Wearable Technology in 2020—5 Trends to Watch
You don’t need expensive reports to know that the wearable technology sector is reaching new heights each year, both in scale and ingenuity. You see its influence, you might be wearing a smartwatch right now. However, wearables go way beyond that. From various medical solutions to Mixed Reality capabilities, 2020 promises to be an eventful year for all things wearable. Let’s dive into the most exciting wearable trends to watch out for this year!
Let’s start with something big! There is a groundbreaking evolution in the IoT industry happening right now, and it will transform the way we communicate with our devices going into 2020 and the entire decade. And, honestly, the one thing that many have been waiting for, including yours truly—talking with our smart devices via our brain waves!
nūrio has the potential (the release is scheduled in mid-2020) to forever change our connection to the technological world. The possible use-cases are vast, like writing this article without typing, to name just one. This is, however, only a glimpse of what the future might hold.
Interestingly enough, wearable technology can also help us be more mindful amid our hectic lives. There are popular mobile apps like Headspace or Calm, however, a company called MyndLift is going a significant step further—taking advantage of a wearable headset and the power of neurofeedback. In 2020, we will learn even more about our brains and how to alleviate mental health problems thanks to the development of affective technology. Despite being in an early research stage, this trend should continue to grow, especially since millions of people around the world deal with depression or stress.
From the very beginning, the aim of wearable technology was to make our lives easier. We might not think of glasses as a wearable in today’s sense. Yet, that’s precisely what they were. Seven centuries later, the sophistication of technology enables us not only to track our sporting achievements but also actively manage our health.
We are getting accustomed to tracking our steps, burned calories, sleep quality, or the heart rate. Now, wearables are being slowly introduced in hospitals, allowing doctors to monitor patients’ vitals remotely. However, the full adoption of these solutions is yet to come, the major pain point being the integration of data into hospitals’ IT infrastructure. Streamlining chronic illnesses management will benefit all parties involved, with the possibility to monitor blood pressure or glucose levels in real-time. Thus, the weekly or monthly checkups will be increasingly more data-driven.
The expanding functionality of healthcare apps has a vital role to play, as well. Doctors could examine health records, prescribe medication, and send reminders—placing the patient in the center of attention.
The service subscription model has been all the rage in the cloud computing industry. There are about 40 different types of as-a-service services you can acquire, so why not wearable-as-a-service?
Last year, we talked to the CEO of Tended—a Lincolnshire-based company providing safety trackers. At first, Tended was consumer-oriented; however, now the company takes advantage of the WaaS model, ensuring the safety of construction workers and truck drivers. Wanting to increase the quality of working conditions, corporations, particularly in industrial sectors, will surely want to take a look at the wearable-as-a-service capabilities going into 2020.
As stated above, wearables are here to make our life better, but couldn’t they make us more fashionable at the same time? The tech aspects of smartwatches, like tracking accuracy or Bluetooth Low Energy connection quality, will undoubtedly improve in the upcoming years. The design of the watches is more carefully considered as well. Leather straps, stainless steel bezels, and watch faces designed by Emporio Armani or Bergen are introduced by top players, showing that this wearable technology trend begins to kick off.
Another industry game-changer is smart clothing. Imagine that you can change the color of your shoes to match your shirt or dress, or better yet, charge your phone just by walking, wearing your pants. And since we want our smartwatches to precisely monitor our every step, why not place a wearable on our shoes, like Playmaker did. Wearable technology and the textile industry are a perfect match, and in 2020 we will see a whole different range of smart products.
Last but not least, Mixed Reality will also see a rise in popularity this year. As with the brain wave communication, mixing our actual reality with an augmented one provides for many use-cases. From increasing remote work efficiency, military or sports training, to functional mockups, there is a lot to look forward to in 2020.
We, as a development studio, can’t wait to see these technologies take shape and improve our lives. And, if you have an IoT project in mind, let us know—we’ll make the future a reality!