What’s Next for Wearables?
Wearables have the power to transform the world around us–to interact on our behalf with other ‘smart’ devices that are increasingly common.
By 2016, it’s estimated that one in three people will own a smartphone. There is an ever-increasing demand for smaller, more power-efficient connected devices that is bringing about a revolution similar to one that so dramatically changed human understanding hundreds of years ago, when microscopes and telescopes were invented. They extended our limited natural senses and enabled pathways of discovery into our world and ourselves that are still being explored today with no signs of dwindling.
Just as these devices increased our vision and understanding, the accelerating development of wearables is extending the senses available to our smartphones, and in turn informing us, in unprecedented detail, about the world – and bodies – we live in. According to analyst IHS, in 2019 an estimated 230 million wearable units will be manufactured, creating a richness of data about our surroundings, our habits and our health that we can harvest for remarkable and empowering insights that have never before been available to us. This creates not just a ‘digital self’, but a whole new dimension of information at our fingertips.