The term wearables has certainly gained ground over the past 2 years. Back in 2013, the big buzz was about the smart watch and other devices like Google Glass.
Now, with the close of 2014, we’ve seen some very interesting trends in the areas of smart wearable devices.
For example, up until recently, wearables were generally used for medical and fitness. The smart watch and other devices contain sensors that can monitor heart rate, steps taken, location via GPS and translate this info into an up to the second picture of a person’s health and fitness situation.
However, although fitness and medicine are certainly the dominant uses of wearables, some innovations have begun to crop up that indicate an expansion into new and even life-altering technology.
Take EyePal, for example, which can track your eye movements. This can be a tremendous life-saver for drivers who may be falling asleep at the wheel. With EyePal, an alarm can be sounded that alerts you should you start to nod off.
The potential for wearables to improve the lives of those with disabilities is growing exponentially as well. Imagine a device, or set of devices, that can react to a person’s facial expressions, minute movements of fingers and toes and so forth. These movements could be translated into data that allows such a person to communicate.
Steven Hawking, noted cosmologist, already uses a much older version of this system to communicate through his computer. What could wearables do to open up his an similarly disabled people’s lives?
The point of all of this is simple: when hardware continues to expand in capability, so then does the need for software to go with it. It’s clear that the wearables trend is going to open up – already has, really – a whole new branch of application development.
Wearables and smart devices already have tremendous medical and fitness use. They can also be used in the expanding arena of home automation as well. Imagine, for example, that as you approach your home, your smart watch sends a signal to a receiver in your house that turns on the lights, opens the shutters, raises the garage door and turns on the stereo to your favorite station.
The smart watch along with additional wearables perhaps, has developed a biological profile that’s unique to you – so only you can make this series of events take place. Absolutely secure, and absolutely convenient.
We’re still in the infancy of mobile computing, and the expansion of the wearables market is only just beginning. The opportunity for businesses to capitalize on the wearables market is a long clear highway with no speed limit – will you be one of the trail blazers?