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Is wearable technology the future?

Posted on 28/10/2015 by

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We are now entering into an exciting new age of wearable technology.Technology is no longer just for our desks and pockets. It is now subtly displayed on our bodies and could even one day be merged with them.

As devices become smaller, faster and more feature packed, other jewelry like devices will follow – such as rings and necklaces. We will also see an influx in smart clothing within the next couple of years. One of my favorite examples of this is when Tommy Hilfiger marketed a limited edition clothing line that embedded solar cells into the clothing, which then was able to transfer the energy to charge multiple mobile devices. It is predicted that by the year 2018, we will rely most heavily on embedded devices – technology that is physically embedded into our bodies. This is not a Stephen King novel, this is actually the future of wearable tech.

Many people found the first wave of "wearables" came up short. Entry-level price points were high and accuracy left a lot to be desired. It’s no wonder there was a30% return rate and high product abandonment after six months. Companies like AiQ ClothingHexoskin and OMsignal are already paving the way with bio-metric garments that measure body vitals. Future "wearables" could become integrated inside your favorite jewelry by adding a thin film to measure bio-metric data, activity levels and even let you know when you’ve been typing at a keyboard too long.

How appropriate it was then that Little Miss Geek, recently hosted their “Wearable Tech” event,supported by Microsoft & Dell, to celebrate International Girls in ICT Day. Little Miss Geek is a social enterprise that is on a mission to inspire the next generation of girls to become tech pioneers. They’re working to address the balance of the UK tech workforce. The presentations showed the girls how they could be creative with technology and that there is a growing demand for women to join the UK tech industry and explore lucrative opportunities. By taking fashion and showing how technology can challenge boundaries to innovate, organisations like Little Miss Geek demonstrate the possibilities for girls in what’s sure to be technology’s next major space.

What do you think, will we really be seeing wearable technology as the norm in day-to-day life by 2018?