Once upon a time, wearing a watch on my wrist was a part of my daily routine. It was a habit that was formed when I received my first Seiko time piece for my 8th birthday. I loved owning watches because they served a real purpose of informing me the current time and they are also served as fashion statements. Remember Swatch watches? Um, yah… I still have a few of those laying around somewhere, plus a handful of wrist watches that I’ve collected over the years.
In 2008, I got my first iPhone. Within the first month of owning this new gadget, I stopped wearing wrist watches altogether. The iPhone did a lot more than tell time. It was aesthetically pleasing, and it became my new fashion statement piece. I no longer had a use for watches.
Fast forward to 2015, I kept contemplating on whether I should get an Apple Watch or not. I’m all about efficiency and traveling light, so the lesser the amount of items that I have to keep track of, the better. At the same time, I was evaluating health trackers, e.g., FitBit, and found out that the Apple Watch has a heart monitor and does track some health and exercise related data. ALL RIGHT, FINE. I’ll use this excuse to get an Apple Watch! After all, I design product user experience for a living and it’s a good practice to study new design trends and learn from them.
I received my Apple Watch just a few days before speaking at the UX Strategies Summit in San Francisco in June. This was an unexpected but welcomed early arrival by about one week, thanks Apple! I thought how slick it would be to be on stage and use my Apple Watch to advance my slides as the Keynote app on the watch enables you to do that! But because it was missing a laser pointer, I ended up using a Logitech Wireless Presenter (has laser) instead (which does work on a Mac, FYI). So, Dear Apple, please add “laser” to the feature request list, which will probably increase Keynote app usage (at least +1 here). It’s also really fun to pretend, errr… I mean, to present like Buzz Lightyear!