Wearable technology – or simply, wearables – has moved past the prototype stage and firmly established itself as an evolving product category. Expert forecasts say wearables are destined to succeed and estimate the wearable device market will grow exponentially, reaching over USD 12.5 billion in value by 2018.
As activity monitors and smart watches gain in popularity, wearable device manufacturers realize the potential of their products to cross over into other industries like healthcare, fashion, sports, and many others.
We’ll take a closer look into some of the predictions regarding the future of the wearable technology market and how wearables will integrate into our daily lives.
Electronics merged with textiles to create fashionable and functional “smart clothing” – this is the future of the wearable tech trend. This might sound sci-fi right now, but professional athletes, astronauts, and even Cirque du Soleil performers have already embraced the benefits of using smart clothing products.
An ESPN study shows that the Golden State Warriors – the 2015 NBA champions – had fewer minutes lost to injury than any other team during their championship season. Experts attribute the team’s lack of injuries to their use of wearable technology during practice, which allows coaches to monitor fatigue, heart rate, and force applied on knees and ankles – all common causes of sports injuries in basketball – signaling when to rest their players as a preventative measure against trauma.
How Wearables Can Improve Safety And Efficiency In Surgery – Wearable Tech
Researchers in the UK are collaborating on the design of a Google Glass-like device that would give a surgeon direct access to all patient’s information that may be needed during surgery, replacing the current modus operandi where the lead surgeon depends on a colleague to communicate information on a patient from a separate screen in the operating room. The use of this technology could improve accuracy, precision, and thus the safety of both routine and complicated surgeries.
Imagine if all patients suffering from asthma, diabetes, or congestive heart failure were able to closely monitor their own condition at home by using a small lightweight device to measure their oxygen saturation, blood glucose, or changes in blood pressure. Integrating wearable technology into medical care would allow doctors to manage people in the outpatient setting, thus reducing ER visits, hospitalizations and consequently, the cost of medical care.
Consumer Electronics Show 2015: Wearables Everywhere – MIT Technology Review
The annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is known to reveal the industry’s best guess of what consumers might want next. This year, companies at CES displayed every imaginable wearable gadget, affirming the popular prediction that wearables technology is poised to go big.