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What's the future of smartwatches?

Smartwatches are becoming ever more popular in the world of wearable gadgets. In our fast-paced age when we’re more connected with our gadgets than ever, watches are no longer simply a way to tell the time. With smartwatches, we can now check our emails, send messages, make calls, connect with social media, take photos and sync seamlessly with our smartphones.

Agent Button takes a look at what the future could have in store for smartwatches.

the rise of the smartwatch

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Devices like the Pebble have set the template for future smartwatches.

Smartwatch technology has been around for quite some time now but has only recently had a push from the big manufacturers. Recent releases such as the Sony Smartwatch, the Samsung Galaxy Gear, and the Pebble Watch have proved popular and impressive, blazing a trail for smart wearables.

'phoneless' functionality

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Singer Will.i.am is apparently launching his own smartwatch with 'phoneless' functionality.

Even celebrities are getting in on the action. Singer Will.i.am announced during an interview that he will be releasing his own smartwatch in July which, unlike other smartwatches that require a connected smartphone to work, will include a dialing function. This means you’ll be able to make calls without having your phone with you. If successful, we could soon see this smart-dialling function as standard on smartwatches.

fitness tracking

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The Sony Smartband features fitness-tracking technology.

Health and fitness wearables have become another big trend in recent times, and is increasingly making its way onto wristwear.

Soon-to-be-released devices such as the Sony Smartband, which will work with the lifestyle-monitoring Lifelog app, and the Razer Nabu, will be able to track all your daily movements and lifestyle habits and report back to you, giving you a slick-functioning and holistic overview of your day-to-day health.

Just like newer smartphones, such as the Galaxy S5, could our smartwatches soon be able to monitor our heart rate, or even do things such as take our blood pressure, measure our lung capacity or even give us regular health checks?

waterproof tech

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The Sony SmartWatch is water-resistant, but could we soon see more waterproof models?

Water resistance is another feature that is becoming standard on smartwatches, such as the Sony SmartWatch, which can survive the rain and a few light splashes. Being able to wear a smartwatch 24/7, without having to worry about it getting wet in the bath, in the rain or swimming whilst on holiday, would obviously have big advantages.

Sony has been something of a pioneer of waterproof technology – first with its Xperia smartphones and now with the Sony Smartband. Time will tell if brands will follow suit to create truly waterproof watches that can go hand in hand with your snorkel!

Wireless payments

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Could you soon be able to buy a pint of milk with a swipe of your wrist?
Image by gizmodo.co.uk

Paying for things wirelessly with your smartwatch is something I’m personally very excited about. The simplicity of simply touching your watch onto a device to buy things in shops and when out and about is certainly impressive and could help to streamline our already busy lives. Just think how simple it would be to pay for your morning coffee or train ticket with a simple swipe of your smartwatch!

Wireless payments can be done through Near Field Communications (NFC) technology, which is already a standard feature of most smartphones. Again, we’ll have to wait and see what the future holds, but this could definitely be an exciting development.

What features are you looking forward to in smartwatches of the future? You can let us know by leaving a comment below.

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