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While smartphones remain one of the hottest topics in business technology, they’re about to be overtaken by wearable devices. Smart watches, wearable sensors and miniature video cameras will soon be as common as tablets and phones.
The latest example is Google Glass. Now in limited release, the device comprises a tiny video screen, a camera and a microphone encased in a pair of eyeglasses. It can display web search results and email messages or take still images and video and transmit them via the internet.
While such features sound enticing, they raise significant questions in a business context. Should people be allowed to wear such devices in meetings? What happens around the water cooler?
Aside from confidentiality concerns, such technology could also become a safety issue. What should company policy be on staff driving or operating machinery while wearing these devices? When might checking your email or searching the internet cause an accident?
Wearable technology is in its infancy, but vast R&D budgets are being spent by companies such as Google, Apple and Samsung to bring it into widespread use. Businesses need to think about the policies and guidelines that will be needed once wearable technology goes mainstream.