Future Wearable Tech – A Special Place To Wear It


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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?

Can future wearable tech be like Glitch some day?

Call me a geek, but Glitch was one heck of an awesome wrist gadget!

Glitch - Future Wearable Tech

Photo’s in Courtasy of: http://reboot.wikia.com/wiki/Glitch

 


 

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..


Future Wearable Tech: Does it belong in an all in on device? Photo Courtesy: www.getneptune.com

Future Wearable Tech: Does it belong in an all in on device? Photo Courtesy: www.getneptune.com

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:
  1. Eat/Drink – Calorie, Hydration, and glucose tracking.
  2. Exercise – Tracking steps, distance, swimming and more.
  3. Work – Alarms, reminders, notes, GPS, email or other tools.
  4. Sleep – Track duration of sleep, levels of sleep, interruptions, etc,.
  • Then we have other preferences:
  1. Phone Calls
  2. Text Messaging
  3. Gaming
  4. Social Networking
  5. Web Surfing

When designing an all-in-one wearable device, practicality should always be a top priority.

The most all-in-one device would arguably be that of Will.i.am with its stand alone smart watch. Photo Courtesy: www.puls.com

An all-in-one device would arguably be that of Will.i.am with his smart watch and smart phone in one. Photo Courtesy: www.puls.com

  • 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.

 

Wearable tech for tracking hydration, glucose and lactic acid levels. Photo Courtesy: http://www.kenzenwear.com

Wearable tech for tracking hydration, glucose and lactic acid levels. Photo Courtesy: http://www.kenzenwear.com

Wearable tech embedded into shoes to help with navigation and provide fitness feedback. Photo Courtesy: http://lechal.com

Wearable tech embedded into shoes to help with navigation and provide fitness feedback. Photo Courtesy: Lechal.com

Wearable tech embedded into clothing

Wearable tech embedded into clothing. Photo Courtesy: http://www.smartsensing.fr/en

Melomind Brain Relaxing

Melomind – Photo Courtesy: My Brain Technologies

 

High tech head band for training your brain to focus

High tech head band for training your brain to focus. Photo Courtesy: www.choosemuse.com

 


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?

 

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