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The One Video You Need to See This Week: Will We All Be Wearing Our Technology Soon?

“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?

 

Amy K. McDonnell

About Amy K. McDonnell

Originally hailing from Ohio, Amy is the editorial manager on the content services team and has been with both CareerBuilder and the city of Chicago for nearly a decade. She writes on a range of recruitment topics on The Hiring Site, striving to bring a dose of clarity and humor to sometimes complicated issues around employee attraction, engagement and retention. When she's not working, Amy spends as much time as possible reading, pretending to be a chef, writing short stories, eating Nutella out of the jar, waiting for CTA buses and trains, going to see her favorite bands live, and spending time with people who inspire and challenge her.
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