I encountered a few bumps along the way during my trip to San Francisco, and it's clear that many modern scanners, such as the ones at Starbucks and the JetBlue gate in Logan Airport weren't built with wrist-worn devices in mind. However, scanning hardware will likely become more modular in the future, and they'll be designed to scan all types of different gadgets.
Today's high-end smartwatches are marketed mostly at consumers, and the focus is on fitness features, but the current crop may be better suited for businesspeople and frequent travelers who need the capability to strategically filter and monitor notifications. Smartwatches are also relatively expensive, and a $500 (or more) luxury that can't do anything that your phone doesn't is a tough sell for many individuals. However, that chunk of change is much less of an obstacle for organizations with flexible technology budgets.
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