Whether you’re lining up for an Apple Watch, using the heads-up display of Google Glass, or sporting one of the hundreds of activity and sleep trackers, it’s clear that wearable technology is exploding. No longer bulky and cumbersome gadgets, today’s wearables are fashionably… data-chic. We’re moving toward a world where all devices are becoming connected devices, and the market is exploding. In 2014, the wearables market is forecast as up to $10 billion, and growing rapidly.
Today’s wearables are like the cell phone cameras of the early 2000s. And just like the early phone cameras, they will improve in quality, usability, and utility as they become ubiquitous. If the best camera is the camera you have, what’s the best wearable? The one you’ll wear. The real value of wearables is in the passive collection of data, and providing us with relevant insights and actions. But in order to reap these benefits, data has to look good when you wear it.
Rachel is a neuroscientist who is passionate about making sensor data accessible, actionable, and predictive. How do we take sensor data to the next level, from tracking to actions? Rachel is active in the Bay Area hardware community, and runs a sensor meetup (meetup.com/Sensored) and discussion group (bit.ly/sensorites).