3 Ways Wearable Technology can Boost Businesses


Wearable technology, wearable devices or wearable such as smart watches and Google glass has been steadily gaining a lot of attention. This wearable tech has interesting features and functionality that makes it useful not only on the personal level but also on a business level.

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Here are 3 ways wearable technology can boost business if leveraged correctly in the near future:

Portability and productivity

Wearable devices such as smart watches are handy devices in our personal lives. You can use them to track your fitness levels or monitor your heart rate as you exercise. These wearable devices also have a lot of potential in the business environment. For example, they can increase productivity of employees.


Wearable devices are as useful as any other communication device such as a mobile or laptop, but are much more discrete and portable. They can provide valuable insights discretely in situations where pulling out your phone or laptop is difficult, for example, when you need to access confidential information while traveling on a busy train. So, employees can access apps like Intelligent Forecasting discretely while traveling without worrying about giving noisy travelers access to important data.

Wearable devices such as Google glass can increase performance efficiency during maintenance tasks. Employees can perform maintenance or upgrades without constantly stopping to read instructions from paper or online manuals.

Real time convenience

Wearable devices take real time access to data or social media websites to the next level. Smart watches are simple and easy to use. They are small, stylish and voice operated. Businessmen can use these smart watches as both style statements as well as a calendar and assistant. They can read texts and reminders discretely. They can also be used to access social media networks, check emails, read news articles and keep them updated with notifications. Basically, wearable devices provide many of the features and functionality of a smart phone or tablet in a much more discrete fashion.

Doctors and other healthcare employees can use these devices to gain real time access to patient information as they treat them, thus, providing better and more accurate care.

Monitor and train employees

Wearable devices can help businessmen to monitor and train employees. Wearable devices automatically tracks and transmits data to a cloud. This data can be used to generate detailed reports on production levels on a day-to-day basis. The information can also be analyzed to develop streamlined processes and improve the overall efficiency.

Wearable devices can also be used as training devices for employees. Employers can use these devices to observe employees and use the information gathered to review performances, discuss strengths and weaknesses.

As you can see, wearable devices have the communication capabilities to perform a variety of tasks that can boost business processes. Moreover, this information is available to entrepreneurs and their employees in real time. These devices can be extremely useful in many industries especially in health care, engineering and aeronautics.

In the near future, you can expect a variety of wearable devices to expand from watches and glasses, to other portable devices such as headbands, caps, jewelry, rings, bracelets, fabrics among others.