"The very best wearable apps respond to the users' context with glanceable cards on the screen and allow users to take direct action in just a few seconds."
Pinterest notifications! Gosh, sign me up.
We're seeing both round and square displays, not that there was any doubt we'd be seeing both.
Watches will be your phone's connection to your body. That's nothing new. Will it work is the big question. Things like Google Now's "where's my car" feature have been poxy at best.
Heart rate will be monitored by some watches, and pedometer.
"Sir I don't care what kind of watch that is or who you can call on that, I need to see your ticket."
Oh, yes, boarding pass on your wrist. I can't wait to see the confusion at the checkpoints.
Will people like me *want* watches?
"Set an alarm for 7am." Still my favorite voice command in Android. Will be nice to have on your wrist. But, can you automatically set do not disturb mode?
My question is, after nearly 20 years of not wearing a watch, I'm not sure I'm ready to go back.
The command "Play some music" turns on music with album art displayed in the background and features controls on the small screen.
Music controls on the watch activate the music app on the phone.
Do Not Disturb, accessed by swiping down, can silence notifications.
Nice, setting do not disturb is as easy as swiping down on the display. Simple.
But the Limburger cheese voice recognition works.
As is trying to get the peanut butter out of the bottom of a jar.
Ah, live demos with tech flubs.
Oops, demo fail. Voice recognition in giant halls always a bit of a gamble.
First demo doesn't stick for the double-sided peanut jar.
@MarkWilson: I mean, they were showing off analog wallpaper themes...
"Remind me to check my mailbox when I get home." Come on, now. Who isn't giddy at checking their mailbox for packages whenever they get home? Do we really need a smartwatch for this?
People check Android phones more than 125 times every day, and Wear aims to surface important, brief communication.
Demo of Wear: Check weather forecast, commute time, shipping tracking, receive calls and see who it is at a glance, add reminders or ask questions via voice.
Reminders are immediately synced from watch to phone.
Interestingly enough, this Android Wear interface doesn't have a lot of the material design ideas that Google presented earlier. There are white cards, but none of those tactile paper layers. Looks like they dumbed down the UI for devices with less processing power.
Lots of watch faces, natch.