The Emergence of Wearable Technology

Wearable technology may very well be the revolution that brings the world of science fiction into daily lives. With advancements in data compression and transmission, wearables are smaller, faster and smarter than ever. They also do more for the average consumer. As the wearable market expands, new and exciting technologies take the stage. No business wants to be seen as obsolete, particularly in industries like health care and fitness, where new technology adoption is often seen as synonymous with quality, so staying on the cutting edge is crucial. These are some of the most marketable and tech savvy devices to ever line up for release.Wearable Tech

Multitasking Headphones

One of the big pluses to wearable technology is the convenience factor. A device you wear is one you don’t have to carry around. A device you already use, given a smart boost makes everything that much better. In addition to the Jabra Sport Pulse, the SMS Audio BioSport Buds, with a built-in heart monitor, will hit the market as the newest addition to this line of wearable tech.

Wearable Tech Fashion

For wearables, the idea has always been to incorporate tech in a seamless and attractive package. Some of the mind-boggling fashion fabrics created by The Unseen may change the face of fashion. They use wind-reactive inks and gemstones that change color in time with your thoughts.

Smart Watches

Possibly the most obvious use of smart technology, the watch is set to explode in 2015. The Apple Watch is hitting the shelves along with next-gen options from existing players in this space like the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch R. Blocks is releasing a customizable option that straddles the line of accessory and technology, beautifully. It also makes future upgrades more accessible. The Samsung Gear S hits the market with an incredible catalog of apps behind it, and a crossover into the fitness space. Given that, it is no surprise to see Fitbit entering the smart watch space in their newest iterations the Surge and Charge HR.

Fitness Bands

Fitness has been a major focus for wearable tech, with manufacturers producing everything from ubiquitous fitness bands to more targeted sports assist products. The Intel Basis Peak and the Microsoft Band offer a wealth of metrics and superior tracking. When fitness bands first hit the market, getting an accurate step count was challenging. Now, with the addition of heart rate, sweat and skin temperature monitoring, these bands offer Olympic-level support. The wealth of consumer level products doesn’t hurt either. These bands just get better with each generation.

The sports assist product range has exploded with nifty gadgets like Zepp for golfers, baseball players, tennis, or any game with a swing. It tracks your swing and compares it to the pros, letting you make adjustments.

Virtual Reality

While these face-covering displays may not fit the idea of the typical wearable, they are all set to take the entertainment market by storm in 2015. The much-anticipated Oculus Rift, first crowd funded on Kickstarter and later bought by Facebook for a whopping $2 billion price tag, is finally slated for general release in 2015. Sony also gets in on this new market with their entry Project Morpheus, designed to work with the PS4 and Vita game consoles.

Current and Future Impact of the Wearable Tech Revolution

What was once looked at as a passing fad is here to stay. The wearables market is projected to explode over the next five years, from 22 million to 177 million devices in use. As the market develops, it becomes more and more relevant to today’s retailers and as these devices become fixtures in our lives and attached to the web, the days of truly separating ourselves from technology, even temporarily, may be long gone.  In addition to the cultural and emotional shift that will take place, another seismic shift may happen in the workplace around BYOD.  Currently, the BYOD issues mainly revolve around smartphones and tablets.  With this entirely new generation wearables (some of which are internet enabled),  the present-day headaches for internal IT regarding employees and the security impact of their BYOD behavior may soon be referred to as the good old days.