AR Headsets or Smart Watches? Wearables and Which Ones Will Rule the Future.

Over the past few years, the world’s biggest tech firms have scrambled to become players in the wearable tech scene. First, Android phone manufactures including the likes of Samsung and Huawei fought to beat Apple to market with their own smart watches, which hit the market and gradually faded to obscurity as the looming release of the very thing they fought to beat, the Apple Watch, drew closer and closer. Today, Apple is the undisputed king of the wearables sector, with their Apple Watch and AirPods growing in popularity more and more everyday as they eat up more and more of their respective market shares. But now, as more firms jump on the wearables train, the loosely defined industry has slowly begun to shift it’s focus-no pun intended- to a new form of wearable technology- not one that sits on your wrist, but rather on your face. For decades, AR headsets have been relegated to props in sci-if movies, but recently, the futuristic and theoretical technology behind them has inched closer and closer to becoming a reality. But as this technology becomes more and feasible and begins to be used in commercial products, what will happen to the smart watch? My theory is that the smart watch will function similarly as it does today, as a companion, rather than a stand alone device. However, what will be different for the smart watch as other wearable technologies come to market and rise to popularity, is that the smart watch of this fully wearable future will function more as a part of a greater wearable system than as a companion to more fully fledged to device. AR glasses won’t be able to replace the smartphone alone, but in tandem with smart watches, wireless earbuds, and more, it will lead us into a wearable future.

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