I’m sure many of you are wearing an Apple Watch, Samsung Gear or other gadget on your wrist right now. This market started to gain attention when the first Apple Watch launched in 2016 – and the market has advanced in terms of technology & sales since then – but the question is, what does the future hold for the smartwatch? Is it the one size fits all model of the large vendors? Or is it better to customise the smartwatches to target specific users or use cases?
In this podcast, we’ll talk to Omate’s Laurent Le Pen, a smartwatch industry pioneer, to find out how he views this evolving market.
01:30 Introduction to Omate
02:20 How did someone from France end out starting a device manufacturer in Shenzhen?
03:50 The market segments and challenges Omate targets – Elderly Care, Children, Lone Workers
07:00 Deep dive into the Omate’s Elderly Care solution
10:50 How Omate brought together the supply and demand sides of the market, including SafeMotion, Credit Mutual Arkea and Medical Guardian, to launch their Elderly Care management solution in France and the US
12:45 Omate’s innovative Wearables-as-a-Service (WaaS) business model
15:15 The challenges in launched a wearables service in the healthcare industry
17:20 Omate’s Nanoblock children’s watch – and the importance of end-to-end security
21:10 The latest device and solution launches from Omate
24:00 What has prevented wearables from living up to the hype?
30:50 The fun round of questions, including Laurent’s side project, the Oclean smart toothbrush
Twitter: @llepen @omateofficial