And more sophisticated consumers and business owners may be quite accustomed to using bluetooth to stream music out of their iPhone or Android, and in to strategically placed speakers in their home or office.
But have you checked-out the latest versions of the “smartwatch?” And are you wearing one around your wrist right now?
“This is a technology that wouldn’t be possible without blue tooth” notes Gregg Stebben, Technology Editor at Men’s Health Magazine. “Samsung has been making smarwatches. There’s a company called ‘Pebble’ that makes smartwatches. Sony has them too. Essentially what a smatchwatch does is give you many of the functions – not all of them but many of the functions of your smartphone, but it’s on your wrist.”
Stebben appeared on “Austin Hill’s Big World of Small Business” to discuss new tech developments that can be helpful for small business owners. I noted to him that for the owner who is already working 50 to 60 hours a week or more, new technology often means a new task to master or another hurdle to get over – and then I asked “how difficult is it to embrace the smartwach and understand how it integrates with our mobile telephones, tablets, and other technology?”
“I actually think the beauty of this is that the smarthwatch makes your life easier, and not more complicated” Stebben said. Noting that he wore the Samsung smarthwatch “for a few weeks,” he said “frankly, the hardest part of usage was getting it on my wrist, and that’s just because I’m a little clumsy at times. It wasn’t a technological issue, it was a coordination issue with me” he said laughing.
Explaining the ease and convenience of using the smarthwatch, Stebben described the commonplace event of receiving a telephone call. “We’ve all fumbled through our pockets or purse when we hear the phone ring or vibrate, but think of how easy it woud be to just tip your watch up and see who’s calling. If you get a good smartwatch that is a good fit for you and is well integrated with your existing telephone, the face of the smartwatch should be a natural extension of the screen of your phone.”
Stebben also advised being on the lookout for another bit of mobile technology: the small, bluetooth enabled keyboard that is about the same size as a mobile telephone itself. “You can hook it up to your tablet, your phone or your computer, but it’s often more convenient that a fullsize keyboard.”
He noted that there are lots of brands of mini keyboards, they are rapidly gaining in popularity, and they are readily available at most electronics retailers.
Listen to the full discussion – click HERE