ARE YOU READY FOR A SMART WORLD?
Mobile trends continue to be the hottest topic going into the new year and wearables are at the forefront of this. The slew of smartwatches and activity trackers that have already entered the market is just going to gain more momentum in the coming months. Those of us still on the fence are looking towards to the imminent launch of the Apple Watch as some sort of sign from the heavens, a catalyst to jump start industry-wide adoption. If the recent CES 2015 was anything to go by, even device and accessories manufacturers have jumped on board. Google’s own Android Wear platform, still considered in its infancy, is already into a second major release.
On the other hand (pun intended), activity and sports trackers are looking to take on a bigger stage, as the wrist is fast becoming a crowded market. As wireless, battery and sensor technologies continue to advance, expect activity trackers to come in all new form factors from clips to patches to full fabric-like body suits. You’ll also begin to see tracking sensors embedded in everyday objects from your flowerpot to your pet. Pretty soon, even cars will have more power crunching numbers than burning rubber.
The internet of things have, in as short as the past nine months, exploded from a buzzword to reality. It can sometimes be scary to find out that a ‘smart everything’ world isn’t just a pipe dream in a far-flung future, but one that we’re already living in.
Welcome to 2015.