Will the Apple iWatch be an age-friendly device?

Voice activation and other Apple technologies could give this device every chance of meeting the needs of ageing consumers.

This article discusses the 6 killer features that the author thinks will put the much talked about Apple iWatch ahead of the competition.iwatchconcept

Sony, Pebble, Cookoo, I’m Smart, MetaWatch and Martian already have pretty sophisticated smartwatches available, all of which interoperate with the iPhone.

Viewed through the prism of the ageing consumer, many of the features take on even greater potential benefit. For example, the iWatch will incorporate custom haptics – the buzzes and rumbles of physical motion you feel when your phone is on vibrate or what you feel in the controller when you play Call of Duty on Xbox and someone tosses a grenade into your bunker.

This feature alone could revolutionise the problematic issue of compliance (also adherence or capacitance). This is the degree to which a patient correctly follows medical advice. Most commonly, it refers to medication or drug compliance, but it can also apply to other situations such as medical device use, self care, self-directed exercises, or therapy sessions.

Just imagine a custom vibration on your wrist that reminds you what medicine to take and when.

I sense a world of opportunities has opened with the advent of smartwatches.