What it is: Australia is one of the first countries to integrate GymKit and the Apple Watch into exercise equipment.
The most obvious use for the Apple Watch will involve tracking your health. This includes both people with current medical conditions and people who want to stay healthy so they don’t wind up with medical conditions if they can avoid it. So it’s not surprising to find that manufacturers of fitness equipment are developing models that integrate with GymKit and the Apple Watch.
Right now the Apple Watch can track your physical activity but when paired with GymKit-enabled exercise equipment, the Apple Watch can download data from the exercise equipment so you know exactly what you did on that piece of fitness equipment such as tracking distance, speed, floors climbed, incline, and estimated calories burned on treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes, and stair-steppers.
Fitness enthusiasts will likely adopt the Apple Watch first while the rest of the public will ignore it. However, once people get exposed to t he advantages of tracking their fitness activity through GymKit and the Apple Watch, you can be certain more people will be interested in this technology and be more inclined to buy and use an Apple Watch in the future.
Rivals like Android Wear and Fitbit will likely try to get their devices to work with fitness equipment but manufacturers will first support the Apple Watch and then other devices – maybe. This could turn the Apple Watch into the standard health tracking device in much the same way that Windows became the corporate computing standard.
Once the Apple Watch defines itself as the wearable computer standard for health, expect the Apple Watch to grow in sales while also creating the halo effect of getting people familiar with Apple products in general in the same way that the iPod and the iPhone helped introduce people to the idea of using a Macintosh.
The Apple Watch is focused on health and if that’s all it does, it will be more than enough to capture a huge market. As the Apple Watch starts making phone calls on its own, wait for the stories of people who rely solely on the Apple Watch to make and receive calls instead of using a smartphone. When enough people find the Apple Watch useful, it will just continue to grow in sales.
When the Apple Watch becomes the standard for wearable computers, it will have no rivals. Already, rivals like Android Wear and Fitbit lag so far behind in popularity that they have little chance of getting up. Over the next few years, keep track of how many gyms offer GymKit-enabled exercise equipment. When that’s no longer unusual, then you’ll know that the Apple Watch is here to stay.