2015: The Year of Wearable & Apple’s WatchKit

In a video shortcut from Episode 14 of the Redcert Podcast, I asked Dermot Daly the founder & CEO of leading app development company Tapadoo about WatchKit and his initial thoughts on working on apps for Apple’s first wearable device.

Surely, surely, straps are the new Apps?

As this year’s CES kicks off, it looks that 2015 looks to be the year of wearable – undoubtedly helped by Apple’s ‘validation’ of the sector with the anticipated launch of the Apple Watch in late March. But what does Apple’s development framework for Apple Watch, WatchKit tell us about the potential capabilities and features of Apple’s first wearable device?

After I’d studied the Apple Watch patent, I thought that straps would play a significant part of the Apple Watch accessory & app ecosystem. There’s a swirl of 3rd party development and excitement around any new or significant upgraded iOS device and I thought it likely that Apple’s WatchKit would reveal the capability for hardware developers to create very useful straps, serving up useful features like enzyme analysis or kinetic charging capability.

When Tim Cook said he controls his AppleTV with his Apple Watch I was convinced that Apple and Disney Research had finally created the perfect television interface leveraging Disney’s Aireal with Apple Watch serving as a personalised gesture control – think Michael Douglas in Disclosure or the NASA data glove. It appears not, and in one of our most popular podcast extracts from 2014, Dermot explains why.

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