It used to be the sci-fi enthusiasts dream scenarios – a future where communicators are worn, information is seamlessly delivered on all surfaces, learning is interactive.
Looking around, it definitely feels like a future that existed in fiction not so long ago is very much around us today. A major chunk of this change has been driven by the desire of the people to have access to better options: and yet, there is a feeling – a feeling that the true bloom is yet to happen.
Where are wearables today vis-s-vis IoT enabled devices? We look around and feel that while there is a huge possibility it has not yet been realised. Read on as we present our views.
It’s not function, it’s fashion
A great wearable is functionally advanced, that is one assured trait of these new comers; yet how many of them create an aesthetic bond? A device that is seen to be almost an extension of the person should accommodate some of the individuals tastes. When Glass came out it was the height of wearable computing but there were reams of print on how the device itself evoked an emotional response. Apple, Samsung and a host of others have their wearables line but none have etched themselves into the psyches of the public like their other devices. Companies, big and small, are now looking at the fashion element. The latest effort from Fitbit, looking at the design of Alta, is indicative of the way things will be. To make it usable, intelligent design is key.
The price is right – Or Is It?
Advances in manufacturing processes, 3D printing processes and API technology have pushed the prices of wearables down. True strength will be contributed to the wearables ecosystem only when each unit starts interacting with each other seamlessly. As the numbers increase social value will bring down the costs. Even early adopters are part of this ecosystem where their numbers push for faster advances. The more we get to investigate and understand these systems the faster they all link up. Healthcare, security, transport and a hundred other daily activities stand to benefit. We are poised at that point where a slight nudge with the right prices will yield massive benefits for the common man.
Easy access to information
A detail that seems inconsequential at first but plays a massive role in the adoption of IoT devices is what happens to the information. Today the user is presented with more options to consume and interact, yet it still remains to be seen if information has been genuinely made available by the wearable or if it is just replicated. Projects abound on the web taking a fresh look at what is already around – the only limitation in place is imagination. By channeling information to the right points the entire system can be restructured. The story of smart rings provides a riveting read.
Smartron is constantly looking to make things better, to engineer a better system. The way forward is to innovate and offer an idea for consumption not just a device. Our efforts focus on melding these insights into our work. While this is not an exhaustive list, these are pressure points that will effect a massive change. What do you think? Do tell us if there is an angle to this development that you have an eye on. Be a part of the discussion.