It is one of the most recent advancements in technology and has the scope to become something each and every one of us will own; wearable technology is already making great ripples in the technology pool.
However, whilst the advancement itself is pretty recent, with such a fast paced industry companies are already looking at ways to improve their offerings. For example, Google has withdrawn the sale of their Google Glass technology that was previously offered for sale in the UK at £1,000.
After just 2 years in the market Google have already decided to cease production and look to how they can change and expand their product.
Whilst Google Glass may be one of the hottest topics within wearable technology, there are a range of other products that are now available which will benefit a variety of people in their daily life. From smart watches to activity trackers, the technology is getting smaller and easier to wear. Last year wearable technology even got the fashion world’s seal of approval when it featured on the London Fashion Week catwalk at Richard Nicoll’s show, showcasing an additional use for the invention.
Wearable technology is further infultrating the fashion market too with the launch of Barclaycard Contactless gloves – allowing users to make payments without having to reach for their wallet. Conveniently launched at Christmas time to make shopping easier for those laden with bags, this smart idea has met users needs to be able to pay faster than they have previously been able to.
Disbelievers amongst the technology field debate whether wearable technology is more a passing fad and question its real worth in such an industry. But although products like Google Cardboard may be more of a toy than practical creation, this does not mean that all other wearable technology items follow the same pattern. Activity trackers for example could be a great assistance in a country where obesity is a crisis; allowing users to monitor their heart rate and steps throughout the day is information that could be used by health professionals should they see wearable technology as an asset to their field.
Additionally, with the increasing interest in the Internet of Things (IoT), wearable technology could work hand in hand to make the world a much more accessible place for many. Being able to wear something that could then control another item within your home would be a great use of technology and be of benefit to many. For example, your activity tracker could track your sleep cycle and inform your alarm clock to wake you up at the most suitable time. Alternatively it could assist employees with staying on top of their diary and work with notifications sent directly to them; to a device that is difficult to ignore.
Wearable technology would be of massive assistance to business, particularly in a retail world. Shop floor staff could access the information they need straight from their smart watch instead of having to leave a customer whilst they check details at a computer terminal. This would increase productivity amongst employees and also improve customer satisfaction.
With such a wide range of uses wearable technology is likely to have a sizeable effect on the technology industry, and hopefully as ideas continue to grow surrounding its uses it will be of further benefit to both businesses and in a personal capacity.
Would wearable technology assist your daily productivity?