I’m just returning from the Wearable tech show having seen some fantastic innovations.
Its great to see businesses small and large innovating. Identifying a problem or a gap and filling it with innovation.
So what can I tell you about the show… Well, firstly…
- I used 1,620 calories getting there, walking around and back to the train, which equates to 5,622 steps and achieved half my daily activity goal. Wearable tech in action!
All of which is meaningless to you but useful to a Type 1 diabetic that now knows how much insulin to inject for the rest of the day and that he needs to go to the gym tonight to reach his daily activity goal! Now its become useful tech.
The point is that all the devices being developed offer something personal to the user that either fills a gap or enhances their existing knowledge of their surroundings or personal activity.
I have a Polar Loop on my wrist which provides the stats listed above. I use this with a blood testing machine that USBs with my laptop to show my sugar levels – as soon as there is a gadget that does both I will be embracing it.
So what was at the show
Textiles and electronics have come together with stretchable printed circuits (www.express-circuits.co.uk) and sensors embedded throughout
Hhead gear that puts you in a virtual world (Espon Europe and http://optinvent.com), apps that allow you to:
- Virtually furnish a room (www.vividworks.com)
- Create and see an experience via scanning a logo/icon (www.zappar.com/)
- Create a virtual building for Property developers (http://www.octagon-studio.com/)
Just placing your device on a charge pad to give you more juice (www.air-charge.com/)
Now becoming a reality, retailing at £800 for a basic printer but being made available for free on Friday’s at Fab Lab London (http://fablablondon.org/ ) to encourage their development.
- A bum bag that inflates if you are about to fall (www.o-range.com/en/products/),
- A golf shirt that tracks your swings on your phone and recommends changes (www.tarquiniofficial.com)
- A head set that ‘improves your health day after day’ by reducing your stress levels (www.melomind.com)
- Solar back packs that allow you to charge your devices anywhere(http://www.o-range.com/en/products/)
All this innovation on the back of the Apple Watch announcement which we summarised in Chris’ blog.
Stat of the day
The stat of the day came from CISCO stating there would be half a billion wearable tech devices by 2020
Innovation of the day
For me it has to be the golf shirt that tracks your swing on your phone and recommends changes (www.tarquiniofficial.com) – this could be a real challenge for the app.
Author: Henry Sanford
Henry is an experienced online communications consultant who has worked with a number of FTSE 100/250 companies, helping them to communicate with their key stakeholders whilst maximising their use of data to generate informed decisions and increased engagement with customers. He heads up our Digital and Corporate Reporting teams, and is interested in all gadgets that make life simpler. Recent projects include an international product launch across Europe, Middle East & Africa as well as leading a large data integration project in the UK.
A fan of all sports, he is often seen supporting the Exeter Chiefs most weekends but without the headdress and tomahawk!