Assignment 1: The Future of Wearables – Neha
By Archive User
April 7, 2015
Wearable technology or wearables, refers to accessories incorporating computer and advanced electronic technologies. It includes everything from smart glasses, smart watches, and other devices that have small motion sensors to take photos and sync with our mobile devices. Health care is potential area that that could contribute to the expansion of wearables market with more wearables for pets, like new activity and biometrics trackers.
Even though the wearables have generated a lot of buzz in the tech world, yet this technology has a long way to go before it can overtake the smartphones market. One of the main limitations that almost all wearables suffer from is their dependence on other smart devices like a smartphone to function. For example, Galaxy Gear needs the assistance of your phone to read en entire email and respond. Even though companies like Sony, Pebble, Apple and Samsung have built wearable devices with more features, their dependence on other smart devices lessens their appeal to the consumer market.
Wearables like Google Glass are bulky and clunky to use. To encounter these problems, the manufacturing companies are focusing more on design and aesthetics, so as to make devices that look more discrete. For instance, Pebble and Martian are designing watches that look more like regular watches than smart devices. Apple watch comes in a variety of designs and styles. Also, Google has released versions of Glass with prescription lenses and frames based on regular glasses styles.
In order to take the consumer market by storm, wearble devices technologists will have to figure out ways to further develop these devices so that these can function as standalone devices and also these need to have a less complicated and clunky interface which is more enhanced and user friendly.
Five years from now, most probably wearables like Google Glass will have a virtual screen, instead of the very small screen that it has on the top of the glass which makes it clunky. With a full fledged virtual screen right in front of the user, this gadget will be easier to use and will be much more user friendly. Virtual screen would also lead to developers incorporating more apps and features in the google glass so that instead of supplementing a smartphone, it can completely replace the smartphone.