Wearable Computing is an emerging trend that will have an impact across consumer and enterprise markets. I like to think of Wearable devices as another ‘thing’ in the billions of sensors that makes of the emerging Internet of Things. Over the next decade critical consumer and business applications will make use of these wearable sensors to help us all make decisions about how we can improve our lives and business outcomes.
Next week I will post my trend report “Wearable Computing Technology” to slideshare where it will be available for download. I’m still working on finalizing that trend report, but the current draft has about 80 slides packed with information on Wearable Computing Technology and the potential impact on enterprises.
One of the slides I will have in that deck will have the following list of Tech Writers/Journalists who are following Wearables market…and who have over 1,000 followers on Twitter. These are all influential writers who are interested in how the Wearables market is developing. They have all recently authored articles about the Wearable Computing trend.
I’ve included their Twitter ID below along with a recent pull of how many followers they have on Twitter. The list is sorted by that follower count.
Dan Farber, Former Editor at CBS Interactive, dbfarber, 31200
Stephen Shankland, Senior writer at CNET News, stshank, 23200
As mentioned previously, I am working on a Trend Report on the topic of Wearables. The more I work on it, the more content I develop….pushing back the publication date further and further. The report will be similar in look and feel to my other published trend reports.
Mobile computing devices continue to shrink in size and adapt to free up our hands, making it more convenient than ever for users to multitask. Wearable computing, or wearables, is the buzz of the mobile community in 2014. Consumers are increasingly buying the fitness bands and trackers as a way to monitor their activities. And new devices like smart glasses and smart watches are invading the market. As they do, application developers are beginning to see new opportunities for applications that gather data, perform analysis on that data, and then provide analytics and visualizations back to the user.
While the wearables market still has very much a consumer feel to it, 2014 will be the year leading enterprises are piloting fitness trackers for employee wellness / fitness programs and smart glasses / smart watches for enhancing worker productivity. Adding further momentum to the growth of the market will be the entry of most of the major platforms into the space, including Google, Microsoft, Samsung, and Apple.
For more on the the future of wearables, check out the following resources:
Wearables will eventually go mainstream in enterprises. Not all employees will use wearables in their daily tasks, but there will be many employees that will use wearables to help them do their job better.
I am nearing the end of my research into Wearables and will be publishing my 2014 Trend / Resource Report soon. Hopefully this weekend.
While doing my research, I checked out various media outlet resources to understand what was being written about various devices and capabilities. The list below will appear in my report.