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Wearable trends show maturity and opportunity in 2018

12 Mar 2018
With insiders and the public agreeing that Wearables were in need of a shakedown and re-boot in 2017, what has changed and what is going on in 2018?

If March 2017 punctuated the end of an era, 2018 has already shown strong signs of the start of a new chapter in Wearable Technology. We are seeing some significant, plausible developments in highly integrated and low power sensor technologies, partly amplified by the demands of the Hear-ables market, but also accelerated by the general need for smaller, lower power systems. This goes some way to address the onerous constraints of limited battery energy densities. Hearables (as Nick Hunn rightly indicates) are a triumph for the chip designers and engineers working in that space. But will this now be the year of the battery and the start of the ubiquity phase of discrete, body worn computing?

It feels like the last 12 months has been a formative time all over again. A lot has changed and the maturing Smart Watch, Fitness Band and Hearables sectors are being joined by interesting devel-opments in Smart Jewellery, Smart Shoes and Smart Clothing. In addition, buoyed by the boost from VR and AR application development, new applications in Smart Glass technology are now emerging into the space Google paved with the Glass project In 2013.

I firmly believe that the technology advances that we are seeing in virtual reality, AI and a maturing of many key technologies underpinning body worn sensor technologies may well actually surpass the expectations of a tainted public perception of Wearables this year. Would it not be ironic if this were the case, just 12 months after the disillusionment of last year!"

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Jacob Skinner, DPhil, BEng, MIET, MInstP

Bio:
Jacob Skinner is a Product Development expert, working with people and technology to create user driven prod-ucts with real value. Especially passionate about Wellbeing, Health and Social Impact projects, he works across disciplines to solve technical challenges in Wearable Technology and the wider IoT space. Alongside Dave Sand-bach he is the driving force behind Thrive Wearables.

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