Wearables have been around in labs since the 70s, but it didn't make its grand entrance into the modern tech sphere until the introduction of the Google Glass in 2010. If you're quite unfamiliar with this kind of tech, you might be asking yourself, “Why does wearable technology matter?”
Well, for the first time since its development, we are able to accurately measure our movements, record our sights and sounds, and track where and how we move around. We do this all in the hope that we can derive insights from our day-to-day movements that can help make our lives easier, healthier, and happier.
What are Wearables Exactly?
The technology can be broadly placed within the following categories:
These categories can pertain to many areas of life. In terms of consumer market segments it can apply to sports and fitness, gaming and recreation, fashion and apparel, and home automation and remote identification.
For the non-consumer market it can make an impact in defense and security, enterprise and industrial, and healthcare sectors.
Its broad applicability is really what drives the industry as a whole. Furthermore, each day it's becoming easier to build a product with sensors, and the easier it gets, the more efficient it will be. Just as Macs allow a simple user experience, or YouTube allows easy video publishing, wearable technology is set to make each of the above areas of life just that much easier to manage.
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Devices Used in Wearable Tech
These devices contain a variety of sensors that help gauge, augment, track, and quantify one’s various day-to-day motions and activities. This is all made possible by a variety of sensors, including:
Each of these sensors can be used separately, or in combinations, in order to yield the most accurate results depending on what one wants or needs.
There are many other sensors (there's pretty much a sensor for everything!), although the ones listed above can be considered the most popular at the moment.
Industry Pain Points
Just as with any other form of technology, there are some issues with wearables. Many people find that these devices are too expensive, the battery life doesn’t last long enough, and they're not reliable. We also see examples where data collection functions smoothly, but this dashboard of data provides no meaningful insights.
However, the developments being made within the industry are sure to weed out many of these problems. Solutions can be ironed out through energy harvesting, wireless charging, alongside various other developments. In the long-run, more use of wearable technology guarantees increased productivity and new business opportunities!
Looking Toward the Future
When looking at wearable technology as an entire industry, while we do see various issues, none prove insurmountable. We at Kiwi believe wearables are the future simply because of the drastic improvements it can provide to the quality, happiness, and ease of life.