In computing, wearable technology, or "wearables," is the technology of wearing electronic devices as accessories, embedding them into clothing, implanting them into the body, or even tattooing them on the skin. These microprocessor-driven devices, capable of sending and receiving data via the Internet, are hands-free gadgets with practical applications.
It's no secret that wearables have grown in popularity over the past few years, but the basic idea isn't anything new. Wearables are simple, and if you've ever worn a wristwatch, you've already used one.
Wearables nowadays have the capability to communicate with existing devices, such as computers and smartphones, allowing them to do many interesting things.
Listed below are several types of wearable technologies with notable business, personal, and health applications in the modern workplace. Apart from that, there are many others, but these are just a few common ones.
Smartwatches- Smart watches are probably the most well-known and widely used smart wearables in the workplace today. By connecting the smartwatch to your smartphone, the wearer can read and send new messages, check calls etc, from the watch without having to pick up and look at the phone. Isn't this something cool?
Smart jewelry- It is the logical conclusion of ongoing research on how to integrate health tracking capabilities into smaller smart wearables. Perhaps the most common type of smart jewelry is a smart ring. Brands mount on standard finger-like rings and receive health tracking data that users can later view on their smartphones.
Fitness trackers- These monitors your steps taken, heart rate, calories burned, and a range of other fitness metrics. With time they will be assessing more things and generating more accurate results.
Implantables - The implantable type touches the user's body from the inside, not the skin. For example, Proteus, which is currently bankrupt, has manufactured tablets that contain sensors that can monitor blood pressure and other health indicators. After the patient swallowed the pill, he was able to wear an external device to easily monitor the data generated in the body. In the near future, smart tattoos may also be available to patients who need an easy way to remember to carry a surveillance device with them at all times.
Let’s dive into what are things to keep in mind while developing wearable technology
You know how you get irritated by the constant buzzing of messages on phone. Imagine getting that on your wrist.
Did you get us? Right? Do not have too many promoted messages or anything which is not of much value to the user. Try if it's possible for the user to select which notifications he/she wants.
Usually, wearable devices are small, so make sure whatever information you are providing it should be short and sweet, don’t exaggerate the information. You should also prioritise the information, too much information will harm the user experience.
Given that a lot of information is usually packed into a small area, make sure you use a design language that makes the information easily accessible. The wearable technology design is very crucial.
Minimize user's efforts. For example, when users have to reply to a message using a smartwatch, don’t show you can write your text here. Offer quick pre-defined responses and provide a voice input option in wearable UI if a longer response is required. Make wearable technology user interface in such a way that it ease user’s inputs.
Wearable applications need to function well with the physical body to which they are attached. This requires a thorough understanding of anatomy and behavior, along with the ability to track movement.
Likewise, if the item isn't worn on the body, you should ensure that it complements and/or blends with current fashion trends. The design plays a big role.
Not only in the wearable business but in any other business where three are n no of competitors, you should bring something unique to the table, otherwise, there is no point coming out. Are you solving some problems that others have not? Is your price is a negotiator point?
With body contact, you can take a lot of users’ personal and biological data. Make sure the user is well informed what all data you are taking because if not, it will be the reason for your fall.
Don't ignore cyber threats or forget that wearable devices and associated apps all have the potential to create a wide range of threats.
Wearable devices can display a lot of personal information like private conversations or data related to health and unlike smartphones, which are usually concealed in a pocket, wearables are in plain sight.
When designing wearable UI, designers should always opt for more privacy. Cybercriminals have demonstrated their ability to compromise networks and data using anything connected to the internet.
When designing wearable tech, you shouldn't consider those devices in isolation. An important aspect of integrating wearables with users' digital ecosystems is to rely on their strengths to improve the ecosystem.
Data collection may be done with a wearable device such as a blood pressure monitor or heart health companion app, but data review and analysis can be carried out using a smartphone.
The most effective wearable apps not only provide information, but also assist you in getting around. With a well-designed user interface that is responsive to touch and gesture input, users can move from screen to screen without stuttering or being interrupted by their workflow.
The Future of Wearable technologies in India seems bright. And it will be introduced in many arena’s.
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