**The media is awry with technological solutions that propose to make us healthier, but it is the introduction of wearables in to the professional world that look set to take businesses by storm in 2015. **
**We are in an all-consuming age… **A recent report from Pew Research Center Internet Project states that 83% of industry experts believe that wearable technology will become increasingly popular within the next 10 years and that by 2025, we’ll be fully immersed in the Internet of Things (IoT).
Types of wearable technology we can expect to see more of include watches, rings, clothes, glasses and even touchscreen armbands. This technology has developed in line with the rise of “on demand” services, cloud capabilities and flexible working.
Advantages to Businesses
The collaborative software available via wearable devices has the potential to revolutionise industries. Business software solutions are already offering integration with mobile devices, and in 2015 we can expect a move into wearable software integration, making data and information more accessible while on the move.
Wearables are already benefitting the healthcare industry, with the ability to track heart issues, detect blood pressures, track fitness, and much more. Retail, distribution, manufacturing and construction industries can expect to****see a rise in wearables in the near future. The ability to access documents on the go and create automatic processes that allow employees to become more productive and safe will make businesses more cost efficient.
As a result of this industrial revolution, IT and technology industries are set to boom with the increased demand for wearable software and hardware. There will be a demand for responsive and interactive web design that allows navigation through voice control and access via a multitude of wearable devices. It is the creation of easy to use, multifunctional and personalised user experiences that are key to the success of these devices.
Disadvantages to Businesses
There is no doubt that wearable tech will impact web design, but this in turn could cost businesses thousands of pounds. As discussed on Webdesignledger.com “…the introduction of mobile technology, such as smart phones and tablets, challenged the web design community to create responsive language. In much that same way, the advent of wearable tech will cause designers to streamline and ruthlessly edit the superfluous.”
This advancement in technology will likely see an increase in BYOW (bring your own wearable) just as we’ve seen BYOD (bring your own device) gain traction, which means it will just as likely to become a security threat. As I explained in a recent blog post, “Hierarchal security needs implementing to ensure only those with the right level of access can access data.” More processes and procedures must be introduced to accommodate this evolution of technology to ensure businesses are safe and secure. Not only this, but correct use and care of these devices is imperative, as these devices have the potential to distract employees, making the workplace unsafe and unproductive.
The Future is Here
People want to control a multitude of activities via multifunctional devices. The internet of things is sure to determine the future of wearables. Connectivity, collaboration and communication, all of which increase productivity, are the future… And the future is here.
*“Remember that time is money.”
*-Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America.
This article was written by Anna Morrish, a marketing executive from DMCSoftware.co.uk. She has an extensive knowledge of inbound marketing having a background in both agency and in-house positions. Anna has written for a wide variety of magazines, newspapers and online publications.