While many business users are thoroughly enamoured with devices such as notebooks, tablets and smartphones, their attention could soon be shifting to a new area: wearable technology.
Just as mobile gadgets have unchained us from the office desk, so an emerging generation of wearable devices will open up new worlds of freedom. Examples are already appearing. There are watches that monitor your heartbeat, wristbands that track the calories you have burned and glasses that can superimpose images and data on your field of vision.
In a business environment, such technology will have a multitude of applications. Glasses could deliver a heads- up image of a computer screen or superimpose pictures of a proposed building project over vacant land. Wristmounted devices could be used to exchange contact details with colleagues or make wireless payments for goods. By adding voice activation to the mix, the need for physical keys is reduced, making the devices smaller and simpler to use while on the move.
Technology heavyweights such as Google, Apple and Microsoft are watching the wearable technology space closely and are expected to have offerings on the market within 12 months. Those communicator and viewing gadgets featured in so many sci- fi movies could be closer to reality than you think.