Wearable Smart Technology; The Future is Here


I recently moved into a large IT organization and being new to IT with no former IT background or experience. Yes, sure I have an iPhone, tablet, playstation and a whole other range of gadgets but I am not an expert by any means. I could not tell you the difference between software-defined storage and hybrid cloud services. Because of this,  I have been taking every opportunity to get up to speed on all things tech.

I recently attended a webinar on the “Top 10 Trends and Their Impact on IT Infrastructure and Operations” provided by @Gartner_Inc. Gartner is the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company. Gartner is predicting that;

Wearable smart electronics in shoes, “tattoos,” and accessories emerges as a ten billion dollar industry by 2016.

Imagine having a tattoo that will analyze and report real-time data such as heart rate, blood pressure, blood sugar levels etc. That may be scary for a lot of people or be too much like big brother is watching you but I for one cannot wait for technology like this to be readily available for the general public. Sure there are consequences to this data, for example who will be responsible for managing this data? Will it be your doctor, some third party company (much like your home security) or will you be left to figure out what your heart rate is telling you. Maybe, the technology will be so advanced that it will be self-aware and location-aware so it will know what a heart attack is and be able to tell you where the closest hospital is or be able to call 911 for you. The possibilities are endless! Just think; people with diabetes would no longer have to prick their fingertips anymore to get their blood sugar readings; their smart tattoo would monitor that for them.

If you haven’t heard of Gartner, check them out at gartner.com/webinars.