The Future For Wearable Technology
Wearable technology has become one of the fastest growing markets in the technology sector and is expected to be worth a massive $34 billion by 2020. A wearable device is one that can be worn on the human body, or electronic technology that can be incorporated into an item that can be comfortably worn on the body. It is often used for tracking the wearer's vital signs or to capture data such as number of steps, location and other info related to health and fitness.
Wearable tech has become popular in households within the last few years, but it has been used within business, military and by medical professionals for decades. However, in recent years, the market has evolved and is now being dominated by fitness gadgets and smartwatches, for example the Apple Watch. The potential of this tech is huge, with even industries like online gaming and casinos looking to see how they can use it to enhance their offerings. So for example, Microgaming has already developed slot games for smartwatches, making it quite possible to for partners like PartyCasino to offer their players the chance to enjoy their favourite online slots on their wrists.
Now smartwatches and health trackers are getting left behind in the wearable technology marketplace and a rise in wearable fashion tech is now taking off in a big way. The same chips that are used to power 'smartwatches', can also be embedded within clothing. Because the clothing that the chips can be embedded within is so close to the skin, it means that these 'smart fabrics' can go beyond the limits set by smartwatches and trackers, as they can almost 'read' our bodies.
One example of smart clothing is the smart commuter jacket, that has been devised by Google and Levi. It was initially designed to help cyclists commute to work more effectively and safer. The features this jacket possess includes touch sensitive fibres in the sleeve, enabling the wearer to take a phone call for example by tapping their sleeve.
As expected many of the smart clothes that have been introduced to the market so far are focused on improving and monitoring sports performance. Smart shirts and shorts can now monitor data such as breathing, heart rate and movement for example. The popular brand, Under Armour have now released a line of smart sleepwear, that is designed to help the recovery of athletes. Each piece of clothing in this line has a print on the inside that absorbs the wearer's natural heat and reflects it back in the form of far infra-red energy. These reflective properties are supposed to help athletes recover quicker.
We will continue to see new developments and creations within wearable tech, but this is going to be focused on smart clothing. An example of this is the bikini, where the person wearing the garment can expect to get notifications about when to apply sunscreen. Smart socks will be able to track data in terms of walking and running.
It is predicted that the wearable tech market will be less about the consumer tech and gadgets that we see in stores. With more attention and focus being in other fields such as health and well-being, together with how it can be used to have a positive impact upon lives. In fact, we are already seeing the development of digital pills, which is making a huge difference in people's lives. However, one thing is for certain, wearable technology is here to stay and its future applications/benefits are limitless.