8 myths about the smartwatch revolution

New reports, rumors and predictions about smartwatches are packed with misconceptions

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If some reporter had inside information in 2006 that Apple was exploring the possibilities of a smartphone using Bluetooth 4.0, he or she would be mistaken to conclude that Apple would wait until Bluetooth 4.0 before shipping any smartphone. In fact, the first iPhone shipped 2007, but the first Bluetooth 4.0 iPhone didn't come out until 2011.

Apple could ship an "iWatch 1.0" without curved glass years before creating one with Corning's new curved glass technology.

Myth #7: Smartwatches will have to be charged every day.

Thanks to Bluetooth 4.0, new low-powered screens, low-powered mobile processors, better batteries and better management software, I think the minimum amount of time that most smartwatches will last between charges is one week. Some may last a month.

Myth #8: Smartwatches are only peripheral devices for smartphones.

The smartwatch revolution hasn't started yet, but already the boundaries between electronic devices like phones, tablets, laptops, PCs and TVs are breaking down.

Products like Microsoft's Xbox SmartGlass and Apple's AirPlay Mirroring -- are enabling consumer electronics products to interoperate and control each other.

Smartwatches will not only integrate with phones but also TVs, car dashboards and more. In addition, we're also entering into an era of smart virtual assistants that we interact with by talking.

The smartwatch concept, which can provide a microphone, an Internet connection via a smartphone and a display for results, is an ideal and handy interface for talking to Siri, Google Now and other virtual assistant services.

Google Now -- which, combined with that company's Android@Home initiative -- will probably enable voice control of home appliances from any Internet connected device.

The way to think of a smartwatch is not as a peripheral to a phone but as an interface to all our home appliances, computers, remote supercomputers and the Internet.

It's time to get excited about the smartwatch revolution, people. It's coming soon, and it's going to be incredible.

Mike Elgan writes about technology and tech culture. Contact and learn more about Mike at http://Google.me/+MikeElgan. You can also see more articles by Mike Elgan on Computerworld.com.

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