In some cases, people use sleep monitors that are not wearable, but smartwatches work just fine to cover the needs of most consumers.
A quarter of new users of wearables indicate that wearables today fail to meet their expectations
Habib M. Ammari in his book “Mission-Oriented Sensor Networks and Systems” notices that wearable computing devices were initially developed to satisfy a single specific need (or a narrow range of needs). Modern smartphones got general public greedy to getting all-in-one devices.
That is exactly what modern customer requirements include. In order to release a successful wearable product – it must cover multiple needs of end consumers
Perhaps, that is the most obvious way to eliminate this dissatisfaction of wearables owners.
Mr. Ammari also admits that the devices should fulfill the genuine needs of the owner, be quick to assess and use, and have the opportunity to be “always-on”.
The last and the most important point in this section dedicated to successful wearable devices is security. Moving on to the next chapter the
Wearables manufacturers as personal data brokers
70 percent of users of wearables perceive wearables manufacturers to be very serious about protecting their data.
Ericsson notices that “users of wearables are more likely to share their data with wearables manufacturers than with doctors, insurance companies and internet companies”.
We believe that trust won’t be that significant nowadays. In fact, wearables manufacturers are parts of big internet companies now
In addition to that, the authors of the book “Managing Security Issues and the Hidden Dangers of Wearable Technologies” highlight the following “Privacy Dangers of Wearables and the Internet of Things”:
- Infringing on the Privacy of Non-users: relevant when you send data from your devices to your social networks or other public clouds
- Consumers Lacking Control over their Own Data: that part is not exclusive for wearables. It is very hard to remain invisible in today’s world, according to the expert Kevin Mitnik.
- Surveillance and Sousveillance: you could be screwed by your wristband if some people would like to follow you with malicious intent
- Right to Forget: though putting the best effort to it, many companies fail to provide users with timely
Data issues are often a subject of our blog posts.
Wearable manufacturing companies possess enormous amounts of consumer health data. It is a no-brainer that health data was the main reason Fitbit was purchased by Google back in 2019. Nowadays the trust of users wouldn’t be that big as Facebook and Google-related data breaches scandals (among others) might interfere.
IoT future shaped by wearables
74 percent believe multiple wearables and sensors will help them interact with other devices and physical things around them
It is easy to find confirmation that it turned out to be true five years later. Business Insider observes the applications of wearables in modern healthcare, and there is plenty of evidence that the mentioned kind of interaction is now very popular.
1 in 3 smartphone users believes they will wear at least 5 wearables beyond 2020
There is an opinion that smart clothing is the future of wearables, and as soon as this becomes true, then chances are, it will go beyond 5 items per person. As for now, do you have a friend that owns more than a couple of smartwatches?