Wearable tech in the enterprise: The key questions answered

A recent webinar opened our eyes to the future of the workplace, a future where the computing takes place not just on the devices at our desks in an office, but also on our bodies in the form of wearable technology.  A few years ago, the thought of wearable computing devices seemed as farfetched as the technology featured in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but things have changed quickly in just a few years—heck, even in a few months. 

Last March, we put together another webinar on Wearable Tech in the office and posed the following question to the audience: Is your company currently evaluating how wearable technology can be leveraged? 35% of the audience responded that they are evaluating it, but when asked again just 4 months later, this number increased to 60%!

I’m sure that when this question is posed again in the future, this number will be even higher, perhaps even up to 75% by the end of the year.

One of the limitations associated with a webinar on such an engaging topic is that we only have 1 hour to share all the content and address everyone’s questions, leaving more than a few questions unanswered. 

Fortunately, however, we asked Det Ansinn, President of BrickSimple and co-host of yesterday’s webinar, to stick around for a bit to answer some of the more intriguing questions from our social audience. Enjoy his insight and be sure to watch the replay of the yesterday’s webinar – online now!

How do people protect data while wearing Glass?

Software-wise, it's very similar to other Android devices. The design patterns for securely storing data and accessing web services are as valid on Glass as they are on traditional Android. There are some advantages as well. Unlike tablets or smartphones where someone can look over your shoulder, the information that you are viewing through Glass is actually more private and more discreet.

Can I use Google Glass for my communication via sign language at my IT specialist job?

There is a lot of work being done using Glass to improve accessibility. Sign language is a good example. There are also several firms working on applications to help improve emotional intelligence for autistic users. Wearables present an opportunity for improved quality of life and new interactions.

What sort of applications could there be for wearable tech in law enforcement?

While video capture is one of the more obvious aspects and is already in trials, law enforcement can also benefit from the technology in more interesting ways. For example, the heads-up display on Glass can be used to discreetly deliver warrant information and improve officer safety.

Are there any statistics or concerns about "distraction" while using these devices while driving, walking, biking?

To date, there is not much statistical information with regard to distraction by wearables. Glass is relatively unobtrusive compared to other technologies like your smartphone or tablet. When you wear it for some time, it practically disappears from view. Driving and walking directions through Glass are quite intuitive and navigation is a popular use for the device.

As the wave of wearable computing continues its flow into the office, more and more questions will be undoubtedly be brought up. One question that all organizations should be asking themselves is this: Are we prepared for wearable devices in OUR office?

What questions do you have about wearable technology and its role in the enterprise? Is your business currently evaluating its use? Why or why not? Sound of in the comment section below!

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