“Apple Watch is the most personal device Apple has ever created.” – Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc.
The Apple Watch will cost around $349 and will be released sometime next year. For most features, an iPhone 6 will be required in order for the Apple Watch to work fully.
As a result of this Taptic Engine, the Apple Watch – albeit, a wearable computer – is starting to flirt with bio-computing. It provides a whole new set of ways to communicate with other people, such as alerting them with a digital tap. What makes it even more impressive is its connection with your biological systems – in particular, your heart. Because of its haptic sensors you’ll now be able to send your own heartbeat to friends, family, and loved ones. Talk about handing over your heart to someone!
There are many features in the Apple Watch which could be covered, but the overall specs aren’t what fascinate me. I couldn’t care less what its physical appearance is in comparison to other phones. My main focus is in how the device will transform the individual and society in general. In other words, how will its newest abilities affect its wearer?
With the heart rate monitor, including its fitness trackers and personalized messaging, it’s clear that many future applications are just a keystroke away. Thus far you’re able to send your heartbeat to your loved ones – to physically have someone miles away from you to feel your heart beating on their wrist! It’s already changed the way we’ll physically and emotionally bond with one another. Imagine a couple wearing these during their most intimate moments, not just feeling each others’ physical touch, but an almost symbiotic connection as well.
Soon it won’t just be your heart in which your wearable is monitoring, but every other organ in your body as well – your very own Tricorder! In fact, by that time, you won’t even be relying on wearables, but will plunge yourself into the world of bio-computing. Cybernetic medical chips will be implanted in your body; digital tattoos will monitor your blood levels; nanobots will be swimming in your bloodstream, maintaining absolute health efficiency. So the Apple Watch’s heart rate monitor isn’t just some cool new software, but is a sneak peek into a much larger, much more digital future!
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