If you read the headlines of any recent news story, you might have read a story about a major wearable tech company. However, there is no such thing as “major” in this case, because the name of every major wearable tech company is a reference to the exact same product. So what the hell is enterprise wearable tech? It’s anything that has a wearable form factor so that consumers can monitor the health of their bodies in real time.
The wearable tech industry is huge, and the wearable tech company that has the biggest market share in the field is Google. This is why enterprise wearable tech is so important. Google has a large and diverse population to serve, and the devices it’s selling are becoming more and more sophisticated every year. This means that new wearable tech companies will start popping up, and their devices will grow in the coming years.
To be clear, enterprise wearable tech doesn’t mean a lot of wearables that are designed to record your mood or detect your heartbeat. It is more about wearables that monitor your health. And the wearable tech companies selling it are also growing, which means that enterprise wearable tech will have more success than ever.
At the enterprise wearable tech summit, we learned that wearable tech companies (think Fitbit, Jawbone, and Apple) are now in the process of developing their own wearable tech. One of the big questions that many of the enterprise wearable tech startups are asking is whether or not the wearables would be useful for enterprise use. When we asked the question, it turns out that wearables are now a necessary part of enterprise use for many companies.
Wearables are starting to become more and more common in enterprise use. A recent study put the wearable market at $8.8 billion in 2013. It’s only a matter of time before we all start wearing them, and in some cases, wear them a little too much. Wearables are the latest fashion accessory to become a necessity on the job, and I think it will only get better.
Wearables are so easy to use right now that I’d venture to say that they’re already on an enterprise use trajectory. With the wearables out there and the trend toward more and more wearable tech, it looks like the next step is that wearables will be part of all your enterprise applications.
As the smart home revolution continues, we are only going to see more usage of wearables. Most wearables are already in use, and as the wearables are developed we will see wearables in a variety of other enterprise applications. One of my very favorite wearables to show off is the Fitbit Flex. It’s so easy to use that a Fitbit Flex can replace a Fitbit Surge in my bag right now.
The Fitbit Flex will be available for purchase in about two weeks, and at the time of writing it’s only available to US residents. The Fitbit Flex will also be available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble but will be limited to a limited number of locations.
The Fitbit Flex is an innovation that’s changing the wearable space. It lets you do things that you can’t do before. It has GPS, it has heart rate sensor, it has an accelerometer. None of these things are new for the wearables space, but they are very powerful and are used in a variety of different ways.
The Fitbit Flex can tell you how much sleep you’ve gotten each night, the number of calories you burned, the calories you burned off, the number of steps you’ve taken, and the number of calories you burned during each activity. For example, if you set it up to tell you how many times you’ve slept, then you can tell whether you’ve slept enough, too much, or a lot (which is an indicator of sleep deprivation).