The evolution of wearable technology October 18th, 2018

The evolution of wearable technology
Wearable devices being used in a business environment isn’t anything new. In fact, it’s been going on for more than 20 years.

These handy devices are usually deployed to enhance employee effectiveness in the warehouse. They allow users to move around hands-free and pick product quickly and effectively.

But wearables don’t need to stop at mobile computers. Today, ring scanners are a wearable technology that also facilitates freedom of movement and increased productivity. Wired and wireless versions are both available.

Wired versions are coupled with wearable mobile computers, while the wireless ones use Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies to connect to devices throughout the warehouse.

Because wearables are evolving quickly in terms of optimisation, structure, and use capability, it is important to stay up to date on every possible implementation idea for this technology.

By having this knowledge at hand, trusted advisors can communicate better with end-users and provide them with a clear picture of how to use wearables in their own projects and how they can benefit.

It only takes a look at how wearables are transforming the consumer market with smart watches, smart glasses and digital lanyards to understand the impact this technology could have in our work lives.

A recent report from Salesforce Research predicted it to be the fastest growing sector, and growth in the enterprise is expected to be 300% in the next two years.

The largest growth areas centre around cutting edge technology that can further personalise the customer experience, such as location sensing technology.

The Salesforce report goes as far as to say that companies that “see the opportunity to harness the constant flow of data available through wearable devices. They believe that the influx of information will shape the business world by creating new technologies, services, and even entirely new industries”.

The fact is that wearable smart devices are not only becoming more accepted by the consumer, but they expect to see businesses making use for the latest technology – further pushing the demand for these types of devices.

For example, some of the use cases for these devices include hands-free instruction and guides in field service, remote training, and real-time access to customer data. 

For more information on the latest wearable devices and how they can be deployed in today’s warehouse environments, visit the BlueStar website today.


Samantha is BlueStar's Digital Media Specialist, and the primary contributing writer for VartechNation. Previously, she has worked as a Public Relations Associate and a Social Media Manager.