Published on February 7th, 2019 | by Emergent Enterprise0
Where Do Wearables Fit into the Internet of Things?
It only makes sense that wearable devices like smart watches would be “talking” to IoT sensors. But, as this post at IoT For All by Grayson Kemper reports, the conversation between the two is seeing challenges. Some issues are due to the wearables form factor of a small screen and difficult navigation. Good use cases lean towards content that is notification and monitoring based and small bits of content that can be displayed large enough for any user. It will be interesting to see what big wins arise for wearables in the near future.
IoT devices have not fully penetrated consumers’ daily lives with wearable devices. However, wearable technology has a bright future in healthcare with the passive monitoring of vital statistics.
Wearable IoT devices, namely smartwatches and fitness trackers, are the among the most conspicuous examples of Internet of Things (IoT) technology.
According to a recent IoT technology survey from Clutch, wearables are used primarily for singular functions such as checking the time and tracking exercise.
How people use wearables reflects a broader trend of people using IoT devices as standalone technologies, rather than within an ecosystem of connected devices. As a result, IoT technology has not fully penetrated consumers’ daily lives.
Three main factors affect the lagging status of consumer IoT technology:
- Reliability of the connection between devices
- Functionality of devices
This article explores how people’s use of wearable devices reflects the larger consumer attitudes about IoT technology.
People Use Wearables for Simple Tasks
Research shows that people use wearables primarily to accomplish “legacy tasks,” or tasks that can be accomplished without a connected device, or any complex technology, for that matter.
Using a wearable device for complex tasks, such as managing finances or manipulating home appliances, requires intention from users and often additional integrations they’re unable or unwilling to complete.