The industry of technology is in a stage of constant and speedy evolution. Each passing year brings another milestone for technology which previously wouldn’t have been seen anywhere except sci-fi films. From smartphones to cloud storage systems to the rise of the ‘Internet of Things’, technology is always changing.
And this means that businesses have to be always changing too. Keeping up to date with the latest tech trends is vital to the success of any business in modern society, and one trend you should definitely be aware of is wearable technology. Luckily, Syntax IT Support London is here to tell you all about it.
What kind of tech will we be wearing?
Arguably the most prominent piece of wearable tech is Google Glass – a pair of high-tech glasses which allow you to send messages, take photos, browse the web and get directions among other things.
In theory, Google Glass gets rid of any need for smartphones – freeing your hands – and brings man and machine closer than ever before. Whether this is a good or bad thing has been the subject of much debate, but what could this advancement mean for business?
Google Glass in the workplace
At the moment, slightly more than one in twenty businesses provide their team with wearable tech – which isn’t a huge amount. But it’s still early days and the tech has yet to hit the mainstream, so what kind of doors could this open for businesses?
Both practical and office jobs could benefit from Google Glass. A plumber needing his hands to fix a boiler could still search necessary guides and tools online. A salesperson could answer client queries instantly by searching them, or even search the client themselves to see what their last order was, and how happy they were with their service.
So is this dumbing us down, or making us more in tune with the world around us?
Connection in strange places
Whilst wearable tech could replace our trusty smartphones, tablets and laptops, this isn’t necessarily the environment where the jump to Google Glass would be most dramatic. Workplaces which don’t have access to these current devices would see the most obvious change to their daily routine.
An example of this would be someone in a profession which requires operating machinery. Obviously their hands will be occupied by the job at hand, so a smartphone is out of the question, but what if they had something they could wear which would allow them to locate something they need, or could guide them throughout their task?
Retailers could feel the effects of this technology as well. It could allow customers to see online offers and promotions appear before their very eyes whilst they also browse in store, letting them compare the deals directly. And sales assistants could use the tech to help meet consumer demand by searching the availability of items not currently available in store, or checking customer accounts to see online purchase history.
The issues of wearable tech
Like all new tech, wearable tech will likely come with glitches that will need to be smoothed out, and this can be worrying with devices such as these which are by nature very personal to the user. They will measure location, health, preferences and field of vision among other things, so there is no room for error.
There are also the issues of privacy and security to consider. Wearable tech will give us easy access to huge amounts of data, making them very tempting to hackers. It might not look like it, but you’ll essentially be wearing a computer.