Market insights indicate that 411 million smart wearable devices, worth a staggering $34 billion, will be sold in 2020. Everyone is sporting technology closer and closer to the body. Some people use wearables to notify them when there are special events, text messages, or even road hazard alerts. Some have begun using them to enhance their gains, lose weight and get in shape.
When people speak about connectivity technologies they usually reference the ‘Internet of Things’. This is the concept where your whole house is automated and the security system, TV, home theater, refrigerator, thermostat, microwave, laundry units etc are all interconnected. They can usually be controlled in the palm of your hand via your everyday smartphone. These Smart Home technologies exist and are beginning to take on widespread use.
Wearable tech includes Smart Watches, Running Watches, Activity Trackers, Wearable Cameras, Smart Glasses, Gesture Controllers and Wireless Healthcare Devices. These devices can help you in your fitness journey by counting your steps. Some monitor your heart rate to keep you ‘in the zone’. Others track your sleeping habits and monitor how much you toss and turn throughout the night. They can track the amount of calories you’ve burned as well by using calculations with your weight and your sustained heart beats per minute. These pieces of technology can be just the motivation you need to raise your activity level, similar to playing a digital game on the move.
Demonstrations at CES 2016 have shown us that the Smart Home and Smart Wearables markets are about to merge. Imagine the scenario where you return home after your daily run through the park. Your wearable signals the home security system which conveniently unlocks your front door. You enter and the home-networked thermostat notices your raised body temperature and increased heart rate via the wearable tech. It lowers the temperature in the house slightly to cool you down. You walk into the kitchen and your smart-connected coffee maker begins brewing your favorite French Vanilla coffee for the morning ahead. After getting a quick cup of coffee you walk over to the living room and your Smart TV Home Theater comes to life. It almost instinctively jumps to the morning news and shows you the morning traffic specifically for your commute to work. All of these settings and more are either set individually by the user or figured out by the technology after habitual use. Wearables are panning out to be the future of fitness and convenience.