These days smart watches come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Majority of their features are aimed to the fitness and health fanatics, with notifications an added bonus. But surely a smart watch should add some benefit to the smart home.
Having recently laid hands on the Huawei Watch 2, it was time to dig a bit deeper and see what could be achieved.
The obvious stop for an Android Wear device is the Play Store, and multiple app suggestions are made, but few for the smart home aficionado. When going through some of the well-known brands, none of their apps are supported on Androird Wear devices. This list includes Philips Hue, Ring, Alexa (understandable), Schlage and EcoBee.
What was positive to see is that both IFTT and Nest have apps compatible with Android Wear devices. For others, such as Philips Hue, there are 3rd party apps which can bridge the divide, although some of them do require you to buy them.
The main takeaway though is that smart watches add little value to your smart home. There one redeeming feature is as a mobile assistant. Whether you’re running Android or iOS, your watch is now an additional Google Home or Siri, right on your arm. OK Google detection can be activated for your watch, otherwise, holding in the menu button will automatically launch the assistant allowing you to send commands. This is not an amazing addition, but does have its advantages, allowing you to cover areas of the house you may not yet have installed a digital assistant. And it works just as if you were speaking to your phone or Google Home device.
In conclusion, don’t expect to be wowed by your watch’s ability to control your home. It’s main advantage is that you have a digital assistant installed on it, making commands easy, regardless of where you are. This is definitely not a reason to buy a smart watch, but perhaps an addition to the Pros column of your decision matrix.
If you’re interested in picking up a Smart Watch, we can definitely recommend the Huawei Watch 2, and will be doing a comparison and review in the upcoming months. Be sure to follow us in the sidebar to keep tabs.