Wearables are inching toward a purpose in 2016

Before CES 2016 began, I was expecting wearable technology to occupy less space on the floor than in 2015. I’d reasoned that the industry’s failure to make the…

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What all of these devices show is that maybe crafting a smartwatch that does as many things as a smartphone is the wrong goal. The most interesting devices that I saw at this show were all designed to do a single thing, and do it well. Maybe the idea of a general-purpose device that acts as an analog or companion to your phone is simply not the way to appeal to the masses. There were plenty of smartwatches on the floor, but none of them do anything new that we haven’t already seen.  Wearables are still a niche proposition but this year has made me think that it’s not actually a bad thing. As companies and startups move away from just making a second, smaller screen for your phone, the less inessential they become. We’re still a long way away from everyone in the world owning or desiring one of these things, but maybe it’s time to admit that a Swiss Army Knife isn’t the way forward. 

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