Top 5 Wearable Technology Trends to Watch in 2022
March 25, 2022
4 min read
Predicting the future is hard and risky. And predicting the future in the computing world is even harder and riskier due to dramatic changes happening in the technology front along with endless challenges to innovation. Only a small fraction of innovation truly disrupts the technology world. Some technologies are not practical or cost-effective, some are ahead of their time, and some simply don’t have a market.
There are several examples of high-end technologies that were never adopted because others arrived on time and managed better in the market. One such technology is wearable technology that didn’t create as many waves in 2020 as it has done in the previous years.
Well, there are a few exceptions. In 2021, the rise in pandemic gave a positive boost in wearable devices that were notably used in the healthcare industry and the technology designed to be used in the workplace. But we are likely to see a resurgence in other areas too.
Another driving force behind this growth will be the ongoing rollout of 5G, enabling many new types of data services, many of which will be delivered through wearables. This means we are likely to see new wearables devices in different form-factor hitting the market, to tackle health challenges, or leverage super-fast networks.
Wearable technology will also influence mobile app development trends and cover a broad range of industries with its versatile and optimal performance. Wearable technology will continue to alter the way apps and technological devices may be utilized to create a safe and efficient wearable ecosystem.
Over the past few years, wearable app development has risen to prominence as they are increasingly being integrated into fitness apps, healthcare products, finance, and more.
wearable apps allow users to control and monitor their connected devices. Mobile data or a Wi-Fi connection is required for such apps to connect with other devices and run. Few wearable devices can be connected to multiple devices and operated at the same time. Here are the top wearable technology trends to watch in 2022.
Integrating the Internet of Things
Internet of Things (IoT) is a digital fabric of interconnected devices. The main principle of IoT is to connect devices and enable data exchange between them to compute logical conclusions for smarter living. But connectivity is not a random principle of IoT, it is also one of the basic expectations of users of wearable devices.
The future of wearable technology concerning IoT can be visualized through a customary overview of the healthcare sector. For decades, wearable devices and wellness have been a hot topic in the computing world.
List of wearable IoT devices that healthcare institutions are rolling out:
- Glucose trackers
- Wearable defibrillators for heart patients
- Sports utility equipment to avoid concussion
- Remote asthma monitors
- Bluetooth enabled tracking apps for cancer patients
Wearable applications can keep records of users’ health and even provide health advice and recommendations by integrating sensor technology, cloud computing, and UI/UX design. In addition to standard measurements like heart rate and temperature, several businesses have pushed into developing devices that aren’t just for tracking.
Fitness trackers and home automation systems also fall under the all-pervasive umbrella of IoT. IoT is shaping the future of wearable tech. Technology giants like Google and Apple are targeting retail customers through products like iWatch and Smart Lens. While other OEM manufacturers are also betting big on wearable IoT products for fleet management.
Wearable application developers must integrate IoT into their products if they are to mark their success in this field. IoT will be in the discussion when it comes to the future of wearable technology.
Custom App Functionalities
Consider the case of smartwatch app development for instance. These apps require fewer resources as smartwatches are powered by less-power hardware and have less storage when compared to a smartphone. Mobile apps could be flooded with a deluge of features, while a smartwatch will only constrain itself to its core functionality like telling time, displaying weather, and specific app notifications.
Global wearable app development services are positioned at the vantage point of shaping futuristic wearable technology. As part of this ever-changing trend, Day One Technologies focuses strictly on developing core app specifications for wearables.
Power to GPS Wearables
Google Glass, fitness trackers, and wristbands are some examples of wearable technology that collect user location data. Fitness trackers have gained immense popularity amongst people as they are pocket-friendly and affordable.
The future of wearable technology rests on the integration of GPS tracking in the device. Self-driving cars are powered with real-time GPS updates helping them navigate safely. A smartwatch would do the same in the coming future.
e-Payments Through Wearables
The global contactless payments marketplace will be valued at $18 billion by 2025. Banking and financial institutions will introduce wearable contactless payment devices.
Near Field Communication (NFC) is used to connect a smart device with assets like prepaid cards, debit cards, or credit cards. With a wireless network, users could flash their wearable device in front of the terminal or payment gateway and transact instantly.
Smartwatches offer a relatable experience to smartphones at a much less price point. Smartwatches can double up as a fitness tracker or a mini-smartphone. Smartwatch notifies social media feeds, WhatsApps notifications, text messages and also allows you to do a quick reply.
Health-conscious people can track their sleep, glucose levels, calories burned, and even stress levels with the right smartwatch.
These were some of the most popular wearable app development trends. Wearable technology provides a variety of effective and appropriate functions such as handsfree business operations, on-demand action, and an immersive experience are all good reasons for wearable devices.
Wearable technology is extended across a large range of industries with specialized requirements and client bases, from healthcare to travel, transportation, fitness, alarms, automation, and other sectors. As a result, it is critical to keep all expected trends in mind when developing an app to achieve the intended results.
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