Android Wear 2.0 just came out a few weeks back, the Huawei Watch 2 at MWC, the Levi’s/Google jacket at SXSW, and we also have a new Apple Watch with an update to WatchOS later this year. Overall, this year we are seeing smartwatches mature in terms of both hardware and software.
Beyond Glasses and Watches
Currently wearable that prevail in the market are mostly either watches or glass, but in coming time we can expect beyond these type.
One big area is clothing. For example, people are working on smart buttons which when pushed, would change the color of a fabric or buttons could measure UV exposure in sports equipment.
Health sector is another area where we will see a drastic change. We’ll also have more wearables for pets, such as new bio-metrics and activity trackers, and toys too. Google and Levi’s are working on a jacket as an alternate interface for the smartphone. They recently revealed it at SXSW.
Across sensor active smart garments or fabrics, wearables will submerge so well with fashion that one will not be able to differentiate between them. Many Companies have already started cementing the wall with bio-metric garments that measure body vitals.
One of the major issues with any electronic device is the battery life, and wearables are no exception here. Although phones have progressed in this area where you charge them at point and they work for two days but wearables are still lagging behind. Hopefully that will soon change too.
A company is working on a new 3D battery technology that not only will make these batteries safer, but they will also last longer and charge faster. And the good part is, they’ll be cheaper to make than current batteries, and be smaller in size, making them perfect for use in wearables like fitness trackers. Once it’s out, longer battery lives will mean people are more likely to stick with their fitness trackers.
Health, one of the major use cases for wearables. Wearables have not missed any opportunity to target this aspect, every now and then we have a new devices coming up with innovative ways to track your health, new parameters and even to identify or solve your health problems.
It is also suggested by researchers that we will be able to enrich our wellbeing and lifestyle by using them. For all we know wearables could even be able to transfer data from our connected devices to our doctors, this will help in saving valuable time. Analysing the body perhaps could even be possible to help us restrain from unhealthy habits like monitoring alcohol levels.
Style is one major factor which a buyer considers while buying anything. Choosing style over functions is also a common trend you will find throughout the era of wearable tech. There is also a possibility that you might find people who would restrain from buying a device based completely on the loud design.
Public are stepping forward to wear a gadget, but not without considering the fact , how they look while wearing it. This has led to rise in single-function style, like rings which are stylish fit for the fingers of trendy fashion freak; it can transmit your current location to emergency services and saved contacts when activated. Trackers like Fitbit Alta HR, Misfit Vapor are set to get slimmer and sleeker than ever and with their large, easy-to-read screen, virtual bezel and on-screen animations that show when you’ve hit your goal, its amazing.
Wearables have been a major influence on people’s lifestyle. Since they are slowly becoming a part of our lives, wearables will be able to tell us more by using information rooted on our activities and surroundings to analyze our taste and preference. This information can then be used to keep us on schedule, give us reminders and make our mobile experience more contextual.
Well we have just stepped into the era of wearables, still trying to look for development and enhancement of its ability. We cannot completely predict what’s next; we can only make guesses based on facts of what we have today. Though in a long run, we will see wearables focussed around helping us have a better lifestyle.
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