Wearables

Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Devices, apps, and data in the cloud

We have come a long way. We have moved from creating eyeglasses and watches, first worn around the neck as a necklace, to ubicomp, aka ubiquitous computing. Now it’s the age of wearable technology and of the Internet of Things.

What is IoT? Look on your desk or reach in your pocket. It’s the smartphone you use anywhere, anytime. IoT is a network of devices and objects that were allocated an IP address for internet connectivity. Communication is established between these objects and other Internet-powered systems and devices.

The first modern wearable technology was the Bluetooth headset. We now have Ringly, the Apple Watch, or bPay. More and more wearables are released every day with uses in the healthcare, the entertainment, or the fashion industry.

Who remembers the mBracelet? Nobody. Although this device was allowing you to easily make payments, the project was never picked up. It was too ahead of its time, and unfortunately, aesthetics is just as important as functionality. That is why the most popular wearable device today is the Apple Watch. It offers plenty of functionalities and it comes in different models and colours. You can also use it at uOttawa to MFA!

Put a ring on it. A smart ring please. Smart jewellery is in. If you don’t want to wear a Fitbit or an Apple Watch, connect your Android or Apple device to a smart ring. It can offer the same features as the other famous wearable devices. Use it as a fitness tracker, to make payments, or even to take calls! Chose your favourite, they come in many colours, sizes, and shapes.

The demand nowadays for personalized wearables is very high and it does not look to be stopping. The future will see smart fabrics, autonomous and flying cars, smart cities. Would you wear clothing or devices to power themselves and others?

It is very premature to predict a future for such devices. What is certain is that wearables are changing our environment at home and at work. What will the next game-changer be?

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