Wearables need to be multifunctional to remain disruptive, says Frost & Sullivan


If wearable technology is to remain successful and disruptive, devices must be able to handle multiple applications and have a decent battery life, according to Frost & Sullivan.

The research firm released a new report Wednesday – "Futuristic Outlook of Wearable Technology in Key Applications" – saying that wearables will be disruptive in many markets, including industrial, consumer and even homeland security.

In order for these devices to remain viable, though, users must be able to use them for several functions, and wearables should have strong batteries in order to carry out those functions. Luckily, said Frost & Sullivan, the miniaturization trend adopted by some device and chip makers will make this possible.

Even though wearables are generally small in size, miniaturization allows chip makers to fit more information and functionality onto the chips within devices. To put it simply – there is more power in a smaller space.

The evolution of technologies like Bluetooth, cellular connectivity, Zigbee and Wi-Fi is also a boon for wearables, according to the report.

Ultimately, though, it takes a village. App developers, device makers, service providers and stakeholders need to work in conjunction to fully realize the potential of wearables, particularly in the enterprise.

For more:
- read the press release

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