Wireless Charging & Wearables

May 5th, 2015

Alongside the consumer realm, wearables are making their way to enterprise applications, revolutionizing segments such as manufacturing, field service, logistic, construction, retail, public safety and healthcare. Moreover, as such devices are becoming smaller, smarter and more common, it is only a matter of time until wearable technology will have a seamless wireless charging solution to enable mass adoption. We all probably heard of the Apple watch, Fitbit/Jawbone trackers and the like– now imagine these wearables with wireless charging capabilities, making life easier at work.

 

Wireless charging solutions for wearables in the enterprise

 

1. Augmented Reality (smart glasses)

AR glasses or smart glasses Wireless charging for wearable smart glasseswill essentially act as a virtual assistant at the disposal of enterprise workers, revolutionizing and improving their working experience. These glasses will enhance the features of the enterprise world by providing an assisting display customized to the different industrial purposes. The ability to see a virtual screen on top of their current reality will allow workers to effectively manage data, consult relevant experts in real-time, retrieve guidelines and extract information quickly.

The different applications of such technology are endless: whether it be firefighters that can have access to blueprints of a structure before they enter, a doctor who can consult another colleague in real-time or a construction worker who is provided virtual training in real-time. These functions not only increase productivity but provide important safety features and guidelines that will revolutionize the enterprise world as we know it.

What if AR (smart glasses) had wireless charging?

Charging AR glasses using a wire is cumbersome and impractical. Imagine that instead these wearable devices were paired with a wireless charging solution that gives the user the freedom to simply drop the glasses in a wireless charging station to charge. Meaning, that after a shift at work, all a worker has to do is put his AR glasses inside a drawer for wireless charging to begin, for example. There will be no need to search for a cable or fear the wear and tear of the USB port—making charging simple and adoption practical.

 

2. Wearable Devices for Work

Wearable devices for work is a category of devices constantly evolving  in the enterprise world to provide workers with the ability to simply and efficiently collect data and synchronize it with a main server or database.

This gives workers access to real-time information such as the status of internal inventory or outgoing assets, statistical analysis, classification, customer profiling, status of running programs, history retrieval and the like. The possibilities are endless and will undoubtedly make life a whole lot easier, while increasing productivity. If this asset is managed and integrated properly, the enterprise world will reach a whole new level of efficiency.

And if wearable devices for work had wireless charging? 

Wireless charging for wearable devices for work would allow users to comfortably and easily charge their device at the end of the work day. Meaning the device will not suddenly run out of battery in the middle of an important task and the logistic hassle of finding USB cords or a an outlet will be completely eliminated.

 

 3. Smart Ring or Ring Pointers

The Smart Ring is wearable device is a bit more futuristic, yet still fast approaching. This ring-type computing device enables “writing” words in the air and select menu items by tracing fingertip movements. Potentially this could be the complementary technology to the augmented reality glasses and their virtual display.

The idea behind the smart ring in the enterprise world is to allow field workers to stay hands-free at all times. This will allow workers to continue their regular tasks with no interruption. With wearables giving workers hands-free, convenient and more productive solutions at work, great things are to come. Manufacturers are coming to realize that enterprises are willing to pay for increased productivity and efficiency and therefore great market potential and adoption is expected.

And if the wearable smart rings had wireless charging?

For the sake of adoption, especially in the enterprise context, smart rings must have an effective charging solution. Given that they are small in size it can’t be expected that workers will not be able to deal with cables and small USB ports to charge such devices. Therefore smart rings must be coupled with a seamless wireless charging solution such as Humavox’s ETERNA wireless charging platform.

 

Taking a deeper look: wireless charging for wearable devices in the enterprise

Let’s face it, at the end of the day, when we’re assessing a device, no matter the device, we want to know the million dollar question: how do we charge it?!

Wearable technology is becoming smaller and smaller, making it harder to be patient with existing cables or replaceable batteries. If the whole concept of wearable technology is hands-free shouldn’t the wireless charging experience be as well?

