The wearable tech market is notably one of the fastest growing sectors in the broader tech industry. Given the rapid rate of development in this sector, it seems like it won’t take long for the wearable sector to become pervasive in many aspects of our social lives. From the simple fitness trackers and smartwatches, to highly-advanced sports gear and augmented and virtual reality headsets, there’s no denying the fact that wearables are becoming increasingly ubiquitous.
Regardless, one thing that’s for sure is that this revolution is not about to stop any time soon. In fact, any tech geek or professional like Josh Team KW can predict with certainty that the demand for wearable tech will transform into a more seamless merge between people and technology. But is that really where humans are headed? Here are four predictions for the future of wearables.
Less Visible Smartwatches
The chances are that wearable technologies will continue to become less visible even as their popularity and pervasiveness increases. Instead of looking like a clip-on tracker or a fitness band, wearable devices such as smartwatches, apple watch straps will end up looking more like part of usual clothing or jewelry. Some manufacturers have already started doing this, with smartwatches that come with a traditional watch face rather than a screen.
From necklaces to bracelets, objects that people wear on their bodies regularly are a personal thing. However, it is not likely that one wearable could be desirable so much that a person would want to wear it all the time, unless the item serves as a critical medical requirement like hearing. Wearable manufacturers have already started employing a personalized approach to the wearable tech they are releasing. Some of the technologies nest inside a collection of jewelry that an individual can choose from and wear on a particular day.
Wearables that Help to Solve Medical Conditions
Most of the popular wearable devices that are currently in the market are aimed at helping to improve the user’s fitness and health. However, wearable manufacturers are pushing the boundaries further and are in the process of developing wearables that not only monitor health issues, but also solve medical conditions. For instance, there’s now an artificial pancreas under development for people with diabetes. The device can monitor blood sugar levels as well as automatically deliver insulin into the wearer’s body.
Greater Energy Efficiency and Alternative Energy
Alternative sources of energy for powering wearable devices are also increasingly gaining traction. As at 2014, some clothing manufacturers had already launched apparel with solar cells to power devices like smartphones. Also, kinetic energy-powered gadgets are on the rise and they will become more pervasive as the technology gets more refined with time. Some gadgets use body heat to power LED lights on wearables like finger rings and wrist bands.
Smartwatches, VR and AR headsets, and fitness trackers have increasingly become pervasive in today’s society. All signs in the tech development field indicate that wearables will continue to be even more popular in the future. No wonder wearable manufacturers and tech companies are naturally finding novel and innovative ways to apply wearables to people’s everyday lives.