Internet of Things (IoT) is the concept that describes the unification of independent and unique devices via existing internet infrastructure. It is your fitness tracker communicating with your smartphone and your wearable activity tracker communicating with your tablet. These devices are primarily things that involve human interaction and monitoring through applications and interfaces.
The proliferation of internet connectivity since the 1990s, which eventually became a norm in the 2000s, has opened up endless possibilities. To date, the world has deployed about 5 million smart connected things. The integration of wearable IoT into our lives extends our hand and helps us achieve what is beyond reach.
Fundamentals of Wearable IoT
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“Wearable devices are a lot about capturing and displaying information. But the way to interact with those devices will make the real acceptance and differences,” says Denis Manceau, Director of Global Product Management at MyScript.
Wearables comprise a significant growth in the market of IoT. We have seen a hike in the assimilation of IoT into many individual’s lives. Furthermore, the existence of smartphones have greatly facilitated the integration and innovation of wearables. Interfaces and applications are installed into smartphones, serving as a connecting tool to the wearable. Integration at the local level is necessary to transmit your tracker’s data to your smartphone – Sensors in the wearable transmit data in a variety of formats and data structures.
Collection of data is necessary for analytics and control to take place. With the sensors, smart wearables can detect humans’ fitness conditions and supply data to you, assisting you in keeping track of your well-being.
Agency of Augmentation
Wearable IoT is a highly personalized device, which extend the reach and capabilities of the users. It provides enhanced communication, memory, sensing, and recognition. Through customization, it collects the user’s personal data such as their weight and works for the user. The process is unobtrusive as it avoids users from being distracted or interrupted.
Rackspace, an American IT hosting company commissioned a study on wearable technology from the Centre for Creative and Social technology at Goldsmiths, University of London. The survey asked 4,000 adults in the United States ad United Kingdom for their thoughts on the concept.
71 percent of Americans and 63 percent of Brits said that wearable tech has “improved their health and fitness.”
Forges Trust & Transparency
With comprehensive software operation, wearable IoT forges trust and transparency. Users trust the wearable because it belongs to them. Visually, the incorporation of simple and consistent icons and graphics makes the message comprehensible. The design of the interface helps users understand the message even with just one glance. Let’s say if we were to see a simple heart shaped icon, our brain is able to recognize it instantly. Put this icon in context of a fitness tracker and we’ll be reminded of our heart rate. The simplicity in visuals allows users to grasp the message at the drop of a hat.
The diagnostics serves as a timely update and work for the wearer. Data collection is essential for an evaluation, to work towards improvement. For example, having the access to a company’s data. From there, evaluations and improvements in the level of customer care given by employees can be done, to provide a much more pleasant and detailed service. The same concept applies to an individual. With Wearable IoT, the diagnostics of your well-being is presented to you for your own assessment. With this instant information, immediate actions could be taken to work towards improvement.
Better Quality of Life
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With all that being said, there is no doubt that wearable IoT enhances an individual’s daily performance. Having the wearable IoT so close to you helps you monitor your well-being on a daily basis. It becomes a part of your lifestyle. You will always have the status of your health at the back of your mind. Gradually, it leads you to a better quality of life!
IoT is set to touch every facet of our lives, transforming how we live, work and play. As technology rapidly advances, people desire to live healthily and comfortably. By combining the ability of the next evolution of IoT to sense, collect, transmit, analyse and distribute data on a massive scale together with the way people process information, humanity will have the knowledge and wisdom it needs not only to survive, but to thrive in the upcoming years.
There is a long road ahead to the future of IoT. But one thing is for sure, it is going to be amazing!
Nur Farzana is a final year design student in Nanyang Technological University of Singapore. She believes that there are vast opportunities that have yet to be unravelled in design and technology field. She is currently working on a wearable project with her professor. You can view her portfolios to get updates on both of her upcoming and past projects: Behance.net/NurFarzana
*Disclaimer: The ideas and opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not reflect the view of Zensorium.
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