Internet of Things has been much in discussion – both in the office and out of it. Internet of Things has the potential to majorly influence the way we live and work. With the wide scale availability of internet around the world, we stay connected easily and at a cheaper price. Today, more and more devices are being manufactured that can be connected to the internet, and have in-built sensors commissioned in them, thereby building the potential for user data to be utilized for R&D, marketing, pricing and other important functions of a business.
To simply explain, Internet of Things is just the practice of connecting any unique or independent device with internet. This ranges from mobiles, electric meters, washing machines, cars, wearable devices etc. and almost any device that can be connected to the internet.
The hot topic associated with Internet of Things today is the evolution of wearable technology that is constantly innovating and fortifying its connections with Internet of Things. Presently, we are living in a world where every day new devices are being designed to help us lead a healthy life, make us more efficient and improve the quality of life. The evolution of such technology is primarily driven by the integration of sensor technology and wireless networking, enabling the creation of systems that continuously capture and transmit data of almost everything. When it comes to wearable technology, we are able to track our heart rate, step count, body movement and whether we are sleeping right or not. The power to sense, store, and track biometric measurements over time and then run an analysis of the results is what makes the technology interesting.
Wearable technology utilizes the Internet of Things for collecting, integrating and analyzing data gathered by sensors, and when coupled with innovative cognitive capabilities and external factors like weather and environment, one can witness the potential for better management of health, safety and welfare. Wearable technology has forayed into sports and fashion industry, and is constantly carving a niche for itself.
Currently, health and fitness wearables are the first range of wearable technology devices that people will invest in. Nevertheless, users believe that wearable technology will evolve beyond health and fitness, and explore newer avenues. Rigorous and constant experimentation with wearable technology is important for bringing about a more structured evolution to the industry. Amidst growing expectations from users regarding the advancement in wearable technology, businesses also have to think about innovating Internet of Things and its business models, so as to address consumer’s need of multiple devices getting connected to the internet, interacting with the surrounding environment, and receive actionable insights. It can be said that the future of Internet of Things and wearable technology share a symbiotic relationship, and will grow in tandem.