A smartwatch is a touch-screen enabled wristwatch that can be connected to a phone through Bluetooth or WiFi. There are also models that do not require a phone connection to function. Like typical wristwatches, smartwatches tell the time. However, a smartwatch does more than just tell the time; it offers more functions that are akin to a smartphone. The following are eight benefits of using a smartwatch.
Fitness and Health
Smartwatches are valuable tools for tracking fitness. Smart watches are equipped with lifestyle-enhancing features like pedometers that count the number of steps a user takes throughout the day. They also have a heart rate monitor for monitoring the heartbeat rate during exercises. Smartwatches provide other fitness and health tools, including sleep monitors for monitoring the quality and quantity of sleep a user gets, ECG monitors, and blood pressure monitors.
Finding Phone and Key
Heading out for an urgent meeting or running late for a flight and you suddenly can’t find your keys or phone - we've all experienced this before. With the "Find Your Phone" feature on smartwatches, you can quickly locate your phone within seconds. The phone will start ringing at full volume once you initiate the smartwatch’s find my phone process.
To use your smartwatch to find a key, all you need is to attach a specialized key finder to your key, install the key finder’s app on your smartwatch and click on it anytime you need to locate your key.
You can play music with a smartwatch with or without a phone. Smartwatch users can play music with a smartwatch by connecting it to a phone and selecting music from the phone’s music catalog. New smartwatch models now have a feature that allows users to play music on the smartwatch directly without connecting to a phone. With a cellular or WiFi connection, users can now download and play music on the smartwatch without needing a phone.
Holding up your phone to check directions when navigating can be a tad cumbersome. Navigating with a phone while cycling or driving divides the driver’s attention, and it's often illegal in many places. Smartwatches eliminate the danger of divided attention; they deliver the direction you are looking for right on your wrist. Apple Watch, for example, gives direction through different vibrations that indicate whether to turn right or left.
Make and Receive Calls
With your smartwatch connected to a phone, you can use the smartwatch to make and receive calls on your smartphone. Users can also make calls without the smartwatch being connected to a phone. Some models of smartwatches have a sim card port that allows users to make and receive calls with their smartwatches only.
Smartwatches offer users the ease of accessing their phone notifications from their wrists. Social media notifications, app notifications, and message notifications can be accessed from smartwatches once connected to a smartphone. This means users can stay up to date with a turn of the wrist.
Fall Detection and Emergency Call
Smartwatches now have a feature that detects falls through a drop sensor. When the drop sensor detects a fall, it immediately sounds an alarm to the user. If the user fails to respond to the alarm within a short time, the smartwatch automatically makes an emergency call for help. This feature can be particularly useful for older people that are often more susceptible to falls.
Apart from doing the smart things mentioned so far, smartwatches are fashionable pieces that can enhance the wearer’s appearance, adding a touch of class and sophistication. They're often a great complement to more traditional accessories or jewelry. Most smartwatches also afford users the freedom of changing the bands to fit their outfits.
Ultimately, smartwatches are like smartphone extensions that are easily accessible. The fact that they are permanently strapped to the wrist makes them an easy way to stay connected on the go and access different apps.