Will we ever see an all-in-one wearable device?
With all the talk of future wearable tech, I’ve been asked this questions regarding “all-in-one devices” on countless occasions. I’m not sure if you can relate to this, but when I was first asked about future all in one devices my first thought was Bobs keytool named “Glitch” from the animated TV series Reboot.. Glitch can become almost anything from a skill saw to energy shields and such. Realistically, this is still far away from where we are today.
What would an all in one device need to do?
Current all-in-one devices
An all-in-one device to many people is likely a smartphone. It tracks time, makes phone calls, text, social networking and search the web while on the move. Not to mention the ability to play games and activities. This however, may soon change when newer technology is designed to make life,, simpler..
Everything in an all-in-one
Before diving into making an an all-in-one wearable device, innovators must take a few things into perspective.
- First off, let’s look at things we do (or should do) almost every day of our life:
- Eat/Drink – Calorie, Hydration, and glucose tracking.
- Exercise – Tracking steps, distance, swimming and more.
- Work – Alarms, reminders, notes, GPS, email or other tools.
- Sleep – Track duration of sleep, levels of sleep, interruptions, etc,.
- Then we have other preferences:
- Phone Calls
- Text Messaging
- Social Networking
- Web Surfing
When designing an all-in-one wearable device, practicality should always be a top priority.
- This is where some devices such as smart watches fall short. The size of screen and features such as text messaging can be difficult. The Will.i.am smart band claims to simplify using a small screen but others say it’ll never be possible to do everything on a small screen.
- A big obstacle for fitness bands occurs when movements that might look like steps are recorded. Sitting at a computer desk and waving your arms around can trigger steps on a wrist band.
- Another technology we’ll discuss below is EEG which scans the signals sent from our brain. This obviously, isn’t something you’ll have on your arm. They are finding ways be bring this into every day living to benefit how we think and feel.
We’re learning more about ourselves at a faster rate. Wearable technology is providing more information about how we live and experts like scientists and engineers are using this knowledge in new inventions. Inventions that will change how we live but will never be integrated into one device. Or will they?
Does all wearable tech have a place?
Currently, fitness bands hold the ability to track your food consumption, exercise, and even sleep patterns. Smart watches are now capable of the same, but also make phone calls, and send text messages as well.
As technology continues advancing, new sensors and software will monitor different aspects of our life. Blood pressure and heart rate monitoring for example, is something many innovators are integrating into wearable devices.
- One such company “Kenzen” is developing a wrist band that monitors samples of sweat for hydration and glucose levels.
- Ducere has truly put a spin on wearables with their GPS soles and footwear for navigation and fitness.
- CityzenSciences accurate blood pressure and heart rate monitoring can be recorded with a shirt along with distance traveled and other measurements.
- Furthermore, appearing in the Wearable Technologies Show of 2015 will be myBrain Technologies which created a head band designed to relax you.
- Similar to this is Muse which uses a high tech head band to help improve focus and attention.
I think there “IS” a special place for all future wearable tech. No one device can ever provide superior results over a product that was specially designed for it. Devices like smart watches can provide a lot of what we need, but those such as smart shirts and shoes may be more efficient for what they’re made for.
Do You Think Future Wearable Tech Has A Special Place?