Since we began talking about wearable technology, it seems that finding the right niche to achieve commercial success has been a difficult process. When Google (News - Alert) Glass first came out, it was all that everybody was talking about. While it was great to see the CEO skydiving and people walking down the street recording everything, in the big picture it seemed to be more of a fad, a gadget to play with for a while.
However, do not write the device off just yet; with plans to improve sound quality and battery life, the recently announced Google Glass 2 aims to switch gears and target more enterprise customers. In fact, it appears that we are about to see a lot more enterprise applications for wearable technology.
According to a white paper published by Tractica titled “Enterprise Wearable Technology Case Studies,” enterprise applications for wearable technology are just beginning to scratch the surface in terms of applicability and use cases. Tractica is a market intelligence firm whose focus is on human interaction with technology.
The 40 case studies conducted for the white paper included a wide range of fields and industries with verticals that included healthcare, medical, automotive and mining, just to name a few. Wearable technology with embedded sensors has the potential to dramatically improve the quality of medical care.
Wireless sensors that enable doctors and nurses to monitor a patient’s position and movement, and systems that send alerts to the hospital staff whenever a patient needs attention all promote safety, as well as efficiency in hospitals and for healthcare providers.
Research director Aditya Kaul noted that “Wearable technologies have touched almost every enterprise vertical market. Companies and institutions in multiple industries are closely evaluating how wearables can bring speed, efficiency, lower costs and improved workflows for their operations.”
I have already seen how augmented reality (AR) glasses can cut down time, cost and promote safety in a warehouse environment. Regardless of the industry, the combination of AR and voice-controlled headsets can significantly cut down the time it takes to put a unit together for shipment.
When you think about wearable technology, do you think that it can be used in the corporate environment? There are many ways that wearable technology can be used to make enterprises function more seamlessly and efficiently. When you are working in an office environment that requires you to be constantly connected, you can easily do so by wearing something like the Plantronics (News - Alert) Voyager Legend.
Wearable technology can be just as important for the enterprise as it can be fun to use. Wearable devices are not just fun to use they can make it much easier for work to be accomplished and more importantly, they can increase office productivity, create a safer environment and enhance field productivity.
If the case studies of enterprise wearable trials and deployments are any indication, in a very short time we can expect to see wearable technology for enterprise applications expand at an amazing rate. Every vertical from healthcare, retail, manufacturing, field services and the military will all be taking advantage of what wearable technology has to offer.
If you find yourself near Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas this week, drop by our Wearable Tech Expo, running from August 18th through the 20th. You will be able to talk to some of the innovators in this field and get hands-on experience that you will not forget.
Edited by Rory J. Thompson
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