Origin And Invention Of Smartwatches

 Watches all over the globe have a very captivating and interesting history. Their evolution can be spotted back to the 15th century in Europe, where portable spring-driven clocks were developed.

These watches were designed to wear around the neck or attached with clothing outfits. With passage of time, the technology in the segment improved, which further led to the invention of the pocket watch. The next development to be seen was pocket watches, which were introduced in late 16th century. These devices were very costly, and were majorly used by the rich people or upper class people. These watches were worn on a chain and were an easy and handy way to keep time. Despite their widespread use, pocket watches were still considered expensive and were frequently given as gifts for significant events or milestones. Patek Philippe, a Swiss watchmaker, created the first wristwatch in 1868, which was mostly offered to ladies. The watch was made to be worn on the wrist, which was a new and inventive thought at the time. Before this, watches were majorly pocket watches and were worn by males. Wristwatches became famous during World War I among soldiers who found these pocket watches to be pleasant during their stay in the field. This led to a major increase in demand for wristwatches, and many companies began to manufacture them. Post war, the wristwatch became fashionable for both men and women, and by the mid-20th century, wristwatches had out-scaled pocket watches as the more convenient form of portable timekeeping. Since then they have become an essential part of today’s society, used for both keeping time and fashion. 

The smartwatch concept was introduced to the market around 1980s when different organizations started developing prototypes. However, it took a long time to launch the actual device in the market. The development process was gradual and slow. But to the delay, the first smartwatch was finally delivered to market in 2013 and was a new innovative product for the people.

And with the passage of time, development and innovation in the watch industry rose to a great extent. The transformation from traditional watches to today’s next gen watches has been great. Today smartwatches are smart in true sense, these watches provide a lot of features like fitness monitoring, calling, notifications, apps, messages etc. These watches now have sensors which track heart rate, blood pressure, total steps count, calories etc. These watches now also offer compatibility with Siri, Alexa or Google Assistant for real time voice commands and offer connectivity over Bluetooth technology which was once neglected over a period of time. These watches contain high resolution displays with physical buttons and offer hundreds of watch faces.

 Today smartwatches offer a great medium for users to stay connected with the outside world and it provides more convenience and comfort to users as compared to traditional watches. While you are riding a bike or in a meeting or away from your mobile, you can make or reject calls, read notifications, use apps from just your wrist without taking any effort to reach out to your mobile phone. The future of smartwatches is going to be wide and could prove to be the ultimate game changer in the wearable tech industry. As a user, if you wish to stay organized and connected seamlessly or want a watch that tells more than just time,  smartwatches are the ultimate wearable for you.


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