The Differentiating Form Factors of Wearable Devices

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Wearable devices are here to stay and time being they may evolve further. At present, we have limited forms of wearable devices so we can easily categorize them using their usage patterns. Let us dive deeper.


In the 1960s, we had set step in PC world at commercial and personal level. After each decade, we have witnessed the form factor changes in computing devices and their technologies, capacities, and innovations in functionality. Our computing technologies have observed evolution gradually, form laptops to smartphones and now wearable devices.


At present market is buzzing with various forms of wearable devices and our definition of wearable becomes wider than we think for a moment. For instance, today we have smart watches, smart glasses, smart clothes, smart shoes and socks, wristbands, waistbands, leg bands, buttons, and many other forms.


Thus, wearable devices present more differentiating form factors than we can simply imagine due to their different usage and purposes. If we try to group them in some comprehensive manners, we can do that in following ways.


Wearable Devices: Smart Wrist Watches

Many leading wearable devices manufacturers and promoters have unveiled smart watches in different shapes and sizes, which are offering different sets of features and functionality some borrowed from smartphones while many unique, mainly relying on the master app seated in handheld devices.


Recently social media is more enthusiastic to grab its instant notification and swift response delivering characteristics. Email providers foresee more interactive forms of smart watches where mere email checking is basic functionality, but enabling e-commerce and e-transactions are their targets just like M-commerce. Besides showing real-time display of date & time, smart watches are also meant for displaying calendar and relevant task management features including weather info, etc.


E-ticket, e-pass, e-vouchers, QR coder, etc. are somewhat more in contexts in smart watches than on smartphones, you need not extend your hands to your pocket anymore.


Wearable Devices: Smart Glasses

Human brain manages all functions that a human does and hands/legs are mere body extensions to follow. Thus, smartphones are far away from the brain, while smart watches have some distance from the brain. Compared to all, smart glasses are the nearest device that interacts with brain directly with less distance and tradeoffs. Thus, its direct beneficiaries are enterprise and high-level professionals. For instance, doctors can use smart glasses during operation and avoid diverting their attention to look at monitors and various devices frequently as well as can get expert advices by directly connecting and showing real-time operation to other expert doctors.


Similarly, sales persons, warehouse workers, etc, can scan goods on the spot and update inventory on the cloud database. Thus, enterprises are more interested in further improvements of Google glasses.


Wearable Devices: Activity Tracker

Various activity trackers like wristwatches, wristbands, clothes, shoes/socks, etc. are exhibiting more form factors of wearable devices in this category. Moreover, activity trackers generally collect vital data of body and others from surroundings through sensors and ship them to the cloud database for further process and analysis. Thus, activity tracker category devices are somewhat passive compared to smart watches and smart glasses. Despite their passiveness, activity trackers are more commercial in return. For instance, healthcare and fitness industries are enjoying their commercial benefits by combining wearable apps with mobile apps and produce big pictures through effective presentation of data and results. Same the way, sports niche, insurance niche, etc. are tracking the personal data of players or customers and take nearly accurate decisions based on that.


Recently, Apple has issued guidelines and wearable development kit, just like it had done in case of first iPhone and initiated wearable application development with 3rd party developers. Lujayn among the pioneer iPhone development companies, is ready to go for wearable app development despite many possible hurdles in the way.