South African businesses, in general, have been conservative when it comes to adopting new technologies within the workplace. Tech trends like tablets, BYOD, cloud computing and mobile apps are only starting to build business following that have proved to be successful in the developed markets.
In recent years, wearable technology has taken the limelight of the international tech industry along with its relationship with the Internet of Things. Many tech market mavens have designated wearables to be the next big thing for businesses.
The most noted wearables like the Apple IWatch and Google Glass along with many other established wearables are starting to work their way into the hands of consumers. These devices are often considered as fun novelties, however, they are becoming a game changer in the modern business world.
Trends in wearables has evolved from becoming completely consumer centred to products built with business application in mind. This influx of wearable tech in the business world was fuelled by the promise of improving the overall workplace productivity and efficiency in businesses.
The impact of wearable technology can be seen in numerous markets and industries. Wearable smart glasses allow field companies to save millions as problems are solved at a much more rapid rate. For instance, popular wearable devices allow construction workers to see inside piping and walls.
Wearables are seeping into common practices of the workplace just like tablets, BYOD, cloud computing and mobile apps before it. Like any new technology, businesses have to start preparing for it – the benefits as well as the disadvantages.