The Dilemma of Wearable Technology
Where will wearable Technology take us? it was not that long ago that the brick (now smart phone was created). We now we see more and more that fashion is moving into hi Tec wearable clothing.
CCS Insight expects the wearable market to reach $14 billion by the end of this year, according to Forbes. And BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service, expects the wearable market to grow to 162.9 million units by the end of 2020. *
A question comes to my mind, we now live in a society that wants to wear a device. That will tell us how long we have slept, how much drink we have taken on and even heartbeat and pulse but where and who gets all this data? are we heading into an age where everything thing we say and do could be monitored?
I feel that we are not that far from it now with cameras in most towns. Number plate recognition on most motorways etc. The threat from terrorists has also opened the discussion on whether all communication for example “Whats app” being allowed to encrypt the messages and how this might be a way for terrorists to communicate.
It is such an emotive dilemma, on one hand, the benefits from the user being able to improve their lifestyle through wearable tech. But on the other hand, the power it gives to whoever has the control of the software.
We are more likely to be hacked through Wearable Technology
Studies show that it is the easiest way to be hacked is through Wearable Technology. This is due to the lack of security which Websites have. Nicholas Peroco states: –
“If I am an attacker and I want to go after someone’s personal life, targeting a high-profile individual, I would want to break into the system through wearable technologies,” he says. “These technologies allow you to spy on people, find out who they are talking to, etcetera. **
The question Is how long will it be before we go into shops that we will draw us to the items the store knows we like. Today if we go to any online store that you have visited before it will give you suggestions based on your previous buys.
Wearable glasses have come a long way in a very short period. These now can show 3D images of our preferred music and the clothes we like to wear. The sale offers that are only for us as individuals to attract us to purchase.
Studies have shown that 61% felt more informed wearing technology
These all sound great on the surface but if we turned it round managers give us uniform to wear that tracks your every movement. From working on the shop floor or taking a break without permission. Being monitored 24/7 at work and even at home through the clothes we wear? Tunde Quotes my feelings that: –
Companies targeting consumers with wearable technology will also have to be careful not to offend them. “Wearables are, by their very nature, intensely personal devices,” says Tunde Cockshott, of technology consultancy Amaze.” They are collecting information about me and my experiences, my body, my location, my environment, my activities, my field of vision, my interests. ***
Fashion designers are expressing a well-known fact that we all dress to show our individual identities. From expressions on how we feel to the event we are attending. We also want to stay in trend with the world around us. What will 2030 be like? will shopping in town be the same as if we were browsing on the net. We already use price comparison when we are making a purchase. all? the Echo and Cortana are progressing so fast we now can control our heating lighting TV etc. By just by saying what we want, where will that be in 2030 you have to wonder? How will we manage if we lost the power to run the technology?