The Connected Body-Can We Get Value From Wearables
From health trackers, like the Basis band and Nike Fuelband, to communications devices including Google Glass and the widely-anticipated iWatch, the wearables market is poised to top $12 billion by 2018. This growth prompts important questions around the future of the category and the value wearables bring. Do we need more places on our bodies to read email and get online? Do we know what to do with all the data, like 24/7 heart rate and sweat levels? Are wearables about offering short-term gratification, (can I find a restaurant/fit into my swimsuit?) or providing real lifestyle changes (I want to live longer/give up my smartphone)? We will focus on how wearables can provide greater value to your health. Health-related devices are estimated to be 60% of the wearables market, so understanding the health market will be key to the future. We will look at how form factors will evolve and explore the growing role of mobile and software in providing deeper, richer insights into our health.
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- Do we need more places on our bodies to read email and texts, and access the web?
- Today we can get physiological metrics like heart rate and calories burned at glance, what will future wearable health devices deliver?
- With the wrist in high demand, where else on our body can we comfortably capture and review physiological and communications data, and in what form factors?
- Will wearables make smartphones obsolete?
- Beyond physiological data, what other data should we layer in, such as weather and other environmental information, to provide even richer, deeper insights about our health?
Damon Miller Basis Science
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