The journey of Wearable tech began long ago with things like the hearing aid and calculator watch which was first seen in the 1980s. That journey is still on and is now experiencing what is deemed the Wearable Tech Revolution.
Products available today will be greatly improved upon for the next unique technology design and enhanced relationship with user devices, all anticipated to occur within the coming decade.
There is so much unique tech that is yet to be built and employed in a range of wearable devices across various industries.
The spirit is high and expectations are deemed realistic with high promise from the software development industry. It is important to note that the wearable tech depends on software technology to build the various wearable software applications that can run on the wearable devices.
The applications play a major role in data transmission; transmitting received data to the server and sending data to the users.
The sensors on the devices are responsible for capturing the data which is then transferred to a computer or smartphone for further transfer for permanent storage in proprietary servers.
The stored data is finally analysed on the servers and desired results are produced. This whole process is in the effort to ensure that wearable technology makes tasks more efficient, easier, and effective.
Innovative software development companies ensure that the necessary applications are implemented on the wearable technology, developing customised and consumer-oriented wearable apps that can flawlessly run on the wearable devices like bands and smartwatches.
Applications can also be geared towards assisting enterprises to get customised and business aligned solutions.
Companies such as Apple Inc, Samsung, Xiaomi, and FitBit Inc are fuelling the wearable tech revolution. We can`t ignore the role of these companies in the tech world, they all work differently but with one goal of bringing the best of the wearables that they can create.
With the effort put into software applications development, it is clear that future innovations are going to replace some of the present real-life operations and devices.
Some of the present wearables from these tech companies include:
• Smart Glasses
• Smart Jewellery & Clothing
• Healthcare Wearables
• Multimedia Wearables
• Fitness Wearables
• Wearable Cameras
• Enterprise & Industrial Wearables
The impact of wearable technology has been witnessed to be more prevalent on health and fitness but other areas like entertainment, lifestyle and business are also set to improve on the wearable tech.
These innovations are giving a lot of promises to businesses when it comes to the ease and efficiency with which businesses are expected to be conducted in the near future.
Take for example, if a business incorporates electronic document management into its system, it will experience less of paperwork which equates to less work and greater efficiency.
The Smart glasses is a promising device in the business sector. Its usefulness can be attributed to applications like the GPS tracking unit which serves the purpose of recording historical data.
Another potential for business effectiveness is in the use of mobile technology, this can enable the business processes to run smoothly while at the same time keeping the operator engaged.
Mobile technology utilises sensor applications to relay information and technology such as Bluetooth and WiFi to connect us with other devices and to the internet.
Even though such technology exists, some businesses, mostly the smaller ones, are still not convinced about wearable technology. For these businesses, there tends to be a greater belief and reliance on the internet of things, stronger network security, and other technological advancements.
Apart from the efficiency with which existing businesses are expected to be conducted, other forms of businesses and industries in relation to lifestyle, healthcare, sports, fitness, and gaming are yet to venture into the Wearable Tech market.
The evolution gives an opportunity for various firms to invest in wearable technology devices and services.
In the health market, the most conspicuous device is the Google Glass which is promising possibilities beyond imaginable measures.
It uses voice activations and augmented reality to stick out data into the field of the wearer`s vision. Physicians have been taking this device for tests in various hospitals across the world.
Surgeons, on the other hand, have been live streaming demonstrations to other physicians through the augmented reality while others have used the device to record surgeries apart from accessing patient records.
The fitness market also has opportunities to grow considering that there are efforts by the tech companies to improve the fitness wearable devices and services.
Currently, there are a lot of fitness wearables in the market such as smart sports shoes and fitness bands but the future is promising more.
Generally, all the vertical markets have what is required to prosper and it is expected that the whole wearable technology market will double by the year 2021.
This assumption is backed by the fact that the uses and needs for the wearable technology in various fields are growing every day.
It is also important to understand the role (IoT) The Internet of Things plays in wearable devices. IoT involves the fast-growing network of connected devices which have the capability to collect and exchange data by use of embedded sensors on the wearable tech devices.
The power of the IoT is also incorporated into the wearables to enhance comfort and give the users more control over their personal tasks and routine work.
Some of the wearable IoT devices include smartwatches and tracker bands. The smartphones serve the purposes of phone calls and text messaging among other things.
The tracker band such as the Jawbone ensures that people are updated on their workouts progress by receiving feedback from the processed data fed into the device.
Apart from the wearables, there are other important things in life that are making use of the IoT. The smart homes are one of them. A smart home is one in which the devices installed can communicate with each other, their environment and most importantly with the Internet.
Such homes give the owners the opportunity to control and customise their home environment in order to maximise security and efficiently manage energy.
This technology is already thriving as is evident by companies such as Amazon, Belkin, and Philips having already established themselves in the IoT market.
These and other investors have already availed lots of IoT technologies to help people build and monitor smart homes.
A prime example of the IoT technology is the Amazon Echo device that lets you control your home with your voice. This device enables the owner to listen to audio books, play music, hear news, and integrate it with other smart home devices, like the WeMo. It is also possible to integrate the smart home controls with some of the wearable technology in order to have a better control of your home.
The future of wearables is widely considered to be influenced by Artificial Intelligence(AI). AI involves the development of computer systems that have the capability to perform tasks that require human intelligence, wearable technology is also heading to this level of technology.
This means that, with the use of AI technology, wearable devices will be able to recognise speeches, make decisions, and even translate between languages.
Before these devices can perform such tasks, they must undergo extensive training. The AIs are trained to find definite answers and supervised to deliver specific results.
If supervision is not required, they can be left to determine their own judgements in relation to the patterns they identify in the data fed into them. Whether they are guided or left alone, AI machines still clone human learning techniques.
These capabilities could only be fairy tales would it not be for the evidence presented by devices such as Apple Watch with its Siri and Google Assistant that is doing just fine on some of the latest Android Wear smartwatches.
In addition to these, there are other devices and developments that are yet to be brought to life.
Another point that makes the AI shine brighter concerns space. There is limited space for controls and display which further signifies the importance to tap into smart algorithms for wearable tech, it does not matter whether these algorithms are fed from an iOS phone or built into a smartwatch.
The idea here is simple; it is much more intelligible to trigger a smartwatch to answer a call by manoeuvring your wrist as opposed to tapping a mini icon on the screen of a smartwatch which would require more effort.
As the future approaches, more products are going to be integrated with language-processing assistants such as Alexa. Beats headphones and Apple Airpods which are also part of this new wave of products branded as AI-powered ‘hearables’.
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