The wearable tech bubble promises to pop, pivot, and reimagine itself at a rate we’ve yet to see. This technology’s ‘big business’ potential extends wellbeyond Glass — and even beyond the ugly Apple Watch you’ve already decided to buy (I’ll be buying one too).
Although Apple hints at some pretty fantastic capabilities, like “connecting with your favorite people in some new, spontaneous ways not possible with any other device,” I’m guessing this iteration will fall short of predictive modeling — and THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is what we should all be waiting for.
As MobiHealth News reports, people who are wearing wearables — early adopters, fitness fanatics, and (you guessed it) Millennials — have a pretty specific wish list for what they want from their devices:
The top three pieces of information consumers want from wearables are health-related: 77 percent want wearables to help them exercise better, 75 percent want them to collect and track medical information, and 67 percent want wearables to help them eat better. Additionally, 81 percent of Millennials want technology to tell them about their exercise and 71 percent want to know about dietary and medical information.
The Apple Watch will miss the mark (before the mark is even defined) because wearable tech aficionados know what they want their next devices to do, even if they haven’t specifically named it yet. They want digital health devices that not only track every possible bit of useful information, but a device that will help them take preventative measures to avoid potential health risks.
Yes, that quirky way they value function over form will soon propel wearers’ ‘needs’ list beyond the basic standards wearable techies have come to expect, like exceptionally long battery life and apptastic integrations. They won’t care if it’s ugly (at first), and privacy concerns be damned, once that first developer demonstrates a digital health use case that heads off a heart attack, they’ll want to share their stats with doctors. Forget those ‘I have an allergy’ bracelets of yesterday — tomorrow promises to be quite Jestons-esque.
- How long will we need to wear the technology before a digital health baseline can be created to measure against?
- How instantaneous can we make the data? And how predictive?
- How long will it take rogue hackers to figure out ways to send fake stroke signals to wearers?