I’ve just published my trend report on the topic of Wearable Computing. You can get a the PDF out on my HorizonWatching Slideshare account
Wearable devices incorporate advanced electronic technologies that allow for activity tracking via sensors, wireless communications, and computing capability normally found in smartphones.
Based on all my research and reading…all signs point towards wearable computing (wearables as they are becoming known) becoming the next big thing in consumer technology products. Fitness trackers are exploding on the market and there is a whole new categories wearables that are being launched as accessories to smartphones, including smartwatches and smartglasses. And there are also emerging categories such as smartrings, wearable healthcare monitors, smartclothing, and heads-up displays. And just like smartphones made their way into the enterprise, so will wearables.
The future of wearables looks bright as it leverages the 3rd computing platform and is at the intersection of internet of things and mobile computing. Wearable devices incorporate advanced electronic technologies that allow for activity tracking via sensors, wireless communications, and computing capability normally found in smartphones. In the future, they will be able to communicate with other computers, mobile devices, wearables and ‘things’ in the Internet of Things.
15 Wearable Trends to Watch in 2014
- Fitness Trackers: Enterprises will increasingly give trackers to employees as part of health and wellness programs. Overtime, trackers will experience increased competition from other wearables, including smart clothing.
- SmartWatches: Expect more fashionable and functional watches to hit the market in 2014. Smartwatch developers must focus on cutting prices, adding more apps, and improving the look to attract broad consumer interest. The expected iWatch announcement from Apple might just do for watches what the iPhone did for mobile phones
- Smart Glasses: Expect a number of announcements in 2014 within smart glasses, which has huge potential for any workforce that could benefit from access to hands free computing. Google isn’t the only game in town. Vuzix, GlassUp, Recon Instruments and Telepathy are ones to watch too.
- Smart Clothing: Real, working smart clothing might be a bit further off, but it’s on its way. Smart Clothing like OMSignal, Hexoskin and Athos will lead the way.
- Fashion Required!!: For consumer wearables to really take off, they must be fashionable. In 2014, look for leading device manufacturers to focus on the fashion and style of these devices.
- Healthcare Monitors: Wearable technology is likely to significantly disrupt our healthcare model as we know it, helping doctors and patients keep track of real-time health data in ways never capable before.
- Enterprise Adoption: In 2014 leading edge companies will begin to explore using wearables not only for employee wellness programs, but for other applications designed to improve worker productivity.
- New Business Processes: As wearables enter the workforce, we will find new ways to use these devices to help us make better business decisions. Business process engineers will explore new ways to reengineer older business processes in order to do just that.
- Wearables Apps: New apps are required to integrate wearable data into business applications. As the user base grows for wearables, so too will the developer community which will bring some new and exciting use cases for wearables including some killer features that will justify their need.
- Big Data to get Bigger: Wearables, a subset of Internet of Things, will produce even more data than we have now, taxing our already complex enterprise Information Management systems and data warehouses.
- Wearables Analytics: Advanced analytics and dashboards will be needed to provide insights from all the wearables. Some wearable devices will have embedded analytics and cognitive capability right on the device.
- Wearable Communications: In the future, wearables will communicate not only with smartphones, but with other ‘things’, both other wearables and other sensors/devices. This ability to communicate seamlessly andd transparently will provide new and innovative capabilities for enterprises to leverage wearables.
- Security: In 2014, IT professionals will need to decide how to cope with the increasing threat from wearables. For those who found implementing BYOD a challenge over the past few years, expect the bring your own wearable (BYOW) issues to be much harder to figure out
- Privacy: There will be increased interest on the part of consumers to 1) protect the personal data that is being collected via their own wearables and 2) protect against unlawful video recording from smartglasses and other cameras.
- Ecosystem Partnerships: Traditional IT vendors accelerate their partnerships with wearable providers, mobile app developers, global telecom service providers and semiconductor vendors.