(“brain” dump, eg me trying to anticipate the future haha)
If you are following me on twitter you probably saw that I got my kickstarted pebble smart watch recently. What a pebble can do is receive and send data to your phone. Currently, my pebble shows SMS and phone calls I get, and I can adjust what songs are playing. But on android you can do a lot more.
Anyhow. This got me thinking. Since there are a lot of rumors surrounding the next wave of gadgets among the big mobile companies (Google, Apple, Samsung) that they are going to do smart watches. There were also rumors during GDC that Apple showed of a gamepad to developers. I doubt that Apple will do a gamepad since they have put in so much effort on touch screens and a gamepad won’t revolutionize anything we do today. And gampads as they are today are clunky and you don’t really want to run around with one in your pocket.
So this got me thinking. Since gaming is probably the number one activity on smart devices, can we do it better? (Or maybe we dont need to since it is number one…). A smart watch has buttons, we wear it everyday, it is not clunky and can do more things than just show the time, so why not use it as a gamepad? The number one reason why I really don’t play as much as I should on my phone is because of buttons. I may be very traditional in that sense, but my gaming experience is way better with buttons. I enjoy games on xbox/ps3 more than on my phone.
So how would a smart watch look like to behave as a game pad? My only “design” right now is that you have to remove the watch from your wrist to use it. That is not so efficient, but doable. I really don’t know what a smart watch gamepad would look like since I havent tried to concept it on paper (lulz, me painting). We just need to figure out how to design it in a proper way! Post your drawing in the comments =D
Or I am totally wrong and everyone will start using this tech instead - touch screens that can create “bubbles” that behave as button! Now that is a next gen touch device!