Offices, factories and other workplaces of the future will operate more efficiently and deliver more value to customers, thanks to increasing adoption of wearable devices such as smart glasses.
This is the outlook from APX Labs, a developer of software for enterprise-level smart devices. The company recently released its 2016 Wearable Technology Predictions, based on surveys, conversations with customers and an analysis of industry trends.
Here’s a quick rundown of what APX expects will happen over the next year and beyond:
1. 2016 will Bring the Slow-Motion Collision of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Wearables
APX predicts 18% of industrial companies will develop solutions involving machines equipped with IoT sensors that transmit data to smart glasses and smart watches.
2. 2016 Will be the Year of The Smart Factory
The traditional manufacturing world will evolve with the adoption of a number of smart devices, including network-enabled monitors, smart industrial tools and smart glasses (that allow for hands-free collection and monitoring of data).
3. Adoption of Wearable Devices in the Enterprise Will Increase Six-Fold
APX predicts a six-fold increase in the number of wearable users in companies as the devices mature and gain market acceptance. A third of this users will reflect first-time deployments, and two-thirds will come from companies increasing their use of smart wearable technology.
4. Wearables Will Sit in the Hardware Design Drivers Seat
Wearables have had to make do with processors and components designed for other devices, but that will change in 2016 as manufacturers design and build components and batteries with wearables in mind.
5. Even the Simplest Things at Work will get Smarter in 2016
Network-connected sensors will find their way into the most common workplace items: uniforms, badges, and hand tools, to name a few.
6. Next Year’s Holiday Gifts Will be Processed By at Least One Employee Wearing Smart Glasses
APX predicts one in 50 of holiday gifts purchased in 2016 will be processed by at least one employee using smart glasses. Opportunities for this technology are possible just about anywhere in the consumer chain, from production to the warehouse to delivery.
7. Intel Establishes Itself as a Wearables Industry Heavyweight
Intel’s acquisition of Recon Instruments and $25 million investment in smart glasses manufacturer Vuzix shows the processor manufacturer is serious about being a player in the wearables industry.