Could Wearables Become Fully Mainstream In The Future?
While many people dubbed 2014 as the "year of the wearable", it may take a little more time before these portable tools are seen on every employee in every workplace.
A new study from Juniper Research, reports Personnel Today, predicts that wearable tech will soon have its moment to shine, and that by 2016 sales will treble. By 2019, they estimate that the market will generate a staggering $53 billion in hardware revenue.
Wearables are still very much in their infancy, despite the release of Apple Watch in April helping to boost the profile of such gadgets. As well as being relatively new on the scene, they are still considered to be quite expensive investments.
In addition, the functions of wearable tech are still very limited, with most of them honing in on message sharing, GPS maps or health and fitness - the latter of which is currently the most popular use.
Juniper Research has also predicted that the healthcare sector will really impact the adoption figures of wearable tech, as the case for their use is more clear-cut than in other areas.
Many businesses are already beginning to use wearables as a way of promoting fitness amongst their workers. Healthy living comes with numerous benefits; for example, increased engagement at work which leads to a rise in productivity, and even helps organizations retain talented employees.
Dr Nick Summerton from Bluecrest Health Screening has warned that, despite wearables being a positive development, people must tread carefully. He says: "You can't use medicines until there's evidence that they work and the same needs to apply to apps too."
Vital considerations, such as the risk of data abuse and employee privacy, also need to be considered.
Over time, as more research takes place, the situation is likely to develop; wearables could become the norm, especially when it comes to boosting corporate wellbeing. Watch this space.