Wearable technology holds multiple opportunities for organizations planning to offer seamless integration between technology and users. With the emergence of a variety of wearable devices and technology, companies need to consider various issues related to personal data restrictions, implementation and regulations. From smart accessories to smart textiles including clothing, wearable computing devices are growing by leaps and bounds.
Smart fitness devices, smart accessories and smart textiles are some of the popular wearable computing devices. However, wearable technology is also introducing some innovative and smart devices. For example, Virtual Reality (VR), sensors in the fabric leading to smart textile, pet tracking devices, smart shoes, etc.
Exceptional growth expected of wearable computing devices with emerging technologies
Wearable computing devices are witnessing a rise in demand in the healthcare sectors. Along with the quality of care, wearable devices will provide virtual and remote care by a better collection of data. Moreover, managing a large number of patients and managing diseases remotely will also be possible with emerging technology in smart wearable devices.
Not just in the form of smart watches or wristbands, wearable in healthcare has now reached clothing and shoes with sensors being attached to these, companies are launching smart shoes and smart clothes like smart pants and jackets to help track health and fitness activities. For instance, Brainno, an ear-wearable is the latest device that improves brain health and helps a user to de-stress. The device uses three sensors to measure brainwaves and includes an additional sensor to monitor heart rate. It also measures EEG signal in real-time. The data appears in the associated app, where it provides suggestion on how to improve and maintain brain health.
Smart accessories including smart watches and wristbands are already in the market. Along with these, smart rings are also gaining popularity. With smart rings like Nimb, Mangos and Ringly already in the market, now comes Token, a biometric-based ring to power up computer and part doors and make payments. The ring is integrated with Microsoft, HID, MasterCard, FitPay, Visa, and FIDO. The ring uses optical proximity sensor and fingerprinting technology to make sure that user’s credentials are safe and are not accessible by the third party.
Wearable for kids
With wearables in the market for grown-ups and pets, companies are now focusing on developing wearables for kids. Qualcomm is one such company which is developing a new processor known as Snapdragon 1200 for kids’ wearable devices. Qualcomm has already teamed up with Quanta and Borqs to design reference models. It is developing such a chip that will allow a device to always remain connected, even at long distances. Moreover, kids’ trackers are already popular in China and in some parts of Europe.
Companies are also focusing on developing wearable devices that will provide connectivity between personal devices and corporate data. However, personal devices still hold the biggest threat to corporate security.