Tech sites and companies are exalting the genius of wearable technology as the exciting new horizon for mobile devices. Things like Smartwatches, Google Glass, and fitness trackers are at the forefront of this brave new world of all things connected. Yet with all of the created hype surrounding these products, the reality is that no one really cares.

How can I make such a statement? Easily. Just ask yourself: What is at the heart of all wearable tech? If you don’t know, then you’ve answered the questioned. Wearable tech is superfluous. I’m certain there are people who will argue that the answer is “communication”. That wearable tech means convenience, a connection to devices within the “Internet of Things”, the inevitable future; but even if this is so, is any of it necessary? No it isn’t, and anyone who says differently is desperately trying to sell you something you just don’t need.

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Let’s take a closer look at Smartwatches. The function of a watch is to tell time. Its main function hasn’t changed throughout the centuries. Watches remain masterpieces of technological beauty and perfect design, and they continue to appreciate in value.

What is the function of a Smartwatch? The designers will tell you it is to relay information from yet another connected device within arm’s reach. There’s a thin line between convenience and laziness. Smartwatches are the type of “inventive” convenience that is not comparable to the escalator but more to that of the Snuggie. Remember that stroke of marketing genius? A blanket with sleeves which worked no different than wearing your robe backwards? That’s the kind of lazy we’re talking about.

The reality is, Smartwatches are just another unnecessary, overpriced piece of electronic in a long-long line of attempts by an industry desperately trying to find the next big thing to profit on.

The reality is, Smartwatches are just another unnecessary, overpriced piece of electronic in a long-long line of attempts by an industry desperately trying to find the next big thing to profit on (Anyone remember when 3D televisions were big?). Unfortunately, Smartwatches add no real value or convenience to our daily lives. We can’t make or answer phones calls on them. We can’t email or text anyone with them. We can’t even connect to the Internet, let alone view maps, on them. Smartwatches need to be constantly charged and connected to a smartphone in order to remain functional.

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I will not mention the possible security and battery drainage issues that may arise (such as intercepting information transmitted between Smartwatches and Smarphones and increased battery consumption from constant connection via BlueTooth).

My question is, “If the smartphone I carry everyday does all the tasks I need and more, then what purpose does a Smartwatch serve?” None.

Former BlackBerry CEO Thorstein Heins was right all along. The future of mobility will be about people using only one device that connects to the world around them.

Former BlackBerry CEO Thorstein Heins was right all along. The future of mobility will be about people using only one device that connects to the world around them. One device and it shall not be a tablet, a watch and certainly not a pair of glasses. People can’t be bothered with carrying multiple devices anymore. Too much time, money, and energy are going into buying and maintaining devices that don’t provide true productivity, security, efficiency, and real-time communication. BlackBerry understands that in the real world, people will always reach for their one go-to device, their smartphone, because it is their central communication device for everything. You’re never going to talk on a tablet, take pictures with your glasses, or send emails with your watch. It’s a ridiculous concept, especially when we already do all these things with one device, our phones, effortlessly.

The future BlackBerry is creating is true mobile computing and like their early years, you’re not going to see them following in the footsteps of anyone else because they are the ones who are going to be pioneering this mobile future.

The future BlackBerry is creating is true mobile computing and like their early years, you’re not going to see them following in the footsteps of anyone else because they are the ones who are going to be pioneering this mobile future. The next big thing is not going to be any kind of wearable tech, it’s going to be the next generation of smartphones. They may be called Ultraphones, maybe not, but whatever the name, these MCD (Mobile Computing Devices) will have the specs, software, and battery technology that will rival laptops.

This is why Phablets are carving out a big niche in the market today and why BlackBerry will be developing one soon because you will get a fusion of both the tablet and smartphone while maintaining mobile computing on a single handheld device.

It also appears as if BlackBerry’s Project Ion will come into play here. If you don’t know what Project Ion is you haven’t read my editorial on “The Genius of Project Ion.” Pairing BlackBerry’s vision of mobile computing with the QNX Cloud lays out a groundbreaking evolution for the future of mobile tech. BlackBerry will be providing an end-to-end mobile solution with an unmatched security unlike anything any company can provide. The next generation of BlackBerry devices will command more value and attention than ever before because of the “future-proof” technology they will boast and how well integrated they will be with the QNX ecosystem.

Wearable tech is not the future but for now we have to endure the superficial craze of it until the novelty dies out.

As BlackBerry moves forward under the vision of CEO John Chen, what the company is evolving into is becoming clearer and will eventually be realized by everyone in the industry. I can only imagine all those TAT and QNX videos we’ve seen demoed in the past will now have the mature platform they require to manifest themselves into reality. All the possibilities that await BlackBerry are exciting for them and us because when it arrives, it will be the next big thing. Wearable tech is not the future but for now we have to endure the superficial craze of it until the novelty dies out.

There’s no doubt that people will sing the praises of wearable tech but if it appears to be just another ploy of gimmicks to convince you that you need more than what you already have, then you are not alone. BlackBerry stands with you.

 

Edited by Sharon Mamolo