Over the past year there’s been a lot of buzz on wearables, tech devices that allow users to access mobile apps, games, make calls, and perform online searches on-the-go. From Google Glass to Smartwatches this technology has been popping up everywhere but not exactly flying off the shelves. Many consumers are on the fence when it comes to these extremely cutting edge types of devices.
Luckily for companies like Google, Samsung, and Sony business is expected to slowly increase. According to a recent report conducted by the Pew Research Center, wearables will become mainstream within the next 11 years. The progression is going to be slow, claim experts despite the media hype of the product becoming the ‘next big thing.’
The survey polled 1,600 industry specialists in the field and 83% of them conclude the same prediction time frame with wearables becoming part of our daily lives by 2025.
Director of Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center and author of the report, Janna Anderson wrote, “Many experts say the rise of embedded and wearable computing will bring the next revolution in digital technology. They say the upsides are enhanced health, convenience, productivity, safety and vastly more useful information for people and organizations. The downsides: challenges to personal privacy, over-hyped expectations and tech complexity that boggles us.”
“If everyday activities are monitored and people are generating informational outputs, the level of profiling and targeting will grow and amplify social, economic and political struggles,” continued Anderson.
However the projection for these devices has their share of positives as well. According to the data derived from the experts it’s believed that the introduction of this technology into communities will eventually help society improve transportation, pollution levels, and energy usage in a more efficient way. The environment is an area of growth along with goods and service industry which hasn’t been tapped into yet.
The future of wearables might become more diverse and go beyond gaming, emails, and fitness to further enrich businesses and individuals’ lives. It will be interesting see what the future brings.