Wearable Technology Set to Revolutionize the Workplace
Technology has had a long history of helping humankind advance. There are, after all, limits to our physical strength and the amount of complex tasks and computations that the brain can complete in a timely manner.
Industrial and corporate businesses have been large drivers of technological change as they are usually one of the first to see the potential monetary and productivity benefits that could stem from the use of emerging technologies. Computers, and more recently mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, have made our jobs easier and safer as well as allowed us to do more in less time. From quality of life for workers who can now work from home more often, to companies saving tremendous capital in efficiency and personnel management, it is clear technology has improved the workplace from both sides of the spectrum. In the next five years, technology in the workplace is going to experience another revolution.
Until now, we have called on these “machines” to help us when needed. We have picked them up, pulled them out of our pockets or rolled up a chair to sit in front of them. Wearable computing will change all of this. As we free workers’ hands through this technology, we also give them computers they never lose or leave behind and machines that will “just be there.” A worker with a normal looking pair of goggles could be under the belly of a plane doing repairs with an image overlay on her heads-up display, showing her exactly what to look for. Wrist worn devices with wearer authentication could be used for secure access to restricted areas. A construction worker could lift, place and rivet an I-Beam in position with the aid of an exoskeleton on their arm.
Always on, always assisting, wearables will become a seamless part of the standard workers uniform as they continue to evolve.