Speculation is that Apple is creating an iWatch. Like the speculation leading up to the introduction of the iPad, a lot of critics in the media are asking the question, “What what I do with an iWatch?” My answer is this: at first, people couldn’t imagine what would they would do with an iPad, now they can’t imagine what they would do without it.
On the television show Star Trek the Next Generation Cmdr. Riker would press the communicator on his lapel and talk with fellow crewmembers or the starship itself. He had a Wearable Assistive Device, a WAD or a WADch. It allowed him to extend his personal presence and execute commands through a simple wearable device.
I’m not so much interested in an iWatch as I am in a Wearable Assistive Device or WADch. I want to be able to talk to this device. I want to be able to ask: what time is it? what’s the weather for today? how do I get to the nearest coffee shop? is my bus on time? These basic questions are just within reach of Apple’s Siri. All I need is a tool that I can wear and with the press of a button start asking my questions, so that I can forget about the tool and focus on the information I want.
I tried experimenting with this idea using my iPhone. I put my iPhone in my shirt pocket and pressed the button so that Siri would respond. Siri worked about 30% of the time telling me what time it was or what the weather was like. The problem is my iPhone is too heavy and too bulky. A good Wearable Assistive Device or WADch would be light enough to ignore.
If you think it sounds outlandish to dictate to a device to accomplish, then you don’t know how I wrote this article. I wrote this article through dictating it to Siri. Siri is close but not close enough. Siri could be even closer if I could wear her on my lapel.