Now that smartphones are practically a standard among all, a new technology is rapidly growing. Wearable technology is quickly getting attention and evolving on many levels.
The main benefit (and perhaps obvious) of wearable technology is immediacy. It gets a job done quickly. Wearable technology can share the vision of interweaving technology into everyday life, of making technology persuasive and interaction frictionless.
Devices can communicate with wearers about their environment and create or change a behavior in the moment. Currently, wearable technology may seem limited, but that is rapidly changing. Rich interactions are no longer requiring the use of a tablet or smartphone to fully function.
For example, Google Glass is a device that brings rich text and notifications as well as other information straight to your eyes. It includes a 5MP camera and records 720p. Its functions are voice command based and it even has a companion app (MyGlass), which is the first third-party Glass App as well as first media app.
Smart watches are another form of wearable technology that continues to expand. The size of the screen is what limits certain types of information to be displayed but they rank on top for convenience and portability.
Since wearables are designed to stimulate the senses and provide and enhanced awareness of the environment, fitness tracking bracelets have become extremely popular with abilities to track activity, sleep patterns and location. With product revenues expected to rise from $3.3 billion in 2013 to $8 billion in 2018, they are not stopping. New heart rate monitoring headphones and a fitness-tracking wrist band with an OLED touch screen will be revealed this year. Most recent technologies include sweaters that can adjust temperature based on the weather outside. This type of brand new technology has already been mentioned in recent conventions and will surely be available to consumers within the year.
Smartphones are now considered indispensable gadgets and people want to take a step further. It is for this reason that some of the upcoming wearable technology merges functions that a smartphone may already do. One thing is certain, this particular industry will be one of the fastest growing and it has no signs of slowing down.