The Internet of Everything: Wearables

The Internet of Everything: Wearables

The Internet of Everything: Wearables

Imagine a hospital gown capable of reading a patient’s vital signs even during a walk to the washroom or around the grounds. Imagine military fatigues capable of detecting gunshots and allowing for split-second protective or retaliatory action against snipers. Imagine your next smartphone as a color-coordinated piece of jewelry mounted in your lapel or worn as a necklace allowing hands-free communication with your clients, your car and your home-delivery grocery list, or one that could transmit business contact information and up-to-date product website links to a prospect through a handshake.

internetofeverything

These are just a few of the types of applications that fall under the category of wearables in the expanding universe of the Internet of Everything. They represent the next generation of Internet usage, following in the footsteps of Generation 1 (web pages and email), and Generation 2 (social media), in which technology is not merely placed on the physical body, but is in touch with dozens, hundreds or thousands of other devices, not just computers, through a wide range of networks, from traditional Wi-Fi through to a personal body area network connected, for example, to a heart and health monitor worn on the wrist.

Wearables are coming…

Wearables are coming to the consumer and industrial markets quickly and from all directions, and analysts, both technical and financial, are expecting the total market value in this area to increase ten-fold – from $3-5 billion to $30-50 billion – over the next three to five years.

When confronted with the term wearables, many people think first of Google Glass, the lens-mounted computer that is still in its early days in terms of functionality and acceptance. But Google Glass is not so much a wearable as it is a wearable smartphone. True wearables are integrated into a person’s physical space and compute and communicate in a more subtle and agile fashion. Imagine, for example, a personal monitor in the form of a tattoo that detects rising levels of stress through electrical signals, heart rate and hydration levels – a monitor that automatically talks to your house to set the lighting and temperature to an optimum level for relaxation and health, suggests an ideal low-sugar, low sodium snack, and where to buy it, and also chats with your car to program the best route home in order to avoid traffic jams and to maximize a decompression environment. Imagine a Bluetooth enabled dental implant that monitors chewing technique or alcohol intake.

If these ideas seem far-fetched or unnecessary, it is important to recognize that many innovations seem that way at first glance. From backup cameras to baby monitors to Aspirin, all new devices and solutions always seem unnecessary until they suddenly become indispensable. Sometimes the initial prototype even seems to lack a purpose – why after all, would anyone want a Bluetooth chip in their teeth – until someone else comes along and integrates this idea with one of their own. In the same vein, people once asked why anyone would want a camera in their phone, or a computer in their house. Further back in time people once asked why anyone would want to use a plastic card to make purchases when paper cash was already good enough. Or even why anyone would want to travel in a horseless carriage.

Amid the reactions posited by the naysayers, innovations have a marvelous habit of tweaking, evolving and parlaying themselves into useful inventions through a dynamic and growing web of interconnected minds, now no longer held apart by distance, country or even age.

Success secret for wearables

The success secret for wearables in the next five years will be in its sources of power. With conventional batteries, such as Lithium-Ion, reaching a plateau in terms of power-versus-size-and-cost, other sources are being developed, which include rechargeable silicon wafer-based solid-state batteries, near-field charging, which picks up energy waves from a transmitter (the same way a radio does), or energy harvesting, which converts energy either from sunlight exposure or kinetic movement. Many wearables will be built to take advantage of all of these sources, switching between them as circumstances allow.

In addition to the power source, wearables will also work using ultra-low-power processors, tiny mobile sensors and wireless networking, all built on a scale that makes a penny or dime huge in comparison, and which essentially “disappear” into any product.

Wearables form a key component of the Internet of Everything revolution, and they reinforce the notion that ultimately everything can become smart. As opposed to being merely gadgets, IoE wearables will become smart versions of already useful products.

The potential for mobile applications in the business sphere is huge and essentially unlimited. Basically anything that an individual carries on their person at this moment, from car keys to business cards, from a phone to bank cards, can and will eventually be absorbed into some type of wearable, replacing today’s hard devices in exactly the same way that bank cards did actually replace most paper money in many parts of the world, and cellphones eclipsed payphones.

As companies and entrepreneurs assess the growing and ever-changing frontier of cloud-based computing, there is constant challenge and wonder in visualizing just how a wearable technology could improve life and maximize opportunity for people all over the planet.

This is a sponsored post by InnovateThink and Cisco.

By Steve Prentice

About Steve Prentice

Steve Prentice is a project manager, writer, speaker and expert on productivity in the workplace, specifically the juncture where people and technology intersect. He is a senior writer for CloudTweaks.

Find out more
View All Articles

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Comic
Martech In A Content Crazed World

Martech In A Content Crazed World

Content Crazed World Everywhere you look there are pop-up ads and offers, at times it can feel like overload. What used to be a few online ads on websites has now grown into a wild world of offers that consume your every device. These advancements in marketing technology can not only be overwhelming to the…

Hubgets – Advanced Collaboration, Enriched Communication

Hubgets – Advanced Collaboration, Enriched Communication

Advanced Collaboration Tool Sponsored series provided in collaboration with Hubgets Collaboration tools have advanced leaps and bounds with the advent of cloud technology, and the services available are only getting better. Promising features such as sophisticated group communication, productive management of tasks and meetings, and the ultimate dream, working remotely from some gorgeous island destination, innovative collaboration…

