So many cliché terms are synonymous with motivation and self-help products out there. “Live life to the fullest”, “get everything you want out of life”, “love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life”, and perhaps the most well-known:
Achieve a “work-life balance”.
We’re not motivational speakers and can’t sell you our secrets to happiness, but we can tell you about what could become the center beam of the work-life scale.
While the industry is still relatively new, its implications are seemingly limitless. The devices being created are revolutionizing healthcare, personal well-being, and workplace productivity.
There are so many ways this tech is already improving the overall lifestyles of millions (along with apps), it would be difficult to list them all. It’s also truly exciting to see what will eventually unfold in this particular field, but we’ll talk about how you (and Koombea) can help create the future a little further down. First, we’re going to take a look at six different ways wearable tech is improving multiple aspects of work and life.
Ready? We thought so.
Note: Obviously, part of your life is comprised of work. Our two sections are work-specific and life outside of work (for those sticklers out there).
Wearable Tech for Your Work
Office Health/Worker Health
The most exploited benefit of wearable tech has to be the health implications. Not only physical health, but devices have been shown to improve the health of teams in the office. Here are a few ways this is currently happening:
- Seating alarms: Apple Watch and other devices alert stationary workers every hour to give the opportunity to get up and move around (great for offices).
- Time Track: Keep track of the amount of time spent staring at screens to combat eye strain and on a particular project to lessen poor emotions leading to office quarrels.
- Improves Communication: No more missing messages or being left out by accident. With messages sent directly to your body, you’ll always be in the know (also increasing mood).
Wearable Stat: One recent study showed that wearable devices improved job satisfaction by over 3%.
Studies are beginning to show how wearable will influence the workplace. In the U.K., for instance, employers are able to gauge productivity and compare to data given to them by participating employees. When the data is paired with goals, quotas and other metrics, it has become clear that eating and sleeping habits have a profound impact on overall performance.
The resulting information allows employers to assist workers in suggesting and even providing means to help improve these conditions.
Furthermore, keeping tabs on assignments and progress lessens the need for managers to be “over the shoulder” of employees. Micro-managing is an irritant in many office environments that slows productivity.
Wearable Stat: That same study concluded that workers with wearable devices were almost 9% more productive.
Better for Customers
Perhaps the biggest beneficiary from the impact wearables will have on the workplace will be consumers.
These devices are being incorporated at the enterprise level at an incredible rate due to the personalized connection their staff can have with potential and current clients. A virtual red-carpet can be rolled out with great speed and personalization. Conversions and sales can be increased by sales teams having everything they need at hand right when the prospect wants it.
Large businesses will continue to incorporate and institute pilot programs making the future of business and wearable bright.
Wearable Tech for Life (Outside of Work)
Again, fitness and health are the primary driving force to wearable tech (for now). Although, it’s not just about FitBits anymore. Clothing, footwear, and even underpants are being connected to help you become the best you can be. Here are a few of the top ways they are changing the fitness game:
- Injury Prevention: Compression shirts that can actually warn you when you’re in danger of pulling a muscle or tearing a ligament have already been developed to keep baseball players from hurting their pitching arm.
- Healthier Odor Prevention: One product currently being developed promises to trap odor-causing molecules created by sweating during workouts (a safer alternative to deodorant).
- Elderly Health: Wearables are being adopted by the elderly to help them avoid injury and improve their health in the later years of life.
Saves Lives (and Makes Us Safer)
Safety is among the benefits that wearable tech brings to the table. More and more devices are pairing up with great apps (using things like open data) to create a better world of tomorrow. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Pain Relief Patch: Much like you would use a bandage to cover an open wound, tech is being developed to relieve pain associated with several injuries by covering them with a smart device.
- Elderly Accidents: Multiple devices are being developed for our elderly population (as discussed above) and some of them are saving lives. From a shirt that monitors vital signs to incontinence underwear that can alert nurses of accidents, there are many innovations.
- Road Safety: A cell phone user checks their phone up to 200 times per day. Some of these are unfortunately while driving a vehicle. Wearables will soon alert drivers of notifications in safe ways (like glasses or vehicle paired displays).
- Travel: From backpacks with wireless solar lights to drinking containers that read the toxicity level of water, the outdoorsman can benefit from current and upcoming tech.
Helps Us Relax and Enjoy Things
One of the largest sectors of wearable technology has to be the devices that entertain. The availability of wireless and the world of IoT have truly made this a fun time for tech and there are a ton of available devices. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Gaming: Virtual Reality (VR) hopes to change the very nature of video gaming. Could the level of technology finally be there? We think so.
- Music Quality: So many headphones exist, including one that costs $50,000. However, the demand for them and higher quality continues to rise.
- Sports and Recreation: GPS for golf, tech that tracks your swimming performance and devices in development for most popular sports means a renaissance of sporting is due to erupt.
- Toys: Wearable and toys seem to go together fairly well. You can take any major action movie and make it even more realistic in the hands of a child. Imagine being able to live like the heroes you watch on the big screen.
Wearable Stat: 245 Million wearable devices are expected to be sold in 2019 alone.
Building the Future
Perhaps the most intriguing part of wearable technology is its potential. The benefits from current uses will only improve and give way to even better uses in the future. The only problem is they haven’t been created, yet. New apps are bound to come, but will heavily rely on sound ideas and available open data.
Every wearable needs great software, and that is exactly what Koombea delivers.
If you need world-class developers to help on your app (or other software) for this tech market, contact us to see if we are a good fit for your wearable plans.