Rob Price’s March 14, 2016 Business Insider article, “Google’s smartwatch king has a 50-year vision for the future of Android Wear,” is crafted from his interview with David Singleton, Google’s director of Android Wear. Singleton’s ambitious vision is that, “”The smartwatch will feed you information before you ask for it, act as your ‘agent’ in the internet-connected world around you, and keep you healthy-even talking to your doctor before you ever realize you’re sick.” According to Singleton, “In two or three years time, not everyone is going to be living like this, but in 50 years-definitely.”
The article describes the birth of Google’s smartwatch project, its present status and its future. It lays out three key “pillars” to Android Wear’s functionality: Interacting with the world, providing new “powers,” and health applications. Singleton admits that much of this vision is presently aspirational.
To illustrate “interacting with the world,” he empties his pockets-credit cards, cash, identification, keys-to show that all of this could theoretically be replaced by a smartwatch. “We think that wearables can really act as you for the technology around you…we think that the one thing long-term that will actually be your representative will be your watch.”
There you have it. Three views of the smartwatch from three different, knowledgeable sources with one common theme: the future of the smartwatch is an untethered device that seamlessly connects people with the internet of things. It will effectively replace all of the essentials that we presently carry, such as credit cards, cash, keys and identification. It will manually and automatically operate with other smart devices in the home, automobile, retail environment, fitness center, doctor’s office, etc. And all of this will improve our everyday experiences and quality of life.
While this may seem like a fantasy today, just recall how unrealistic a personal computer seemed in 1980, the internet in 1990 and a smartphone in 2000. Now, of course, we can’t get enough of the internet, with a vast proportion of households installing fiber, like from EATEL (https://eatel.com/residential/internet), to make use of its superior speeds. On the other hand, it’s very difficult to imagine this evolution in smartwatch function happening without a significant improvement in lithium-ion battery performance.