the wearable or wearable technology has been one of the key trends of the year that just passed. But what is the real situation of these smart clothes? Is it a market that has already reached a certain maturity or is still in its infancy? What areas are already being successfully implemented?
To know the answers to these and other questions, Intel celebrated last December a new edition of its Trends Days, on this occasion in order to analyze the current situation and future technology vestibule short or long term.
To this end, manufacturers met in Madrid to five experts and professionals whose reflections shared in this post.
pedro_diezmaPedro Diezma: CEO Zinta Technologies, a company dedicated to the development and related consulting with the technological revolution and next-generation devices. Peter has over 15 years experience in software development and consultancy in new technologies and wearable technology.
“The wearable are having more development for companies and users. Clearly, it can be a disruptive technology in very specific processes, but can transform the way of doing things: keep your hands free, voice information or to be online will actually be disruptive. Devices change, but the model, processes and how to connect with systems that are now going to be maintained over time. ”
“With regard to the current uses of wearable, first serve to enhance our capabilities: we will be able to do more, do it better and more efficiently. On the other hand, they will help us to know ourselves better, to listen and adapt our power, our business or our life and, by extension, to better adapt to our environment. The wearable health-oriented technology will allow us to lengthen our lives an average of five years for the advice that can give us, for the monitoring and early diagnosis of certain diseases. Well used, they will allow us to live longer and live better. But there is still much to explore in behavior with these devices, there are new ways to communicate yet to be discovered. ”
Ildefonso Jose_ildefonsoJosé: CEO of First V1sion, the Spanish finalist startup Wearable Make It Challenge. His project is a shirt that records the subjective view of athletes and broadcast in real time. Before starting this adventure, he was creative director of the BBVA League.
“The wearables have a first class technological requirements, as it is developing technology that needs to be in contact with the body and has to interact with human biology. Therefore, we must continue working on solutions to the market and offer those that really provide an answer to a real need. ”
“Right now we are falling much of the solution to the problem and wearables career has only just begun. We are in a process of purification in which to move forward and grow you have to try, see if it makes sense if it adds value to your life. For there really an evolution, we need to err and make mistakes. It is part of the relations of a company and its customers. ”
Jorge_LangJorge Lang: Director of Innovation and Growth Market for Southern Europe at Intel. It is responsible for projects and programs that encourage new technologies or use forms.
“For Intel, the wearables are a part within our desire that ‘all’ is connected. This is what we know as the Internet of Things. Interestingly locate these wearable devices in an environment where everything, or almost everything is connected and intelligent. In the near future, these devices need to operate interface with all this intelligence around us. ”
“When the PC came, it was a very simple and seemingly useless thing. And suddenly it changed the way we work, communicate and have fun. In this sense, the Internet of Things, and wearables began as’ a little smart “thanks to a sensor. Since Intel want to take this to the next level: allowing these objects decide and communicate. And that will come immediately, the sensing has been a very quick process and now things will start making decisions for themselves. Those things that have really useful will end in failure, will not pass the barrier of consumer goods, but I think we are in time to find those new utilities that really deliver. ”
Angel Mendez Manuel_angel_mendezManuel: Managing Editor in Gizmodo in Spanish also collaborates with other publications such as El Pais and Cinco Dias. Manuel Angel also has previous experience in consulting firms as Pentheus.
“The market for wearables is still in its infancy. They are mixing many types of products and consumers, which makes it very difficult, especially from the point of view of the final consumer, who still see a clear profit. Furthermore, the problem is that manufacturers are focusing wearables from a pure product perspective and not from that of solving a problem. There are very few wearables that are solving a real consumer problem. ”
“Things are doing very well from the business side and there is a clear business potential especially in two areas: health and technology embedded in the body, although the latter and longer term. If we think long-term, the possibilities are endless. And precisely where the market for consumers or business is, how useful is when you connect it with intelligence software, artificial intelligence of truth. ”
“As the consumer market, much of the current market wearables lack explain what you know and what you can do with these devices. I think it’s a matter of time, to travel around the post by the industry and engage everyone with both the software and hardware part, especially with the hardware. ”
Anastasia_PistofidouAnastasia Pistofidou: Coordinator Manufacturing Laboratory (Fab Lab) in Barcelona, which gives a great knowledge and relationship with the maker movement. Anastasia also in charge of product development at First V1sion.
“In my opinion, the wearables are very important in the health sector. At the technological level, military and medicine are always the most advanced sectors. Then, those ideas and concepts and pass mass production. For example, 3D printers already existed in the 80s, but prohibitively expensive and only used in the field of health, whereas today anyone can be a printer of this type as they begin to have enough affordable prices ” .
“On the other hand, while we see how it has begun calling wearable all because it is the trend that exists. But since Barcelona Fabrication Laboratory we have shown a slightly different and affirm that the wearable has to be linked with the body. If you’re smart, you have to talk to your body; also it has to be adapted, designed and modeled close to the body materials. This is not a gadget. ”