As it stands right now, the idea of wearable technology continues to split the public right down the middle. On one hand, you have those who believe wearable’s represent the future of all consumer technology. On the other, many don’t see any such thing happening in this lifetime at least.
In the case of the latter argument, it primarily comes down to the fact that wearable’s to date have been clunky, oversized and generally limited in terms of both functionality and appeal. But when you think about it, the same could be said for mobile phones, portable music players and computers in general just a few decades ago.
…and just look how far things have come since then.
Which begs the question – how could wearable tech influence the world in years and decades to come?
The answer – many industries are already exploring the possibilities, one prominent example being the travel sector.
For example, many travellers and developers already go to extreme lengths to protect their data. Some use a Free Android Root to enhance device security, others invest in weird and wonderful gadgets to get the job done. Nevertheless, brands like Montblanc are already introducing ‘Shield’ technology to a wide variety of their prestigious leather goods. Which basically makes it impossible for criminals to read or copy the personal data stored on Radio Frequency Identification chips – the kinds of chips that allow for contactless payments and so on. Currently exclusive to the luxury market, though likely to become something of a standard in the near future.
Smart Shoes for Navigation
Incredibly, we could soon enter an era where the shoes you wear make it impossible for you to get lost. There are already various rudimentary examples of ‘smart’ sneakers on the market, which connects to the mobile device of the wearer by way of Bluetooth. Gentle vibrations indicate when and where the individual in question should turn, allowing them to reach their destination without ever having to look at a map of a Smartphone screen. Again, the technology remains at a relatively rudimentary level, though could make its mark on the world soon enough.
Wearable Translation Gadgets
It wasn’t long ago that the idea of any kind of instant audible translation system seemed like pure sci-fi fantasy. Nevertheless, there are already plenty of apps that can effectively turn a mobile device into an instant translation tool. Accuracy, convenience and completeness may be somewhat lacking, but it is nonetheless an incredibly impressive step forwards. In the future, it is guaranteed that we will begin to see earpieces emerge that have the capacity to instantly translate any spoken language with flawless accuracy. Meaning that in order to have a detailed conversation with anyone from anywhere in the world, you’d simply need to switch your earpiece to the required language and talk normally.
Smart Watches for Healthier Travel
The interesting thing about the smart watch market is the way in which such devices are being used more for health and wellbeing purposes than anything else. Hence the spectacular rise in the popularity of health-tracking bands, over and above conventional smart watches. As time passes and technology evolves, carrying a smart watch will eventually be a little like taking your own personal physician along for the ride. Watching over your vital signs, activity levels, sleep patterns and so on, smart watches have the potential to be great tools for healthier travel in general.
Last but not least, things have recently taken a huge step forward for those looking to indulge in a little quiet time while travelling. Where standard earplugs are noise cancellation devices fail, ‘hearable’ wearables like those from QuietOn step in. The idea that rather than physically blocking sound or masking it with white noise, such devices produce phase-shifted sound capable of comprehensively counselling all white noise. “The QuietOn project started from the need of saving the air passengers from the weariness of continuous air plane cabin noise,” commented Olli Remes, global sales director at QuietOn. “The greatest benefit of active noise cancellation technology is that it reduces the low frequency sounds that ordinary earplugs are not able to address.”