The gap between what’s possible in mobility and what’s science fiction is narrowing. In 2011, an early Google Glass prototype weighed eight pounds. That was just two years ago. Today, Google Glass weighs less than the average pair of sunglasses.
Technology is increasing at an exponential rate, impacting business and our everyday lives. Computers are now faster, smarter and cheaper than ever – and they’re getting smaller. These advancements in computing are creating a new wave of mobile devices and opening the door for wearable devices. The Samsung Galaxy Gear and Google Glass are the biggest steps into wearable technology thus far.
The wearable technology trend is here and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Samsung and Google have both invested heavily into wearable devices – and for good reason. According to a recent Gartner prediction, wearable technology will emerge as a $10 billion dollar industry by 2016.
Wearable technology opens up a new realm of possibilities for the enterprise. However, there are reasons to be wary. The information that a wearable device may be able to collect has the potential to be extremely private. Medical information, video and audio recordings all can contain sensitive data.
But the potential for wearable technology in the enterprise is too great to disregard. In a demonstration video created by Phillips and Accenture, a surgeon is seen accessing vital patient information using Google Glass during surgery with a simple voice-command.
Remote collaboration will become increasingly prevalent and wearable technology will make communication quicker and easier. The Samsung Galaxy Gear clearly had the enterprise in mind when it developed the device as it comes pre-loaded with KNOX, Samsung’s dual-persona BYOD solution.
2014 will be a “watershed year for wearable devices” according to a recent Juniper Research study, which predicts that demand will be greatest in the aviation and warehouse sectors.
Mobility will continue to make work easier and enterprises more efficient. The question is: will your mobile workforce be wearing business casual or business smart?