What to Watch For

The intro to my latest post on Medium:

It’s easy to trivialize wearables by saying things like “their only benefit is saving your hand a trip to your pocket,” but there are vast implications of saving that trip our hand makes dozens of times per day. Not only can it make our existing uses for smartphones more efficient, it could make everything we do more efficient.

In truth, there’s no such thing as saving time — only optimizing how it’s spent. The Apple Watch appears to be the first wearable device that holistically attempts to reallocate our time: from screens that absorb our attention to devices that distribute it. This is a story — a theory — about how the Apple Watch is designed to refocus our attention on the world around us by augmenting our physical-world experiences.

Look forward to re-examining this theory in 5 years.

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