Virtual and augmented reality head-mounted displays, like the Oculus Rift or Microsoft HoloLens, will not only make major strides in the consumer market this year, but also in enterprises, predicted Gartner.
Like many self-employed freelancers, I spent last week hunting for a health insurance policy before the open enrollment period ended. Failure to buy a policy by January 31 would not only leave one with an extreme health risk, but could also result in penalties of $695 or more per person in the household when it comes time to file 2016 tax returns. A double whammy, as it were. But a funny thing happened on my way to secure a policy. But funny only in a peculiar and danger-laden sense. Here's what happened…
Gone are the days of manually collecting data from each animal on the farm. The world of wearable technology for livestock is growing, and Modern Farmer recently outlined five wearable device that dairy farmers could attach to their cows to better track vital data like health, location and even the presence of predators that could harm them.
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.
Motion sensors in wearables provide a "pervasive attack surface" that could be exploited by attackers to steal confidential data, warned two researchers at the IT University of Copenhagen.
Fitbit, the popular fitness tracker vendor in the wearables market, now faces a class-action lawsuit after customers complained of inaccurate heart rate monitoring in its products, reported The Verge.
Enterprise wearable adoption is expected to increase sixfold this year, predicted wearables software firm APX Labs. One-third of that growth will be due to companies deploying these devices for the first time, while the other two-thirds will be companies finding new use cases for currently deployed devices.
CES is firmly a consumer show but consumer trends often offer hints about the future of technology in the enterprise.
Wearable shipments increased from 25.3 million in 2014 to 72.5 million in 2015, accoridng to the latest stats from Sweden-based M2M/IoT research firm Berg Insight. At a compound annual growth rate of 25.8 percent, Berg Insight predicted wearable shipments will increase to 228 million in 2020.
Wearables have already made significant headway in both the consumer and healthcare markets, but according to a recent IDTechEx report, new made-for-wearables sensors are about to explode on the market. Watch out! Here comes smart everything. Say goodbye to big data and hello to extreme data.