All of us are well familiar with internet enabled hand-held devices such as tablets, netbooks, etc, but how many of us know about the wearable devices? I’m sure many of you wouldn’t be familiar with the concept of wearable devices and their apps. This blog of mine works as an eye-opener for all of those who aren’t acquainted with the wearable devices and the different aspects associated with developing apps for the same. If you’re one of these people then continue reading this post as I showcase here some interesting details about wearable devices along with an overview on some of the best programming/UI practices followed for developing apps for wearable gadgets.
What are wearable devices?
The term “wearable devices” refers to electronic technologies that are incorporated into items such as clothing and accessories which can be comfortably worn on the human body. Such wearable devices can easily perform ample number of computing tasks similar to the ones which can be performed on mobile phones, laptop computers etc.
Being more sophisticated as compared to the hand-held technology, wearable technology provides sensory and scanning features which aren’t typically found in a variety of mobile and laptop devices. Some common examples of wearable devices include glasses, watches, e-textiles, contact lenses, beanies, caps, rings, hearing aid-like devices, bracelets, etc.
Two very popular wearable devices:
Glasses: Google Glass affirms a message to reach the user right in front of his/her eyes. With these wearable devices, users can also capture information based on a set of messages spoken by the user starting with “OK Glass”. For example, if somebody says “OK Google! Take a Picture”, the picture is taken and sent back to the Google glassware application.
Watches: As yet another interesting set of wearable devices, watches not only display time but are even geared up to deliver information fetched from the web including news, notifications regarding calendar invites etc.
Here’s a listing of the App Categories that fit the wearable devices:
- Personal notifications including calendar invites, health reminders etc.
- News headlines(best suited for watches)
- Quick messaging(more suitable for watches)
- Weather details such as temperature, humidity etc.
- Voice-initiated apps including search, taking notes etc.
And now, some best UI practices followed for developing apps for wearable devices:
- Designing with the sole consideration that the text input is NOT needed. Here, you may try and use buttons and voice for users to choose multiple options for accessing the details.
- Designing interfaces which are distinct, simple, clear and easy to navigate. Here, you can consider using a font type and size that is suitable for making the information glanceable.
- Design while keeping the users’ comfort in mind. This is one of the major considerations while building apps for wearable devices with varying dimensions.
A look at the programming practices followed for developing apps for wearable devices
Well, there are ample number of app design principles that ensure effective design and development of apps for wearable devices. Some of the vital assets that need a special mention here include the ones jotted down as below:
- Voice Replies
Writing programs for two very popular wearable devices viz: Watches and Glasses
Although an entire article can be framed on the programming part of apps developed for wearable devices, in this post I’ll be focusing on two very important wearable devices viz: Watches and Glasses.
Case 1- Watches
For watches, Google has already announced the inception of Android which would allow you to customize notifications and a suite of other aspects that can be easily displayed on the watches. It is quite essential to keep a tab on Android Wear Page for gaining an easy access to regular updates. For this, it is necessary for you to know Android programming and the method of working with the Android Wear SDK.
Case 2- Glasses
Talking about app development for Google Glasses, the usage of Glasswares is of utmost importance. Glassware refers to custom applications that intercept data from Google glass and process the same appropriately.
Being well aware of the fact that wearable devices have become the latest talk of the town, recent announcement by Google pertaining to Android Wear definitely sounds interesting. Here’s hoping the details furnished above would have helped you get a clearer picture of the app development process for the cool and trendy wearable devices.
About the Author: Addison Cohen is an enthusiastic and addicted tech blogger cum programmer,who likes developing mobile apps and like sharing knowledge on technology. Presently he working with one of the popular iphone App Development Company. If you looking for any kind of assistance, he could be one of the best iOS Developers for Hire .