“Having technology around you, on you, inside you, 24/7 is going to become totally commonplace.” –Becky Stern, Adafruit
We’ve been wearing technology, in a sense, since the birth of the wristwatch — and we’ve seen wearable technology advance to become more and more integrated with our bodies and movements in inventions like Google Glass and Nike Fuelband, and even our smartphones. But where is the future of wearable technology headed? And, as this video by PBS OffBook explores, what if everything we wore became part of a larger digital network?
Wearable technology, as defined here, is the concept of anything you wear on your body acting as a second skin and performing a technological function. We see DIY wearables with LEDs, fabrics with fibers that change their essence and function (and don’t need to be washed!), and headbands that detect sleep patterns.
See the video here:
This is all cool to watch, but as the video points out, the point of using big data in technology, wearable or not, is to help us inform our decisions, change our patterns, and make changes to better ourselves or others. How could you see wearable technology being used to better the economy (or even your own workplace) in the future and create more jobs or help people learn new skills? Is there potential?