The great Greek philosopher Plato described “emotion” and “reason” as two winged horses pulling us in opposite directions. The horse “emotion,” in my case, wears a beautiful Apple Watch on every leg. “Reason,” however, refuses to do so and instead keeps asking the same question over and over: “What is the Apple Watch actually for?”
What is the Apple Watch actually for?
It’s relatively easy to negate some of the concerns regarding the Apple Watch:
“The battery will only last for a day!”
No problem; I’m used to charging my phone every night anyway.
“Some of the applications on the Apple Watch load really slow!”
The new watchOS2 is just around the corner and will introduce native apps that will load more quickly.
“But what is the Apple Watch actually for?”
Hmm…there is no “killer app” for the Apple Watch (yet) that will help me answer that question. Without a good answer it will be really hard to convince my wife that I really need to spend a lot of our money on the Apple Watch 🙂 But (as you may wonder), if I can’t answer that question, do I really need one?
YES! I need one because I want one. I want one because I believe the Apple Watch is the first wearable device that has the potential to revolutionize the way we interact with technology. It’s hard to describe how I feel about the Apple Watch but I think the members of MITS Altairs 8800 Homebrew Computer Club will understand where I am coming from.
The Altair 8800 Homebrew Computer Club
In January 1975 the Altair 8800 was introduced. It was the first personal computer kit–you had to build it yourself, and it did not have a monitor or keyboard. It had some LEDs that served as outputs, and you had to flip switches to input something. A similar question was raised at that time: “but what do you do with it?” Owners of the device formed clubs to talk about their new toy and find a use for it. One of the first clubs was the Homebrew Computer Club, and it was one of the members of that club who succeeding in “finding a use for something previously thought useless.”
Steve Dompier put a little transistor radio next to the Altair, and by manipulating the length of loops in the software, he could play tunes on the radio (reminds me of Andy’s TEDx talk: Making a Difference with Music and Software)! It was probably the first thing the Altair did.
The members of the Homebrew Computer Club were not the only ones intrigued by the Altair 8800. Two guys from Boston succeeded in developing a basic interpreter for the device even though experts said it could not be done. You may have heard of them–their names were Paul Allen and Bill Gates, and their basic interpreter for the Altair is the reason they started a company called Microsoft.
So as you can see, it would be silly not to buy the Apple Watch! The Altair 8800 example is the best reason to do so–it’s time to join the visionaries and embrace the future!
Hmm, but the current Apple Watch has been out for almost a year now…should I buy one now or should I wait for the hardware refresh (Apple Watch S)?
What should I tell my wife?
Did I miss the Apple Watch’s killer app?
Let me know in the comments below!