Wearables are best suited for fast-paced workplaces, says Android developer


Wearables are better suited for a fast-paced workplace than smartphones, argues Jared Banyard, Android developer at Lua.

"In an environment where action can't wait--hospitals, hotels, stadiums, etc.--the advantage of notifications on your wrist is clear. It's not productive to dig into your pocket to access your smartphone for an update only to find yourself distracted by other things going on within your device (Instagram, email, etc.)," writes Banyard in a Wired article.

"For today's CIOs, if you lose sleep to the thought of employees being easily distracted by non-work activities on their smartphones, wearables and the efficiency they afford individuals may make sense for your workforce," he adds.

Nicole Tricoukes, head of Motorola Solutions' HC1 headset computer project, agrees that enterprises will benefit the most from wearables. "I do think the enterprise is going to embrace wearable mobiles a lot faster [than the past was of mobile devices], and I think it's going to be the fastest to benefit," Tricoukes tells VentureBeat in an interview.

"I think companies are going to find new avenues and ways to serve their customers. I think they're [wearables] going to be the front-end, to the data acquisition that drive the backend [data] analytics," she adds.

As FierceMobileIT reported last week, a panel at Wearable Tech Expo said that meaningful wearables use would come first in the enterprises because the use cases are clearer and the obstacles to adoption are lower.

Not everyone agrees with this rosy assessment of wearables in the enterprise. Speaking at the Wearable Tech Expo last week, Myriam Joire, chief product evangelist at smartwatch maker Pebble, identified a number of challenges wearables will have to overcome before they are embraced by the enterprise, according to a report by CIO. These include poor battery life, lack of charging connector standards, energy inefficiency of color displays, data input challenge, privacy concerns, lack of efficient Internet connectivity and design issues.

Privacy has been a particular enterprise concern for Google Glass, which enables users to record video and audio surreptitiously. Google Glass has been banned in some public places and has been the subject of intense scrutiny by privacy agencies around the world.

Wearables will be coming to the enterprise in significant numbers. IT managers need to perform due diligence to ensure that these devices do not increase the security risks for the company or undermine the privacy rights of employees.

For more:
- read Banyard's column at Wired
check out Tricoukes' interview with VentureBeat
see Joire's views in CIO

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