Many would say the Internet of Things is responsible for the boom of wearable technology.
But it started way sooner. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane. Maybe you used to own some of these in the 90s or noughties:
The market of bold technology is still young and just taking off. Now, perhaps, you own a smart watch, smart glasses, a fitness tracker, a virtual reality headset, a GoPro camera or use chatbots and a driverless car.
“The Next Frontier in Cross-platform Mobile Development: Wearables and Connected Devices,” a survey of more than 230 global respondents from leading brands in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa, sponsored by Kony, revealed that:
- 69 percent of application designers said that designing for wearables and connected devices either already is a challenge they face or it will become one within the next 6 to 12 months. 65 percent of mobile app developers agreed.
- Poor communication: 40 percent of developers said that the biggest challenge of mobile app development is the lack of communication between developers and IT stakeholders.
- Lack of time and resources (37 percent) and complexity of omni-channel development (37 percent) tied as the top two most oft-cited barriers during the development stage of mobile projects. Fifty-one percent of designers said that designing mobile apps for multiple devices and platforms is a major challenge.
- Nearly 25 percent of developers felt that stakeholders had “no clear vision” for mobility. Furthermore, the “sheer complexity of omni-channel development and testing” was cited as a top challenge by 37 percent of responding developers. Designers agreed, with 51 percent saying that, “designing for multiple devices and platforms” is a challenge.1
- Other studies show that there is lack of trust regarding the use of wearables in the workplace, even from respondents riding the BYOD (BringYourOwnDevice) wave. We have to prevent data breaches and legal concerns are a thing we must look into as well.
- Aesthetics and “customer friendliness” of wearable work tech is also important.
In sum – wearable tech should be bearable.2
But do you think wearables have the potential to change the face of the workplace as we know it?
We do, and we are not shy to explain why.
1. Electronic badges, lanyards or nano chips – They can monitor employee attendance, work as an assessment tool or measure movement around the office. Plus, they can also include wireless device.
2. Smart watch – Good for notification when you have email so you do not have to check your inbox constantly, plus they can also help with scheduling and communication.
3. Smart glasses and smart headphones – You can move around, keep your arms free and even use holographic displays! They are also equipped with bluetooth, wireless and Near Field Communications in order to ease your daily tasks. They can also be used for augmented reality – for training employees or just for pure fun and relaxation.
4. Raw data, bid data and biometric data – Employers can understand human behaviour, health and patterns better – armbands and fitness trackers are already part of benefit health systems and packages that companies offer to their employees
5. Implantables – Let’s take the Swedish company Epicenter, for example. Employees have smart RFID microchips implanted under the skin. No need for cards, keys, paying with money, switching the lights on or off manually or even remembering pin codes.3 Some people even go for this option to benefit in their out-of-work life – or for health reasons: there are cochlear implant chips to hear better and you can store health data there. There are chips for the identification of animals in case they get lost, New York is monitoring traffic thanks to RFID, and the list goes on and on.
6. Safety – There are even sensors that monitor for drivers falling asleep. SmartCap, for example, is a hat that monitors drivers, eliminates fatigue and keeps them safe.
7. A powerful HR tool – Healthy employees cost less and happy employees are likely to stick around. Companies know this – which is one of the reasons wearables are on the rise.
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