When Google Glass was first introduced, it was met by a flurry of bad press. Concerns from critics, citing privacy issues, and bills drafted by legislators, troubled by the effects that such devices might have on things like road safety, caused several businesses to ban the technology without really testing the waters. However, despite past hesitations, the market for intelligent wearable technology continues to grow at a steady pace.
What was previously only available in a handful of devices, is now present in watches, wristbands, necklaces – even sunglasses. People in every social class and sector are excited about the idea of wearable technology and the promise of using this technology to enhance their personal and professional lives. In fact, recently, a company announced the progress they had made in developing a wearable device that could predict health warnings up to six hours in advance!
With successes like these, there is no doubting why businesses would be wise to consider the development of enterprise mobility apps for wearable devices. In a world where smart glasses, watches and other wearables are positioned to become as common as tablets and smartphones, it is only a matter of time before businesses will need to consider whether or not to permit them as part of their existing BYOD policies or whether or not to harness the technology in their app development strategies.
What exactly would an enterprise mobility app for a wearable device look like? What functionality would it have? How would it differ from the current mobile app for smartphones or tablets? And, most importantly, what benefits would a business receive?
Mobility Apps for Wearables
We’ve long surpassed the days where apps that make a wearable device a simple extension of someone’s smartphone are ‘good enough’. Users no longer have an interest in a watch that will alert them of new text messages.
Nowadays, in order to meet user demands, developers need to harness the unique functionality of wearables, like voice-command, GPS or gyroscope. Commonly, wearables are used in a way the tracks body movement and vibrations. However, they are gaining traction when they are designed to mesh with the wearer’s behaviour.
How will apps designed for wearables enhance your enterprise?
It is possible for both operational efficiency and safety to be greatly enhanced with the integration of hands-free smart technology into the workplace. As an added benefit, a technology unique to wearable devices could lead to significant improvements in both customer service capabilities and customer experience. Consider smart glasses, for example, the ability to feed through scripts to salespeople, provide them with customer specs – all without them ever having to break eye contact with their customer. The possibilities are endless.