Over the past year there has been a big buzz about wearable tech such as the Apple Watch and Google Glass; but do these products have any place in the work place or will they just impede your work flow and end up costing you money.
Some of these products may seem like they are completely consumer based without any intent for business. Wearable’s such as smartwatches can be seen as un-necessary for office workers that tend to sit at their desk all day as they can gain the same information from their computer as they would a smartwatch. They can though be very usable and beneficial to people that work in the emergency services. Doctors and nurses still rely heavily on pagers which is a slow very outdated technology. Smart watches and other wearable’s can provide a much faster and a greater depth of information which can be a big difference. This type of technology can also be very useful for an on the go businessman, allowing him to receive notifications for meetings and get a quick insight to his emails.
In terms of smartwatches there are many devices that have been made by different companies, the main ones being Apples iWatch and Samsung Gear both compatible with their respective OS. Some of the designs can be a bit bulky and not flashy for some businessman but traditional watch companies Tag Heuer and Rolex have released images of their own smartwatches, with a big price tag included. Even if you don’t have the cash to splash on a smart watch but still have a traditional watch then there are platforms such as Chronos that allow you to turn your watch into a smartwatch. I think many people and many companies see wearable tech as very expensive but there are many options out there that can achieve the same thing but for a much lower cost.
Due to wearable devices allowing the user to go hands-free, I can see many other implementations of them into work places. For instance, smart glasses can allow the user to simultaneously look at two different things at once, this would be very useful for mechanics or engineers allowing to them to look at manuals or schematics as they work. More advanced wearable eye wear such as Microsoft’s HoloLens is most likely going to have a big impact on the design and engineering industry allowing workers to actually see their creations.
Some companies have also gone one step further than wearable’s. A Swedish company have gone to one extreme and have implanted all of its staff with microchips allowing them to gain access to security controlled doors, the photocopier and to pay for their lunch. This does get rid of the need to have some sort of device on you all the time but this could have been easily done with a plastic card and personally I’m not a fan of needles.
So can you see yourself using some kind of wearable tech for work? or do you think this is just a fad that will all be gone in a couple of months time?
By Sam Tutt on December 29th, 2015