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5 Challenges in Wearable Product Design You Can’t Afford to Forget

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ttemple   5/6/2015 1:09:23 PM
I agree with all of your points.  I am a watch wearer, and all of your points apply to my watch selection process, except perhaps heat.  I want to be able to do everything I do with my watch on without worrying about impact, sweat, water, etc.  I do a lot of dirty jobs, so my watches take a beating.

I recently switched from a Citizen watch to a Fitbit Charge HR.  Compared to my Citizen watch, the fitbit is too thick, and has too sharp of edges, and is not as rugged.  I put up with it because the functionality outweighs those issues, but I wish they would make it flatter and smoother, and have an option of a stretch band.  The fitbit has a protrusion on the bottom that has the heartrate monitor in it.  It took a couple of weeks for my arm to get used to that protrusion.  I think if it had a stretch band it would be a better product, at least for me.

Someone gave me a Google watch recently.  I messed with it for 10 minutes and gave it back.  it wasn't even worth the free price that I could have had it for.  Terrible form factor, terrible power management.  I can't imagine putting up with a hockey puck on a strap that has an 18 hour battery life. It doesn't look like the Apple version is much better to me.

I'm thinking about strapping my android phone to my arm.

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