What Might the Future of Wearables Look Like?

February 18, 2015

10:00 am

The Application Developers Alliance recently released a new whitepaper from their Internet of Things (IoT) series, The Internet of Me: How Wearable Tech is Changing the Internet of Things. Specifically, this paper looks to the future of an exciting and evolving industry to educate developers what they should expect as time marches forward.

Last year proved that wearable devices are not only mainstream, but also continually trending upwards in popularity thanks to the success of platforms like the Apple Watch and FitBit. However, as the industry grows and developers become familiar with the vast opportunities regarding wearables, exciting innovations are just around the corner.

With an in-depth analysis of trends, functionality, and cross-industry collaboration, the whitepaper serves as a how-to and best-practices guide for exploring the wearable IoT arena.

Trends

As consumer adoption continues to rise, developers need to acknowledge the demographics involving wearable tech trends. For example, research shows that men are more interested than women when it comes to purchasing fitness-related wearables.

With both qualitative and quantitative data in mind, developers need to focus on the human experience in order to create wearable tech that meets the expectations of consumers.

Functionality

In the true spirit of the IoT, wearable tech involves layered, mindful design and programming. With full control over how the electronics interact with the body, connectivity to other devices, and data display and storage, developers can master the art of wearable devices.

In effect that shifts the center of the internet from a person’s phone to their watch. By understanding the individual components necessary, development for these devices will continue to improve as adoption and demand rises.

Cross-Industry Collaboration

Community will prove to be key in the rise of wearable devices. Although startup companies are proving to be the most funded in this space, they often lack the resources necessary to act quickly and efficiently.

Similarly, large corporations hold necessary resources, but may need to shorten the time from development to market. A focus on cross-industry collaboration can build a network of businesses and developers that will enable and power the growth of a new wearable tech space.

We’re on the cusp of the IoT, and, if developed correctly, wearables will only further this paradigm shift.

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Will is a Senior Writer with Tech.Co, based out of America's Finest City: San Diego. He covers all territory West of the Mississippi river, digging deep for awesome local entrepreneurs, companies, and ideas. He's the resident Android junkie and will be happy to tell you why you should switch to the OS. When he's off the clock, Will focuses his literary talent on the art of creative writing...or you might find him surfing in Ocean Beach. Follow Will on Twitter @WJS1988

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