Awear smartwatches are helping people achieve more with less effort. And that, after all, is what everyone wants out of a new gadget. Even if you’ve not jumped on the smartwatch bandwagon yourself, you’re probably aware of the main functions like delivering alerts straight to the wearers wrist.
What you might not have heard about is the proliferation of smartwatch-specific apps that are being developed at a rate of knots by the global tech community. You can order food, call a cab and keep an eye on your fitness levels, all straight from your watch. If that feels pretty futuristic, consider this: we’re only at the beginning. The wearable tech boom is in its infancy. Think about that as you check out some of these pioneering apps and you can only wonder at what we might achieve in a decade or two.
The rain is bucketing down and you’re stuck outside a restaurant that’s closed for the evening. All your friends have gone home and you don’t even want to get your phone wet to call a car. Simply tap your watch face, swipe up and hit ‘Start’; next, hit the Lyft app and wait for that familiar fuzzy pink mustache to pick you up. All updates on your driver’s progress are delivered directly to the smartwatch. It hasn’t been quite the runaway success of Uber, but Lyft is available in 64 U.S. cities and isn’t going anywhere. If you own a smartwatch, this app comes highly recommended.
Taking much of the stress out of learning a new language, Duolingo uses flashcards to keep you constantly supplied with unfamiliar words whilst balancing that against positive reinforcement for the words you do know. Images and audio work together to help people learn (to date) one of the following languages: Italian, German, French, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch. Ideal for honing your skills on the move or in a crowded public place where holding a phone isn’t always practical, this is one of our very favorite smartwatch apps.
The Coffee App
A simple title for a simple messaging app, it orders your contacts according to who you communicate with most frequently. When you want to send a message, tap on a picture of that person and the app will list some of the most common messages you send to that individual. If you’ve had a history of showing up late for meetings, it may say ‘I’m running late’ (or else it’ll list whatever excuses you’ve concocted in the past for said lateness - also very useful!). You can resend or adjust one of those messages, and it’ll even prompt you to choose how late you will be.
Best of all, the app works on a wide variety of devices, including smartwatches by Samsung, Asus and Motorola. With a few swipes, you can quickly send generic messages that won’t keep you tied up, hunched over a phone for minutes at a time. Simply glance at your wrist and swipe a few times until you’ve got what you need; by using intelligent message hierarchy technology, the app predicts what kinds of message you want to send with an accuracy that can be alarming.