These days there is a big fuss about Wearable Technology and wearables in general.
First of all, it is not just technology you can wear (thank you Ellen for that hint!). It is so much more.
Wearables are the natural evolution of IoT devices, which are integrated inside fashion, jewellery and baggage, creating a network of connected items you can wear and forget about straight after.
Endowed with wifi technology, wearables collect and exchange data with M2M (machine to machine) communications, without requiring human intervention. What is more, collected data can be applied in a variety of industries, and BI Intelligence expects the wearables market to grow to 162.9 million units by the end of 2020.
Indeed, according to Ericsson 6 out of 10 smartphone users are confident that wearables will have uses beyond health and wellness.
Although some consumers report concerns about data security, fuelled by the fact that many wearable devices require no access code to enter one's data, wearables can actually contribute make our life safer.
A Minority Report scenario is still far off, but wearables are already transforming our lives.
Here is how.
NO MORE THEFTS
It’s everybody’s nightmare. When you travel, when you are forced to leave your bags somewhere, or, simply, when you cannot keep an eye on your belongings at all times. The question that always comes to your mind is: will my bag/suitcase/bike still be here when I come back?
Luckily, wearables are giving a twist to this daunting situation.
To counteract thieves and pickpockets, major bags and luggage retailers have started to implement luggage tracking systems, such as UrbanTracker, into their products.
Tracking devices are small and discreet devices which can be placed within or on objects to identify their location and spot unexpected or irregular movements. This technology uses the wifi network to execute accurate triangulation and locate the attached item, wherever it is. Thanks to paired mobile applications, users are always aware of the exact location of their bags and are able to alert the police if they realise their bags have been stolen.
If you are a normal person, you probably have little time to spend with your pets. You take them out for a walk several times a day, you spend the night cuddling them, but what do they do while you are at work?
Unless you can take your pets to the office, you probably leave them alone at home for a bunch of hours every day, unaware what they do.
Recently, more and more pet owners have grown interested in devices that can monitor their pets’ activities and location and can help enhance their health. Meanwhile, research has shown that dogs start showing signs of anxiety only 10 minutes after being left alone.
Modern wearable devices offer solutions to both sides of the problem.
Tracking devices can be inserted inside pets’ collars to track their movements, monitor their position and check that they do not leave the house or the garden. Location based alarms can be set to alert pet owners of unexpected movements and allow them to call their neighbours or the police.
Moreover, tracking devices can be integrated with chatbots or microphones, enabling the owner to communicate with their pets at all times and allowing pets to hear their master’s voice, thus reducing their loneliness.
As a result, wearable devices represent a fast, low-cost and easy way to reduce every day risks and make us feel safer, without affecting our daily life in a massive way.