What do Darth Vader, Geordi La Forge, and Tony Stark have in common? Wearables. Wearables refer to wearable technology. Like the Smarthome industry, it weaves technology into everyday life to make things easier.
The main functionality we see today is related to quantified self. If you aren’t familiar with the quantified-self movement, it is a way for us to incorporate technology into the collection of data. Like physical activity, sleep patterns, heart rate, etc. They come in various forms: watches, wristbands, and of course Google glass.
The most popular wearable being talked about these days is the Apple Watch. Features mentioned in the Apple Keynote include messaging and calling, communication with Siri, fitness tracking, and Apple Pay. (Which I am excited about). Other popular wearable brands include the Nike Fuel Band, Jawbone Up, Fitbit Flex, and Google Glass.
ABI research predicts that 90 million wearable devices will be sold in 2014. Big brands are definitely on this bandwagon and so are startups. When it comes to perception, I’m sure there are many people who think wearables are not overwhelmingly beneficial. However, I think they are useful in the same way that smartphones are, only in a different form. I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss them. Because the way some of us always have our phones, it might as well be an additional limb. The beginning of this industry may seem clunky at times but these things will most likely be one of the keys to help us live longer.
There are so many directions they can go. Can you imagine, for example, a toe ring that automatically dispenses insulin when the body has an allergic reaction…or earrings that give you your daily dose of vitamin C? Marrying science and technology just expedites this self-care marathon that we call life. I am really looking forward to seeing the world post Apple Watch.
Behold the various forms of wearable technology:
Mota Smart Ring
Interact with your notifications without constantly being on your phone.