Future of Wearables

Dan Ledger, Founder of Path Collaborative based in United States participates in Risk Roundup to discuss the Future of Wearables Technology.

 OVERVIEW

When the wireless technology industry moves at the speed of light, what will be its impact to the existing and emerging initiatives in cyberspace, geospace and space? Of the many initiatives that will be impacted across cyberspace, geospace and space; perhaps the impact on wearables is expected to be profound.

From fitness trackers to smart watches, smart glasses to health trackers; wearables technology today, is rapidly moving towards a tomorrow of not only efficiency, affordability, and functionality; but also speed and size that is fundamental to support tracking and other desired functionality. As the potential of wearables is likely to lead nations to a future of countless possibilities, it is important to evaluate which advances in technology are empowering wearables to collectively become faster, smaller and effective.

WEARABLES: CURRENT TRENDS AND FUTURE

As the future of wearables technology promise is almost here, it is important to understand and evaluate what advances in technology are empowering wearables to become faster, smaller and effective simultaneously.

  • What are the current trends in wearable technology?
  • What are some new products that are coming out soon?
  • Who are the top players in wearables?
  • How will they change the technological landscape in the coming years?
  • Is wearable technology gaining momentum?
  • What is the functional potential of wearable technology?

WEARABLES: APPLICATIONS

The arrival of wearables has begun to change industries. In the coming years wearable technology will likely revolutionize all industries. It is important to understand:

  • How have industries changed or changing due to wearables?
  • What all industry specific wearable devices are expected in the coming years?
  • How is wearable technology used in retail? What are the key use cases and requirements?
  • What is the future of wearable technology in the fashion industry?
  • What is the future of wearable technology in specific sectors like healthcare?
  • Are nanotech powered wearables a possibility?

WEARABLES AND POWER

It is said that there needs to be innovations in battery for wearables to succeed in the coming years. What is the reason behind that? Why is there a need for innovation?

  • What are some innovations that will transform wearable tech?
  • How can low power requirements be achieved?
  • What impact will we see because of the potential of self-powering systems on the state of wearables technology?

CHALLENGES

As we try to work our way towards a future that promises smarter, smaller, affordable and effective wearables, it is important to understand the complex challenges that needs to be identified, evaluated and managed before we reach the future-

  • What are the current issues and obstacles that needs to be overcome?
  • What are the challenges that will limit their usefulness?

SECURITY

In a wearable ecosystem, security is a necessary enabler for continuity of the initiative, and or business. We are still struggling with managing computer and network security risks. wearables is much more complex.

  • What efforts are made to understand and manage the emerging wearables security risks?
  • What allows the security vulnerabilities of the mobile networks today that puts wearables at risk?
  • Are there any initiatives to build the security in the network?
  • Why is there a growing concern that security in wearables will be more challenging?
  • What are the basic questions revolving around wearable security at the moment? What are the security implications of wearables?
  • What security challenges do you see from a large number of connected wearables devices?
  • What security requirements are truly needed for wearables?

WEARABLES: REGULATION AND COMPLIANCE

  • Are there any requirements that wearable technology needs to meet? What should the standards of wearables look like?
  • Are there any manufacturing guidelines for wearables?
  • Are there any regulatory standards or other guidelines that needs to be met for wearable technology?

CONCLUSION

As we move from an age where technology used to be on our desks, then pockets, then clothes and shoes and so on; we are entering an exciting new age, where technology will not only be cleverly displayed on human bodies but will one day even be merged with them. It is important that we understand its impact and evaluate further:

  • What does this mean for individuals and entities across nations: its government, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA)?
  • What impact will it have?
  • What security risks does it bring to us?

Time is now to talk about Wearables Security Risks!


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About the Guest

Dan Ledger is the founder and principal at Path Collaborative, a strategy consulting and research firm that helps companies identify and pursue emerging opportunities related to health, athletic performance and wellness.  Prior to forming Path Collaborative, Dan was a principal at Endeavour Partners where he led a great several consulting projects and research related to wearable technology, connected health and IoT. He has advised numerous startups, larger service providers, and OEMs on product definition, service design, ecosystem strategy, and go- to-market planning within this space. Dan has appeared on NPR, Bloomberg and CNN talking about the future of wearable technology. His research in wearable technology has been covered by GigaOm, The Guardian, Fast Company, Fortune, Forbes, TechRepublic, and CBS. Dan has multiple engineering degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and a Masters degree from MIT.

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