Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Wearable computing?

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Right now, many people use smartphones. Soon, most people will be using smartphones. Many people walk around with a Bluetooth headset in their ear. So, we're already talking about wearable gadgets and computers. Some manufacturers have designed Bluetooth headsets to be fashionable pieces of high-class jewelry.

The future of wearable computing include self-tracking gadgets like the Fitbit and the Nike+ FuelBand. Those types of gadgets may be reserved for fitness geeks or people actively trying to achieve and sustain weight loss. However, other types of wearable computers will become standard issue for business executives and health care professionals.

Let's start with the smart watch. In the near future, we'll also see many people wearing smart watches that connect to our smartphones using low-energy Bluetooth. We know that Samsung is planning on releasing a smartwatch soon. Rumors of an Apple smartwatch will eventually come true. There are many smartwatches on the market and they don't resemble the clunky gadget that Dick Tracy used to wear.

How will smartphones evolve once the smart watch phenomenon takes off? Will we see smartphones getting smaller? Bigger? Willl everyone want a phablet so that they can be more productive by having a larger screen? Will the smart watch replace the smartphone entirely?

I think that could happen as we all wear more gadgets and computers on our body. For instance, why would you need to wear a smart watch and carry a smartphone if you also wore smart glasses? Google Glass is a new technology, but we'll see other manufacturers release similar smart glasses.

So, imagine that your smart watch is your phone. It has cellular connectivity. You don't need a Bluetooth headset since audio is built into your smart glasses.

Voice command and voice dictation. Plus, your hand/arm gestures will get sensed by the built-in accelerometer in your smart watch and get translated into commands. The days of typing on an on-screen keyboard may be over soon. It's time to practice your speaking skills so that you can dictate voice commands precisely. Voice recognition engines are getting much more sophisticated to recognize certain accents or speaking patters.

Wearable computers. Body computing. These terms are about to have new meaning. These technologies will become a part of everyday life. Plus, they will be highly effective in promoting behavior change, in coaching healthy behavior, and in assisting with disease self-management. The possibilities are endless.

Are you ready for wearable computing?

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