Red for angry, blue for calm, and yellow for happy! Remember the toy rings we enjoyed as children, that were supposed to change colors according to our moods? Then, we all had apps on our iPods that would create a playlist for us, based on a calculated guess of our mood. As fun as these were, they seldom got it right, did they? However, with the rise of wearable technology deeply imbedded with the Internet of Things, we might just be venturing into a world which knows us better than we know ourselves! Imagine a world which not only perceives our moods, but optimally adjusts itself to our personal situation and liking. A world which knows you’re getting ill before you do? Sounds like magic, no?
The technological wizards of today are working around areas that just until a few years ago were considered little more than science fiction. From watches to underwear, it seems literally anything can now be connected to send data to a smartphone or cloud. This interconnectivity between things is what we call the Internet of Things (IoT). Using wireless communication technology, IoT connects objects, locations and even people to the internet and each other, and wearables are a key driving force behind it. Thus the diversity of IoT applications and wearables is astounding. Nevertheless, many consumers are not convinced that these devices are anything more than a fad and an add-on to their smart-phones.
This is definitely an arguable point. A person who wears prescription glasses literally cannot leave their house without wearing them. However, the person who forgets their Google Glass behind can function just fine, so one can argue that wearables are just an add-on, or an accessory. Yet similarly, we did function without a smart phone in the past, but we wouldn’t be able to today. We carried our pocket calculators, MP3 players, and camera, made phone calls, sent mails and played games from the computer, and at the time we did not feel the need for a device to club them all in one, nor did we imagine such a device to be created! Smartphones were a much more convenient, all in-one version of our favorite devices. Not having to lug around the many different gadgets was a relief, and Smartphones were a luxury that quickly became a habit. Wearables technology offers the same kind of convenience, or luxury. Take a look at how some industries have benefited by embracing the new “fad”.
Wearables have completely revolutionized the health industry today, with health and location monitors and activity trackers. These devices are capable of collecting data, and alerting the caretaker when the patient requires medical attention, before the patient might realize it himself. Not only is the medical industry taken by such devices, but fitness trackers such as FitBit, Nike Fuelband and Jawbone are becoming increasingly popular amongst athletes and health conscious individuals in general. These are examples of activity trackers worn on the wrist to monitor a person’s physical activity in real time, including number of steps taken, sleep cycles, calories burnt and much more. In fact, the wearables revolution first started with fitness devices, watches, and wirelessly-enabled sports shoes before morphing into health monitors and activity trackers. The most recent wearable product that shook up the market is the Apple iWatch, which packs the functions of a smart phone, health monitor, and of course – watch, all in one.
Although it might take time for the individual consumer to warm up to wearables, we cannot deny that we are progressing towards a real technological revolution, a gigantic wave of new possibility that will change the face of technology. We are quickly moving towards an era where we no longer just use technology on a few of our devices, rather technology would be embedded in everything we do and all around us, in the form of wearables. Products we use day-to-day would be replaced by smarter and interconnected versions of themselves. Everyday devices would be capable of automatically exchanging information over a network. We will have products capable of making life simpler and remotely managing mundane tasks.
At the same time, many are reluctant in sporting chunky technology that looks out of the ordinary; must innovators worry as much about aesthetics and design as they do about the technology? Read more on fashion and functionality of wearables in our next blog post.
In the meantime, tell us what you think, Wearables – Fad or the future?
Written By: Dipika Asnani; Digital Marketing & Content writing at Promobi Technologies.