Growing Weary of Wearables

When the Moto 360 was first announced in March 2014, I was almost immediately smitten. After all, it was the first Smart Watch of it’s kind at the time – all of the other offerings
were essentially square or rectangle, and seemed to lack the classy band offerings that Motorola had. I was, like many others, completely sold on the idea of wearable tech, even though Google Glass had proven to be an elitist-type disappointment.

I have loved my 360 for some time now. I’ve loved having my phone on vibrate, and receiving notifications that I could check on my wrist. I’ve loved having my Google Fit data pop up on my watch as well. From calendar reminders, to email, to text messages – it’s been awesome to look at my watch as opposed to my phone all of the time for notifications.

But it would be dishonest of me not to admit that over time, the wow factor has worn off.  When it’s all said and done, the fact of the matter is Smart Watches are nothing more than somewhat expensive fashion accessories. In years past, I had loved wearing nice watches. But over time, my desire to wear a watch had faded. Especially once Smart Phones became my all-in-one devices. Basically, I no longer had a relevant reason to wear a watch, so my Moto 360 was really more of a “gadget want” – not a need by any stretch of the imagination.

The final blow came with the release of Android Wear 2.0 in early February. The problem being that my 1st gen Moto 360 is not a supported device for the upgrade, and I truly have no desire to purchase another Smart Watch. Not to mention, I have been in a season of shedding unnecessary tech: I have sold my Pixel C tablet and replaced it with a Samsung Chromebook Plus, as the appeal of tablets has also faded for me.

And so, as my Moto 360 finally lost it last bit of battery – requiring a charge – I decided to store it and its charging cradle away. Maybe I’ll try to sell it. Maybe I’ll hang on to it to wear it from time to time on nights out. But for the most part, my love affair with wearable tech has reached its dawn. The exception being my occasional use of my VR Viewer.

Fare the well, Moto. It was fun while it lasted…

As for you – are you a fan of Smart Watches? Do you plan to continue with Android or Apple offerings?

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