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The Future of Wearable Technology

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Wearables and Internet of things are two fellow mates who are reshaping the tech world.  With some top companies like Amazon Web Services, AT&T, Bosch, etc investing in the ioT bandwagon, wearable is not far behind with companies like Apple, FitBit, Google etc developing wearable gadgets. Experts are inventing new methods and ideas to develop wearable by incorporating motion sensors, smart jackets and smart footwear.

2016 is expected to be the year of wearables with a huge number of diverse wearables being developed and witnessing the growth of the wearable devices. The sale of fitness trackers and smartwatches are expected to go up from 51 million in 2015 to 84 million by the end of 2016. And by 2022, the global wearable technology market will reach $196.5million.

The public has been impressed with the uptake of wearables. Tracking health is the key driver for wearable adoption. The factors that will obstruct the growth of wearable technology will be battery life and high cost.

As we look at the wearable technology future, the wearable technology is expected to become invisible. Wearables will intertwine with fashion so closely that we won’t be able to distinguish between them. Future wearables will become more hidden with jewelry carrying a thin layer of tech inside them to measure biometric data. Companies like OMsignal and Hexoskin have already started building biometric garments which measure body vitals.

Alternative forms of a battery to power wearable are on the rise. From solar cells to kinetic energy powered gadgets we are seeing diverse variety energy supply technology. Industry standards to set manufacturing guidelines are yet to come into the picture. An advocacy board to evaluate devices and brand to deliver accuracy are a long haul. We need to picture these devices giving us 90-95% accuracy.

Some drawbacks of wearable technology:

Data accuracy plays a vital role in all the wearable gadgets. The accuracy of the physiological measurements needs to go up especially when dealing with medical data. Sensors need to be better positioned and data should be analyzed in the better manner.Usability drawbacks is a natural part of the process. Poor design of the device or user interface and a poor user experience will affect the market value of a particular wearable device.

Usability drawbacks is a natural part of the process. Poor design of the device or user interface and a poor user experience will affect the market value of a particular wearable device. Hence, device manufacturers will have to learn quickly to adjust to these issues and act accordingly as these are the key to adoption. Users should not feel these devices as an alien object to their body and rather should feel an extension to themselves.

Regardless of these drawbacks, wearable tech is a whole new exciting concept. With all the latest inventions and research going on in this field there are a lot of new products developed which are rapidly filling this category. Some are already present in the market and while some are still in the development phase. Wearables won’t replace smartphones anytime soon but the possibility can’t be averted. Considering the future of wearable technology some functionalities remain in its custody which standard smartphone or tablets can’t do, but with some limitations. Like I will be surprised to see someone write a text on their watch. As smartphones took over the traditional cell phones and telephones we can see a bright future for this fledgling industry.


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