Where Will the Internet of Things and Wearable Technology Take Us?

An icon from icon theme Crystal Clear.The Cloud. Apps. Domains. Big Data. With so many techy buzzwords, computer jargon, and computer slang, the world of technology can have us feeling out of touch in a nanosecond! And now there are two more buzzwords floating around that seem to have the average Joe a little more than confused: wearable technology and the “Internet of Things”.

We like to try to keep you informed of upcoming trends in technology and hope that we can help alleviate some confusion about them. Though we are in the somewhat humdrum business of government accounting software, we also live every day in the exciting place where new technology meets tried-and-true software.

Wearable technology

What is wearable technology? You may have heard of the Google Glass or the iWatch; these are called wearable technologies. It’s where technology meets wearables, for the purposes of integrating your online activities with your life. So if you’ve ever had your shoes report how many miles you’ve run, or had a watch that notified you that an email came through, you are part of the wearable technology revolution.

How will it change things? Wearable technology is expected to change the way many things are done, and in some cases, these changes are already starting. Google Glass and its “hands-free technology” allows users to do many things that previously could only be done with hand-held mobile devices or cameras. However, privacy concerns have caused many companies to change their policies on wearable technology. So with so many privacy concerns, technology companies are wondering: “is there a future for wearable technology or is it just a fad that will die out within a few years?”

The Internet of Things

What is “The Internet of Things”? “The “Internet of Things” (IoT) is the term given to unique-identified objects which have the ability to transfer data as a standalone entity.

Originally, the thought of how IoT would work went something like this: content creators and owners of content publish their works to the Internet with pre-established copyright and digital restrictions. The piece is then made available to users on a usage basis. For example, a customer buying a movie could choose to pay a high price for the ability to watch the movie for a whole year, pay a moderate price and have the right to watch the movie for a week, or pay a low fee each time the user chooses to watch the movie.

Now, IoT refers to a much more generic idea of the connectivity of devices, systems and services that goes beyond machine-to-machine communications, connecting us in new ways digitally.

How will it change things? The Internet of Things will continue to make the daily operations of our lives easier: our car will start remotely, we will pre-heat our oven on our commute home, and we will even have doctor appointments made for us based on wearable health-screening technology. While efficient, IoT takes some of the human element out of the process. We are already seeing that happen, with the majority of people not able to recite a phone number from memory or find an address without GPS.

The future of these trends

While complications and unknown “side-effects” are expected to happen over the next several years, the Internet of Things and wearable computing are expected to make huge strides and advances in technology. Privacy concerns will have a huge impact on just how far these technological advances are able to develop. And what about people who choose not to join in this technological revolution? It is predicted that there will be an ever-increasing distance between them and the ones who do jump on the tech train. Relationships and the way people communicate with each other will change (and in many ways already has) due to the increased connectivity options.

Remember—these devices must still be operated by humans, which means that things such as human error will still be prevalent. But in many ways, being more connected will eliminate or lessen many problems such as miscommunication, or complete lack of communication between devices, corporations, governments and people.

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