Verizon To Acquire Yahoo For $4.83 Billion

Verizon To Acquire Yahoo For $4.83 Billion

Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) said it had agreed to buy Yahoo Inc’s (YHOO.O) core internet business for $4.83 billion in cash, ending a lengthy sale process for the fading Web pioneer. Buying Yahoo’s operations will boost Verizon’s AOL internet business, which it bought last year for $4.4 billion, by giving it access to Yahoo’s advertising…

When Sci-Fi Predictions Come To Fruition

When Sci-Fi Predictions Come To Fruition

Evolution of Technologies To paraphrase science fiction author Arthur C. Clark, those who make predictions about the future are either “considered conservative now and mocked later, or mocked now and proved right when they are no longer around to enjoy the acclaim.” The one thing we can be sure about, Clark ventured, is that “[the…

Facebook Hopes To Extend Internet Connectivity With Solar-Powered Drones

Facebook Hopes To Extend Internet Connectivity With Solar-Powered Drones

Facebook Inc (FB.O) said on Thursday it had completed a successful test flight of a solar-powered drone that it hopes will help it extend internet connectivity to every corner of the planet. Aquila, Facebook’s lightweight, high-altitude aircraft, flew at a few thousand feet for 96 minutes in Yuma, Arizona, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg wrote in…

Cloud-based GRC Intelligence Supports Better Business Performance

Cloud-based GRC Intelligence Supports Better Business Performance

Cloud-based GRC Intelligence All businesses need a strategy and processes for governance, risk and compliance (GRC). Many still view GRC activity as a burdensome ‘must-do,’ approaching it reactively and managing it with non-specialized tools. GRC is a necessary business endeavor but it can be elevated from a cost drain to a value-add activity. By integrating…

Digital Transformation: Not Just For Large Enterprises Anymore

Digital Transformation: Not Just For Large Enterprises Anymore

Digital Transformation Digital transformation is the acceleration of business activities, processes, and operational models to fully embrace the changes and opportunities of digital technologies. The concept is not new; we’ve been talking about it in one way or another for decades: paperless office, BYOD, user experience, consumerization of IT – all of these were stepping…

Connecting With Customers In The Cloud

Connecting With Customers In The Cloud

Customers in the Cloud Global enterprises in every industry are increasingly turning to cloud-based innovators like Salesforce, ServiceNow, WorkDay and Aria, to handle critical systems like billing, IT services, HCM and CRM. One need look no further than Salesforce’s and Amazon’s most recent earnings report, to see this indeed is not a passing fad, but…

The Security Gap: What Is Your Core Strength?

The Security Gap: What Is Your Core Strength?

The Security Gap You’re out of your mind if you think blocking access to file sharing services is filling a security gap. You’re out of your mind if you think making people jump through hoops like Citrix and VPNs to get at content is secure. You’re out of your mind if you think putting your…

Adopting A Cohesive GRC Mindset For Cloud Security

Adopting A Cohesive GRC Mindset For Cloud Security

Cloud Security Mindset Businesses are becoming wise to the compelling benefits of cloud computing. When adopting cloud, they need a high level of confidence in how it will be risk-managed and controlled, to preserve the security of their information and integrity of their operations. Cloud implementation is sometimes built up over time in a business,…

Moving Your Enterprise Apps To The Cloud Is A Business Decision

Moving Your Enterprise Apps To The Cloud Is A Business Decision

Moving Your Enterprise Apps Whether it be enterprise apps or any other, if there is any heavy data that is going to be transacted in and through an app, then affiliating it with the Cloud becomes a must. And then an important question arises: How do you decide when to integrate your enterprise app with…

Cloud Computing Then & Now

Cloud Computing Then & Now

The Evolving Cloud  From as early as the onset of modern computing, the possibility of resource distribution has been explored. Today’s cloud computing environment goes well beyond what most could even have imagined at the birth of modern computing and innovation in the field isn’t slowing. A Brief History Matillion’s interactive timeline of cloud begins…

The Big Data Movement Gets Bigger

The Big Data Movement Gets Bigger

The Big Data Movement In recent years, Big Data and Cloud relations have been growing steadily. And while there have been many questions raised around how best to use the information being gathered, there is no question that there is a real future between the two. The growing importance of Big Data Scientists and the…

Infographic: The Evolving Internet of Things

Infographic: The Evolving Internet of Things

Evolving Internet of Things  The Internet of Things, or IoT, a term devised in 1999 by British entrepreneur Kevin Ashton, represents the connection of physical devices, systems and services via the internet, and Gartner and Lucas Blake’s new infographic (below) explores the evolution of the IoT industry, investigating its potential impact across just about every…

15 Cloud Data Performance Monitoring Companies

15 Cloud Data Performance Monitoring Companies

Cloud Data Performance Monitoring Companies (Updated: Originally Published Feb 9th, 2015) We have decided to put together a small list of some of our favorite cloud performance monitoring services. In this day and age it is extremely important to stay on top of critical issues as they arise. These services will accompany you in monitoring…

Digital Marketing Driven by Cloud, Big Data and IoT

Digital Marketing Driven by Cloud, Big Data and IoT

Digital Marketing Successful digital marketing campaigns are being driven largely by trending technologies, specifically the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, and The Cloud. These may be used for a huge number of marketing applications, from optimizing the performance of sports teams to improving science and research, even helping to aid law enforcement. Amazon Web…