware that it is nearly impossible to cut technology out of our lives completely because we are in the 21st century and technology is such a huge thing and is everywhere, but by the end of this blog I plan to come up with a solution to using less technology in our daily lives. Others might say that technology is a great thing, and I do not disagree. Technological advancements in the medical field, space, and many other things are great. But for this topic, I am mainly focusing on technology we use in our daily lives, such as TVs, smartphones, cars, laptops, etc. While there are positives in using these technology, I am bringing the negative impacts it has on our daily life without us knowing. Some aspects to consider when talking about technology affecting our lives is how it is impacting our social life and overall mood. These are the mini topics I plan on integrating in my blog tops throughout the semester.

I feel like everyone who uses any type of technology daily should care. Although it would not hurt those who live in rural areas with limited technology to know about this either because now they are able to decide for themselves whether they want to plunge into a city in the future and be surrounded by technology. Anyone who uses technology in their lives almost everyday should care because they should know how it is impacting their lives for better or for worse. Even if you do not use technology it is nice to know just incase in the future you plan to make technology a part of your life, and since you have already read about my blog, you would know you should limit yourself.