As part of PSFK Labs’ recent Future of Wearable Tech report, the team identified a number of core ideas that resonated across the ten trends. This growing category of devices is causing us to rethink our relationship with technology and opening the door for new forms of computing that impact the way we live, work and socialize. Whether you’re a consumer, software developer or underground bio-hacker, we offer a lens into some of the exciting changes that are in store. Be sure to check out the accompanying editorial series over at IQ by Intel.
Bio-Tech Fusion -
As chip and battery technologies get smaller and more sophisticated we’re seeing a closer relationship between wearable devices and the human body. As this evolution continues, we can expect to see a deeper integration, which points to a future of ubiquitous computing merged with biological systems.
Synced Lifestyle -
As wearable devices take on more key features from personal health to communication, they are being designed to seamlessly sync with a broader ecosystem of technologies. These automated interactions will help streamline specific tasks, creating new expectations around the flow of daily life within a networked environment.
Organic Interface -
Wearables are becoming more capable of tracking and responding to a wider range of human inputs from gestures to biometrics. This opens the door for a more natural form of communication and computing, which lowers the barriers to access.
Performance Enhancements -
Advancements related to precision, responsiveness and control has led to the development of assistive technologies that are capable of restoring or augmenting existing abilities, which can normalize life for individuals, while also expanding the types, efficiencies and duration of tasks that can now be completed by people.
Always-On Wellness -
Sophisticated sensors and algorithms are increasing the speed and accuracy of health-related metrics being gathered by wearable devices, empowering people to take a more active role in the management of their personal well-being. This more holistic view of health can contribute to a model of prevention, early diagnosis and continuous care that can improve behaviors and contribute to a higher quality of life.
Personalized Context -
The continuous connectivity and computing being enabled by wearables is creating a free flow of information and recognition across devices and platforms. When placed in current context, these self-aware systems can facilitate connected experiences that deliver greater meaning and relevancy into people’s lives.
The Future of Wearable Tech series by iQ by Intel and PSFK Labs explores the evolving form and function of our connected devices. Over the course of 10 weeks at iq.intel.com, we looked at the latest designs and features, examined their impact on consumer lifestyles and got reactions from Intel experts. Download a free copy of the accompanying report here.