Android Wearables and the Future of Legal Tech

Nine years. That’s how long since I’ve worn a watch. I can’t even remember the design of my last watch. So, when Google announced Android wearables yesterday, I pretty much ignored the “hoorah” — plus, I had a DIY home improvement project to complete.

OMG! A Google watch

Let’s remember that Google didn’t announce anything except a soon-to-be-released Android Wear SDK. Sure, we can expect a Google watch, probably running a Nexus-like version of Android Wear, and partnerships with many big-name companies, including Fossil.

Android Wear Partners

But currently, only Motorola and LG announced their action-ready watches.

Moto 360, simply awesome

Moto 360 is Motorola’s watch wearable.

And it’s beautiful.

Moto 360 should see its way to market in the summer.

LG G, the next Nexus watch?

LG also announced its wearable, the LG G. You’ll recall that LG is Google’s go to manufacturer for (almost) all things Nexus, so many speculate that LG’s watch — maybe releasing 5/30? — will have significant Google input.

LG G Watch

 

There are sparse details and specs about the LG G, though Engaget managed to pull some:

LG G Watch Specs

 

We’ll have to wait and see what other information comes available as the Android Wear SDK and the watches come public.

What do wearables mean for legal technology?

Most long-term readers know about my long struggle with wearables, including my desire to purchase Google Glass, my decision not to buy Google Glass, my extended thoughts on Google Glass, and the my acceptance that Google Glass is not for lawyers. After all of those messages, I wouldn’t blame you when say I’m not a proponent of wearable technology.

Truthfully, I love the idea of wearables for use in particular environments, or for general purposes. Futurelawyer even broadened by eyes by explaining how Galaxy Gear helps free up his hands to perform other tasks because he doesn’t have to check his phone for messages. That’s very encouraging and insightful. I also see wearables, at least the watches, as a way to lift people’s eye from their screens and once again interact with the world.

But, aside from the shiny factor, at present, wearable technology doesn’t really do more than my phone. And if the only thing I’m buying a Google watch for is to expand the functionality of Google Now, no thanks. I’m certainly not going to break my watch-less streak for that.

Only time will tell

Of course, Google’s not designing the products for adoption by luddite lawyers. These products are for hipsters the population at large, to gather even more information about us improve daily tasks and simplify chores. Admittedly, I love the idea of being able to wear a self-contained watch that could track my non-existent exercise routine.

Wearables gathering mass appeal is still a far-fetched notion, and certainly well beyond the desire cage for most lawyers, even some die-hard’s. I am excited about how I could use wearable technology to expand my productivity — limited, I’m sure — and that will depend on the developers, but don’t count on those guys (or gals) designing anything for lawyers.

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