Smart Watches Just the Beginning: New White Paper Outlines Markets for ‘Truly Wearable Electronics’

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 12:13pm
Plastic Electronics

Chances are, you’ve heard about the new Samsung Galaxy Gear Smart Watch. Its recent ubiquity following a relentless marketing campaign has meant that wearable technology is now a hot topic, and other global firms such as Sony and Apple are also reportedly getting into the smart watch game. But what do smart watches really offer, and will they be replacing your tablet or smartphone any time soon?

Pitched as a more convenient way to send messages, check emails and take pictures, smart watches are essentially an extension of your smartphone, worn on the wrist. And therein lies their fundamental flaw. By limiting capabilities we are more used to seeing on a larger device, smart watches do not, yet, do justice to the term ‘wearable technology.’ They do however shed some light on the kinds of technology changing the way we communicate in years to come.

Smart Watches: The Start of the Wearable Electronics Revolution? is an exclusive free white paper from +Plastic Electronics, which discusses the current smart watch offerings. The white paper argues that the market for truly wearable devices will go much further than current smart watch developments might suggest, and that fundamental to this exciting age of wearable electronics will be conformal, flexible components that can be seamlessly integrated into wearable products. With these, developers will be able to create products that match up with our expectations of a truly wearable device.

From the High Street to wellbeing, and from fitness to healthcare, the opportunities and markets for wearable technology are numerous. For those who like to keep in shape, we’ve already seen the value of wearable technology in terms of gathering exercise metrics, especially when delivered via an inconspicuous wrist device like the Fitbit. Taking this idea further, the benefits of this technology can be applied to reduce costs and increase efficiency in the healthcare sector. In the near future, wearable technology would monitor patients’ vital signs, store them for later analysis and produce alarms in case of emergencies, all via comfortable and discreet devices. These flexible components are being developed by start-ups and global firms alike, and are in the process of coming to market.

It seems that although smart watches do not signal the dawn of the wearable electronics revolution, significant progress has been made which proves truly wearable technology can be created. Flexible electronics look poised to address the needs that products like smart watches are trying to satisfy.

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