Wearable Device Tweaks
Though for many of us wearable tech still equates to the fitness monitor we had to have, loved for a month, and then forgot about, or perhaps the smartwatch that was going to revolutionize our lives but now just tells us the time, the adoption rates of this technology are increasing rapidly and perhaps we should thank a few forward-thinking developers for this trend. Though fitness monitors certainly have their place, and many athletes swear by them, the wearable tech coming out today promises far more for the everyman with the latest devices supporting third-party apps, offering relevant insights into our lives, and making the things we do every day more enjoyable. The next generation of wearable device tweaks promises better engagement and enhanced fulfillment through the activities that matter to us the most.
Much excitement exists around the realm of Big Data and all that it promises, and wearable tech is one of the most personalized collectors of such data. No longer simply measuring primary health metrics such as heart rate and sleep, wearable tech is now able to track far more personal statistics such as locations visited, time spent on specific websites and applications, stress levels, comprehensive body functions, and much more. In fact, we’re reaching a stage where if you want to track it, somebody is probably developing a device so that you can. The value of this very specific and personalized data is, of course, customized insights that pertain directly to the user for enhanced engagement in everything they’re already doing.
An area not often reflected on with regards to wearable tech, security is, in fact, at the fore of many of these devices. From GPS locators ensuring that children are safely where they should be to panic buttons that send emergency services location and trauma details, wearable tech is helping keep us safe and offering peace of mind. Of course, if you’re not a fan of Big Brother watching your every move you might have some reservations, but that’s a debate for another day.
Though still an area in the earlier stages of development, wearable educational devices could soon be encouraging us to stay focused both through devices that track our awareness and mechanisms that enhance our engagement. Already virtual reality is being used to provide experience-style education systems in many schools, but it might not be long before the majority of classrooms are equipped with sensors that help educators understand how best to captivate students through the monitoring of vital statistics or devices that expertly train users in practical applications.
Just For Fun
And let’s not forget the most appealing part of our day; wearables further promote good ol’ fashioned fun, enhancing our downtime by finding ways to make our leisure activities even more amusing. The mind-boggling craze Pokémon GO is one point in case, though I’ll admit perhaps suggesting this leisure activity is ‘traditional’ might be going a bit far. Already the Pokémon GO developers are looking for new ways of boosting user engagement with the possibilities of augmented reality technology and wearable technology coming up trumps. For those less inclined to wander the streets searching for stray Pokémon, however, developers are producing leisure devices with many other functions; UV sensors that monitor sun exposure, shoes that steer you in the right direction, selfie drones, and even cocktail-making dresses. If you can think it…
No matter your preferences, there’s probably already a wearable device designed to enrich your life. Though Gartner observes that “most wearables are still exploratory products,” the next decade is likely to see an influx of gadgets that monitor and improve a variety of fields and maximize user engagement in real life.
By Jennifer Klostermann