In order to effectively translate wearable technology into the enterprise sphere or any other sphere for that matter, the user experience is a focal point to its success. Understanding that inseparable part of the user experience is the charging experience, it is critical that workers don’t feel it all- what we like to call ‘charging without even noticing’. The significance of this is integrating wireless charging into the enterprise world.
This means saying NO to all that is obsolete- no to cables, no to USB ports and no to replaceable batteries.

With Humavox’s ETERNA platform charging becomes seamless, manufacturers can provide a wireless charging solution that fits the simultaneous charging of multiple industrial or enterprise wearables with a drop & charge experience. Allowing workers to drop the devices in a drawer at the end of the day and be confident that tomorrow morning they will have a full battery for a new day.

 

The wireless charging & wearable future

With wearables giving workers a hands-free, convenient and more productive solution at work, great things are to come. Manufacturers are coming to realize that enterprises are willing to pay for increased productivity and efficiency and therefore great market potential and adoption is expected. It is only a matter of time until wearables become part of the work environment and with it wireless charging.

 

The Future of Wireless Charging for Wearables in Various Fields

In a month-long series of articles we reviewed the future of wireless charging for wearable devices in four major fields: the workplace, healthcare, fitness and consumer electronics. Read more about the future of wireless charging for wearables.

 

Wireless Charging for Wearables in the Workplace

Wearable devices have a huge potential to transform the workplace in various industries including packing and delivery, military, oil, gas & energy and many others. They can provide a real-time, hands free way to function within the industry that is expected to increase real-time performance, assist in decision-making and optimize different work efforts.  To increase wearable adoption and improve the charging experience of workplace wearable devices, a small, simple wireless charging solution is required.

 

Wearables and Wireless Charging in Healthcare

Wearables and wireless charging are set on making a huge impact in the medical and healthcare sector. Physicians, patients, hospitals and insurance companies are all jumping on the bandwagon to find the best possible way to aggregate your personal data into actionable guidance and assistance, as well as simply improve your health. With the implementation of  wireless charging in wearable healthcare devices adoption can be made easier and more effective.

 

Wireless Charging for Wearable Fitness Devices

As wearable fitness devices become more popular and an integral part in maintaining our health and fitness, user experience has become the new focus. With fitness devices becoming more comfortable, smaller and smarter, they require a simpler wireless charging solution for the fully seamless user experience. A wireless charging solution that is able to integrate into the smallest of electronic devices, such as Humavox’s wireless charging solution.

 

Wearables & Wireless Charging for Consumers

In 2015, 39.5 million people in the US owned a wearable device, mainly activity trackers or smartwatches. Wearable consumer electronic devices are quickly becoming mainstream and are beginning to change how we work, live, and communicate with each other on a daily basis. As devices are increasing in number it is imperative to make the charging experience simple, user-friendly and basically – wireless. Read more to find out what the future holds for wearable consumer electronics and how wireless charging can improve the user experience.

 

Wireless Charging Wearables & Beyond – Selected Wearable Devices

As mentioned before, wireless charging and wearables are at the forefront of revolutionizing many different industries. At Humavox wireless charging we follow the latest inventions in wearable technology and review the most interesting and innovative devices in a variety of fields.

Fitbit Charge HR

Fitbit Charge HR is used to continuously track your heart rate, as well as monitoring calories burned, daily steps, distance traveled and more.

Quell Drug-Free Pain Relief

An over-the-counter wearable pain relief device that uses Wearable Intensive Nerve Stimulation (WINS) technology to alleviate pain.

Yono Fertility Tracker

A tiny in-ear wearable thermometer to help track fertility by measuring a woman’s basal temperature during sleep.

Vuzix M100

Hands-free wearable smart glasses with all the features and capabilities of a smartphone and more.

HereO

A GPS tracking wearable smart watch designed to track the activity of children between the ages 3 to 12.

Nymi Band

A unique tracking band which utilizes the user’s unique heart-ID to unlock devices, remember passwords, and provide access to his personal daily environment.