Two pieces of news make it apparent that a key piece of wearable computing is gaining steam.
The electronic watch sector is destined to be pretty crowded.
According to eWeek:
"Smart watches from Apple and Samsung will have plenty of competition—nearly every major tech brand has admitted to having such a device in the works, and so do many lesser-known brands."
The bigger picture is even more intriguing. Electronic glasses and watches are the most visible first steps in what could become a deluge. Computerworld’s Mike Elgan suggests that what these gadgets represent is far more than adding data to what the user sees and supplementing the time of day carried on a watch:
Wearable computing is nothing less than a fundamental shift in our relationship to computers and the Internet.
The long story makes the essential point that integrating computing into the body that is using it creates personal area networks (PANs), which result in applications that are different and more nuanced than computers carried by the owner, such as smartphones and laptops. Specialized uses tied to the specific area of the body hosting the PAN will emerge. In short, electronic glasses and watches are an early wave of PANs, which herald a significant change in mobility and its uses.
The wearable computing segment seems like a natural. The first sign that that indeed is the case is the great interest from both vendors and end users in electronic glasses and watches. IT departments should track this growing segment. Bring your own device (BYOD) may eventually give way to Wear your own device (WYOD).