Wearables are all the rage at the moment. When reading IoT news, wearables are mentioned at least once in every article. Does this mean that they are the future of tech, or the next bandwagon for people to jump on for a few months?

People’s opinions on wearables vary tremendously- some say they’ll be the norm in a couple of years, some say they’ll never catch on. The only way to really determine whether these devices will be considered a part of our daily lives in the future is to look at the benefits.

Wearables for the travelling business person

These devices could be extremely useful for those that aren’t in the office everyday. Businesses could benefit from a device with tracking features, to gauge travel expenses more effectively. An example might be tracking of mileage, and automatically sending this information to the business in real-time.

It can be a real benefit for you to help with your work too. Imagine a question arises in a meeting whilst you’re out of the office, that you may not have an answer to off the top of your head. Using devices such as the late Google Glass, you would be able to find this information quickly and easily, by asking the device.

Wearables in the health industry

Google Glass came into it’s own in the health industry, as the ability to scan in order to find data is key. A nurse or doctor may scan a patient name tag to find details of their treatment and health records.

During operations, surgeons can communicate with specialists around the world, for advice and expertise. These communications are invaluable, so using video calling on Google Glass would make this process incredibly easy.

With this said, it’s clear that we need a device similar to Google Glass to step in. After Google pulled the project, there seems to be a large gap in the market that would fill the needs of businesses and a variety of industries in different ways.

Personal use 

So for now, let’s look at Smart watches. We can’t get enough of them; they’re brilliant pieces of tech. Sure, there are downsides. For example durability isn’t something Apple thought about when designing their watch:

But it’s not all about Apple. There are so many options out there for you to choose from, each with defining features that may suit you better than the typical smart watch from Apple.

Calls – These are handled differently by different devices. Some will let you answer the call and talk through your headphones whilst connected to your smartphone, and some allow you to talk to the device itself. However, it might not always be appropriate to be on speaker when answering your call.

Maps – Rather than following your maps on your phone, you can send the directions to your smart watch. It saves you having your £500 smartphone out for someone to swipe whilst you’re distracted. When arriving in a new city with your bags, having to hold your smart phone whilst carrying a bag is not the easiest of tasks- and could lead to your precious device doing an accidental drop test.

Battery life – Let’s face it, battery life on smart phones is pretty terrible. It takes a lot to power that retina display screen, and as we become more connected, use of internet data is slowly draining our smartphone’s charge. The benefit of a smart watch is that it doesn’t have that large screen to power. It’s compact, and actually having your smart phone and your wearable device won’t actually use up too much battery. Most devices are running Bluetooth 4.0, which is very efficient.

Being unsociable – No one wants to be the person at the meal that is checking their phone. Smart watches solve this in a way, as checking your watch is much less unsociable.

When thinking about smart watches, you must remember their main purpose- it’s not a replacement for your smart phone. It’s there to compliment it’s current features, in order to make things easier for you.