Some decades ago, such devices as smart glasses or robotic hands could be seen only in science function books or movies. Now they have become a reality.
Even though it is too early to speak about their mass adoption, at least they are available, and step-by-step they are being integrated into various solutions and systems.
Nevertheless, already today there are wearables that are well-known to a very wide audience.
It is highly likely that you, or at least your friends, colleagues, or relatives, have such devices and rely on them in their real lives. We are talking about smartwatches and fitness trackers.
The choice of their models is rather impressive nowadays. They may have different functionality and capabilities.
While some devices have a very limited set of features, some others may even replace smartphones in some processes.
That’s why if you are considering an option to develop a smart watch app, it can be a very good idea as such solutions are gradually becoming more and more advanced and are actively gaining popularity
In 2022, the shipments of wearables worldwide stood at the mark of over 492 million units. This category of devices includes watches, wristbands, hearables, and others.
Though this figure indicates a quite serious decrease in comparison to the results demonstrated in 2021, in general analysts express rather positive opinions regarding the future of wearables that are developing together with the progress made in the Internet of Things field.
Let’s have a look at some of the spheres where smart wearables are used already today.
Wearables In Healthcare
Various bracelets and other devices can not only count the steps we made, but they can also help doctors track various vital parameters, including heart rate, blood sugar, oxygen in blood, etc.
What is even more important here is that devices can conduct measurements continuously and quickly react to any dangerous changes in these parameters.
Thanks to this, doctors can timely take all the required measures that can help to save a patient’s life.
Such devices can revolutionize the approaches that are currently implemented for dealing with chronic diseases.
By getting access to vitals in real-time even in a fully remote format, doctors can make better decisions regarding future treatment and medications, etc.
Wearables In Sports
Actually, you do not have to be a professional athlete to wear a fitness tracker. Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean that professional athletes do not use them.
They also may have either commonly used devices or more advanced and feature-rich wearables that will be more convenient for them to have on their bodies during games and competitions.
The data accumulated by such wearables is important for coaches to better plan the training process, understand the physical state of each athlete, as well as to see the strengths and weaknesses of each player.
It is expected that already in the near future, generative AI tools will be perceived as absolutely common features in wearables.
Thanks to artificial intelligence in general (and large language models in particular), our smartwatches and other devices will be able to act as our personal assistants.
For example, if you have an AI-powered fitness tracker, it can become your fitness guide that will help you to make your training sessions much more efficient and result-oriented.
Smart glasses powered by the latest developments in AR and AI can also greatly change a lot of spheres, including but not limited to warehouse management.
Thanks to such glasses, warehouse operators and workers will be able to better plan and fulfill all the set tasks.
We can consider the vision-picking processes as an example. The tasks themselves are shown to employees in the form of text and images just in front of their eyes, on the display of their glasses.
There also can be verbal information that will complement the visual instructions. It means that workers get all the required information immediately without the need to stop, look for papers, or open any apps on a tablet.
To confirm their activities users can use their voices and scan barcodes. Moreover, such smart glasses can also provide navigation which helps workers get from one point to another as soon as possible.
As well as any other technology, wearables are gradually evolving. They are becoming more convenient to use, more reliable, secure, and feature-rich.
Already now some of them are affordable for a wide group of potential users while the most innovative wearables are available only in the form of prototypes and their implementation requires quite serious investments.
Given all the new opportunities that the implementation of wearable devices can bring to all groups of users, including businesses, organizations, and individuals, it will be absolutely sensible to presuppose that the work on the development of such devices will continue.
And it means that in the future we will be able to observe the introduction of new innovative solutions with cutting-edge functionality.