Some of the limitations to wearables becoming more mainstream are that they are not able to hold a charge very long and different types of devices require different types of chargers. As wireless charging becomes more popular and standardized among wearables, smart devices will become much more practical and will become more integrated into our everyday life.
Smartwatches may be one of the most popular and well-known types of wearables, but there are four other categories of wearables that will be hugely impacted by wireless charging technology.
Smart glasses put the power of the internet in front of your eyes. These glasses give the wearer the ability to browse the web, record things, use GPS and listen to music, along with a variety of other features. Some companies are taking smart glasses a step further and are working to develop smart contact lenses that could one day monitor for certain health conditions, provide a 3D viewing experience or deliver medications. Although smart glasses seem to be from the future with all of their advanced features, the one thing that isn’t very futuristic about them is that many of these devices still require cables to charge the glasses. Wireless charging technology will streamline the charging process and make the smart glasses user experience more friendly and fun.
Right now arm bands seem to be the most popular type of fitness trackers. However, sensor technology has been embedded in a variety of forms including smart helmets, earbuds and even smart patches which can be placed anywhere on the body. These devices can perform a variety of functions, including acting as a heart rate monitor, accelerometer, pedometer and sleep tracker. As companies embrace wireless charging technology, fitness trackers will become even more innovative and smaller.
Smart health devices can provide extremely valuable information about a person’s health. Hearing aids, blood pressure monitors, cardiac monitors and defibrillators are a few examples of the types of smart health devices that are on the market, but the possibilities for these types of devices are endless. Smart health devices allow people to access critical information about their health from the comfort of their home and also enable people to share this information with doctors or family members. It’s critical for health monitoring devices to not run out of battery, something that could put people’s health in danger, which is why wireless charging technology is an ideal charging solution for these devices.
sensor technology has been embedded in a variety of forms including smart helmets, earbuds and even smart patches which can be placed anywhere on the body
Embedded sensors can allow almost all types of clothing to become “smart.” Smart clothing has the potential to monitor your vital signs to provide fitness or health related information. Wireless charging technology seems like a necessity when it comes to smart clothing; after all, wouldn’t it seem odd to plug in your shoes or shirt to a wall charger?
It’s clear that the Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming our world and changing the way we interact with everyday objects. With wireless charging technology, smart devices will continue becoming more innovative and more practical.
2015 was a big year for the wearable ecosystem in that an estimated 39.5 million US adults used some kind of wearable, namely an activity tracker or smartwatch. That’s a 57.7% jump from 2014,...