How Wearable Devices Are Creating Innovation in the Workplace

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One of the biggest upcoming trends in wearables in the workplace could be "hearables" -- high-tech, in-ear devices like Nuheara IQbuds, which are designed for augmenting hearing. Hearables let people who struggle to hear voices in loud work environments to cut through the noise to better communicate with others. Some devices even allow workers to control how they hear the world around such as horns or sirens from vehicles, forklifts or other sources without affecting their ability to communicate, while others will translate languages.

"Hearables are essentially computers in the ear," explained David Carrington, co-founder of Nuheara. "Using sophisticated, innovative in-ear technology hearables not only enables hands-free, voice-activated communication but also the ability to measure and analyze user behavior as it relates to noise and location, delivering actionable data to management to improve worker productivity."

As wearable devices evolve, they will take on more functionality, especially within the workplace, potentially affecting the data within a wide range of industries.

On one hand, wearables are revolutionizing the workplace, with innovations that create a safer work environment or enhance the way professionals are able to go about their job. Expect to see developers produce new versions of devices and apps to accommodate wearables in the workplace, enabling improved network access and offering new collaboration tools for employees.

On the other hand, wearables open the door to potential security risks.

"This will also introduce new vulnerabilities as wearables can be accessed via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth," said Varun Kohli, VP of Marketing at Skycure. "A hacker can leverage either or both gates to get access to wearables to steal both personal and corporate data. More importantly, new applications written specifically for wearables are bringing new vulnerabilities to the app level."

Because developers are most interested in getting their product to market, this leads to them taking security shortcuts that will affect the overall risk posture of the organization. Bringing in these wearable/IoT devices opens the door for hackers and hactivists looking for an easy in.

Here are some of the ways wearables are changing the workplace – and one device that we never think of as wearable but may be the most important device we own.

 
 
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