Wearable technology has come a long way in the last few years. Today, the industry has grown from sports-related tech to everyday wear, but we’re still seeing continued advancement – particularly in the health and wellness sector. This market is growing to such huge proportions that it’s projected to jump from $20 billion in 2015 to around $70 billion in 2025 according to IDTechEx.com.
Whether you’re tracking your heartrate on a run, analyzing your golf swing, or just keeping your emails close at hand, there’s no doubt about it: Wearable tech is not only useful, for many, it’s a necessity. Interested in where it will take us next? Learn more about the future of wearable tech below.
Wearable Tech Will Seamlessly Integrate With Your Current Clothing
When you think about wearable tech, what comes to mind? A smartwatch, perhaps? At this point, that’s much of what the wearable tech market is made up of — technology that you add to your wardrobe. But Wired.com points out that as tech gets smaller, it also becomes more advanced. As we move forward, wearable tech will become nearly invisible as it integrates with our clothing and fashion more and more.
One example is OMSignal’s smart shirt that tracks your workouts and streams live data to the compatible mobile app. For women, there are a number of sports bras on the market that seamlessly integrate heart rate monitors, and you’ll find the same thing with men’s shirts, like the tech available from NuMetrex. Wired.com speculates that the future of wearable tech could lead to jewelry that tracks your vitals and even alerts you to when you’ve been typing at a computer too long.
Wearable Tech Will Become More Efficient
Electronics across the board are becoming more and more efficient, but wearables have the capacity to do more. Take this ring for example. Designed by Sean Hodgins, his ring features an LED light that lights up simply by using the heat energy from his own body. While that doesn’t sound super useful, the idea could lead to further advancements, such as shirts that could power your iPod while on a run, an idea that’s already been in the works for years with the research of e-textiles.
Another example of efficient wearable tech is solar powered clothing like the options released by Tommy Hilfiger in 2014. With removable solar panels joined with your clothing, you would be able to charge your devices on-the-go without a single interruption.
Empathetic Wearables Will Become More Popular
You’re well aware that wearable technology helps monitor physical conditions. In some cases, it can even mirror your emotions, such as the Ger Mood Sweater that senses physiological changes and displays colors in the collar to mirror the emotions it senses.
However, what you may be unaccustomed to is tech that works the other way around. Not only can wearables mirror your emotions, but they can influence them. An example of this is doppel, a wearable device that sends impulses through your wrist to influence your mood. Similar to how music can change your mood, doppel can impact your body’s rhythm to make you more alert or relaxed. Tech like this could pave the way toward a new breed of wearables.
When we look at where wearable tech is heading, it’s clear that we’ve barely scratched the surface of our capabilities. It should be interesting to see what hits the market in coming years, with everything from more personalized wearables to GPS bike helmets and more!
What advancement in wearable tech are you most looking forward to?