Apple Watch: Automate my life!
I have loved spending the past seven months figuring out how the Apple Watch improves my workflow and daily activities. I use it for voice recording, managing my to-dos, capturing my movement and tracking my fitness, and keeping me on schedule. What I've found over this time is that the most useful features of the Apple Watch are the ones that automate my life.
For example, the app "Mac ID" has been an incredible help to me. This app logs you into your Mac using TouchID on the phone, but it also sends "Unlock" notifications to the Apple Watch. I can just tap on the notification, and I am immediately logged into my computers. I have recently turned on "Proximity wake and unlock," so when I approach my computer, it automatically wakes it and logs me in without touching anything. In the time it takes for me to sit down, my computer is ready for me to use, and when I walk away, it is automatically locked and secure in my workplace, or in coffee shops.
I wish the Apple Watch becomes a device that automates many aspects of my life. For example, it would be awesome to automatically turn on lights, start my car, handoff documents or other things I'm working on, unlock my door, or many other things I do everyday. Although directly manipulating my environment by tapping or speaking to my watch are helpful and probably the best option in lots of cases (because of security reasons or for having more control over what happens in my environment), I see the automatic features as an essential direction for future Apple Watches. The phone could do this too, but wearing the Apple Watch helps to authenticate many of these tasks without using TouchID on the iPhone.
I'm curious about if others share this view. Also, what other things would be excellent for the Apple Watch to automate? Using the Apple Watch as a sensor that is context aware and does things automatically for me is an exciting future direction, in my opinion.