I’m making full use of the Watch, including all the much-touted stuff like fitness tracking, sending sketches and taps to other wearers, and controlling the music in my office from my wrist. But the revelation for me has been how this little gadget - so very clearly a 1.0 product - has changed my relationship with my other devices.
In the same way that the iPhone was the first phone to really start eating away at what we used computers for, the Watch is the first wearable that’s lessened the amount of time I spend with my phone. For much of my day, the iPhone has become a sort of server, sitting quietly in a pocket, facilitating my interactions with its little brother.
I think this is going to be one of the most profound ways that Apple Watch will impact our use of technology in general — freeing us from our other devices, filtering out just the important stuff.
Again, Apple Watch's success, for many, will be judged on how little they use it. Matt agrees:
The Watch is the first device that’s encouraged me to spend as little time as possible with it, or with any of the other electronic sinkholes around my office, my home, and in my pockets. It’s the first product that lives in this world, offering a small, brief window into the digital one - instead of being a portal that envelopes us, pulling us into another place to be held hostage by our own need for novelty and trivial diversion. [...]
I think that’s what wearable computing might really be about. Not the ubiquity, for its own sake, but the rediscovery of the human scale. Devices that enhance our lives not just by letting us access the digital world, but also by keeping it at arm’s length.
The Watch’s greatest strength is that it lets you put your phone in your pocket – and then does just enough to encourage you to leave it there.