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IoT wearables are the future of fashion accessories
February 10, 2020 News

 

IoT devices have become part of our lives today. There are many different types of IoT devices, from wearables to smart printers to sensors. All of these devices have begun to not only shape the way we live but also have a huge impact on traditional businesses.

In 2019, Apple recorded shipping sales of up to 31 million smartwatches compared to any other watch manufacturer in the world. In an industry that has been dominated for years by Swiss watch companies, Apple was able to outsell the entire Swiss watch industry by 10 million devices, as Swiss watch companies shipped 21 million units the entire 2019.

IoT wearables like Apple’s smartwatch have gained more popularity not just because of the functions it can do, but also because users want more to everything. A watch can no longer tell the time today, just as how mobile phone has to do a lot more than just making calls. Data from IoT devices today are not just something organisations like Apple need. Users themselves want to measure and collect their own data. They want to be able to do a lot more with their watches.

 

And it’s not just limited to wearables like watches. Spectacles and sunglasses, shoes, clothing and even health monitors are now having to up their game to meet consumer demands. For some, these devices are perceived to be more valuable and as a status symbol in society compared to wearing gold bracelets and chains.

In the past, spectacles help you improve your vision and sunglasses were just meant to protect your eyes from the sun. Now, tech companies are mixing Augmented Reality with glasses. Manufacturing industries are already using AR vision glasses to help them with work. The average consumer today is also able to purchase such glasses and use them for reading texts, emails and others. Snapchat’s smart glasses boast improved image quality for recorded videos and photos, dual microphones for better sound recording, and faster transfer times.

Smart shoes are now taking the industry by storm as technology allows them to change the whole perception towards shoes. Examples include Nike’s Hyper Adapt with its self-lacing shoes using electric adaptable reaction lacing, which allows footwear to adjust the contours of your foot. Another example is Under Armour’s Connected sneakers series that are designed for “zero gravity feel” with energy web technology, that gives back the same level of energy you exert in every stride.

From shoes to socks. Yes, there are even smart socks now. Using advanced textile sensors built into each sock, an anklet device is used to detect precise data on how your foot lands while walking or running. The connected app can provide you with tips while running to improve your style and the product also tracks steps, speed, altitude, and distance travelled.

And of course, you got to have smart clothes. Some clothing brands have already implemented sensors in their apparels, such as Levi’s Commuter x Jacquard. Part of a collaboration between Levi’s and Google, this non-stretch denim jacket connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth and can screen phone calls, control music volume, and even get you directions by tapping or brushing the sleeve.

Now the healthcare industry has seen a huge change when it comes to wearables. In the past, we use to carry our own blood pressure monitor devices to measure heartbeats and blood pressure. Now, all patients need to do is to wear a device that not only automatically records data but also sends it back to the hospital in real-time so that medical practitioners have instant access to your health data.

With that said, traditional industries need to make the right investments to remain relevant in the products they produce. Otherwise, they will end up being wiped out by a new tech. Some companies have realised this and are already developing IoT wearables. The bottom line is, wearable IoT devices will only continue to get better and have an impact on traditional wearables. It’s how companies can adapt and make that change and remain relevant in the industry.

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