Vishal Gondal, CEO and Founder of GOQii, India’s first homegrown wearable device, gives his take on the Apple Watch.
“Finally, the most personal product ever made by Apple is here. Yes, I am talking about Apple watch (not iwatch, as everyone speculated) and I correct myself, it is ‘almost here’, as it wouldn’t be available until early 2015. However, we now know how it looks like and what all it offers.
Despite not being heavy on sensors as everyone thought, it does measure steps, heart rate, calorie burn and also pulls data from coupled iPhone. Combine all this will Apple’s amazing design capability to display data collected and you have a winner. Carrying on with the amazing success Apple had with iPhones, Apple watch also comes with full-blown third party apps like Facebook, Maps and Siri, which adds a touch of human like interaction. I would really like to see Apple continue its journey on this front, as without interaction and human intelligence all wearable devices are just mere data collectors.
At GOQii, we see Apple watch as a wonderful platform to enhance GOQii users’ experience. We have already started exploring the possibility of integrating our coaching platform with Apple watch to further enable its users. This means all the data generated by GOQii band can be seamlessly displayed on your Apple watch along with your coach’s interactions and updates. Thus, in a way your coach will not only be on your phone but also on your wrist interacting and leading you to a healthier lifestyle.
In future, it’s quite possible that all the data generated by Apple watch could be used as raw feed by our coaches to help users live healthier lifestyle and that too in the least intrusive way.
In a nutshell, it is a great product which continues to carry on Apple’s design legacy and with the GOQii service layer added, it has the potential to become a must-have gadget.
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