It is expected that the increased adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) will have a wide range of effects by 2025, including the increased use of wearable devices.
The 2014 Future of the Internet canvassing conducted by the Pew Research Internet Project found that respondents thought that “the opportunities and challenges resulting from amplified connectivity will influence nearly everything, nearly everyone, nearly everywhere.”
Of the 1,606 experts who responded to the question of whether they thought the IoT would affect people’s lives by 2025, 83 per cent said yes. They also identified main themes that they thought would contribute to the use of the IoT and its affect in society. One of the main themes identified was wearable computing devices.
These devices come in many forms from watches and bracelets to glasses and smart badges. They allow consumers to use technology hands-free.
Chief scientist for Salesforce.com, JP Rangaswami, said that new technology such as Google Glass will continue to adapt to the point where it is an embedded device. This would mean rather than smart glasses, people could wear smart contact lenses.
Furthermore, Paul Saffo, managing director of Discern Analytics believes that a single device that performs multiple functions is not the way of the future.
“The biggest shift is a strong move away from a single do-everything device to multiple devices with overlapping functions and, above all, an inter-relationship with our other devices.”
A 2014 report by Deloitte University Press believes that the opportunities for gathering information and engaging with consumers and employees will benefit businesses. Mobile apps and sensors that can be utilised by different wearables can have a wide range of benefits such as monitoring the sleepiness of truck drivers to helping firefighters identify when they are showing early signs of heat distress.
The authors of the report argue that processes similar to mobile device management will need to be put in place to ensure the devices are used correctly and have maximum utility.
Samsung already have a range of wearable devices, and Apple is widely expected to announce a product shortly – potentially at their September 9th event just announced.