Google announced on its Official Blog March 18, 2014 that it is moving to launch Android Wear, a smart wearable project that extends the Android OS from smart phones to consumers wrists via their smart watches. (Click picture to the left to discover the Android Wear experience)
Per Google’s Official Blog The Android Wear Project outlines an emerging generation of wearable smart technology possessing a User Interface (UI) that interacts with the smart watch wearer via a mere glance or spoken word.
Google has taken the pun “Google it” and essentially animated it using its expansive catalogue of Android OS apps, providing smart watch wearers with the ability to literally speak to Google using the spoken command, “Ok Google”. This audio capability adds yet another technical echelon in the development of wearable smart watches and/or devices UI.
Of course Android Wear apps will provide the same functionality that current smart watches (Pebble, Qualcomm, Samsung and Sony) on the market perform: making and receiving calls, sending texts, performing searches and providing information of all kinds. However, Android Wear broadens this functionality by offering the ability to access and control other smart devices with communication features that enable the smart devices to transition seamlessly amongst themselves providing:
- Useful information when you need it most.
- Straight answers to spoken questions.
- The ability to better monitor your health and fitness.
- Your key to a multi-screen world.
Google is already working with Asus, Fossil, HTC and LG to market wearable smart watches powered by Android Wear to be available for retail later this year. Google is also making Android Wear and its resources available to developers granting them the ability to both tailor and create new Android Wear apps.
With a wealth of brilliant developers accessing and creating Android Wear apps, the next phase for its user interface appears to be that of artificial intelligence, inevitably evolving wearable smart technology for future emerging markets. It would also retranslate how information is received and transmitted when interacting with artificial intelligent wearable technology.
Google is certainly changing the interactive face of time and the manner in which we will interact with it. More so interesting is what will evolve as different developers begin experimenting with Android Wear to create apps that meeet the diverse needs of their brand’s smart wearable watches and devices.