Digitimes and the Taipei Computer Association recently co-organized the "Wearable Technology Summit" to help Taiwan better understand this trend and to help its IT and textile firms seize the opportunities of a new market where they can demonstrate their creativity
The wearable devices currently in the market seem to fall into two categories: they either come with long battery life but simple features, or short battery life with comprehensive features. Is there a solution to make wearable devices that have both long battery life and comprehensive features? Imagination has the answer.
Wearable technology can not only be applied to sensory and gesture control, voice recognition, augmented reality, health monitoring, biometrics, and infotainment, but vendors today have also developed brainwave sensing wearable devices that give users the ability to use "thoughts" to "control" different equipment.
Should wearable devices adopt an integration-based design or module-based design? Take smart glass for example, where increased functions increase the mass and weight of the product, which decreases the comfort level for users. However, although products with simple functions are light, the lack of functionality means users need to supplement it with other products, which is not practical. This article addresses how to adopt module-based designs for wearable devices and maintain the possibility of extending functionality, while keeping the product visually attractive.
Wearable devices are a kind of natural extension of mobile devices in a world where we are connected to one another through smartphones and clouds, forming a futuristic lifestyle in which all things are connected and capable of communicating with each other. In order to meet the diverse needs of the market, wearable devices need to be custom designed, using the most suitable "recipes" to cook the most delicious "cuisine" that cater to the market's "tastes." Therefore, when searching for the right "ingredients," we must adhere to the principles of being "small yet complete" as well as "small and cost-effective" Now, the master chef of this field will unveil the recipe for successful wearable devices.
Popular social networking sites enable friends to maintain closer communication. Live feeds of an event can be sent to friends through video sharing so that the receivers can feel that they are there themselves. However, sharing only visual and audio content is no longer enough. If you can send tactile sensations to your friends as well, it can enhance the personal connections and experience. How do you transmit live feeds to others and allow them to have a sense of real presence through the tactile sensation? Let us ask the haptic technology experts to share their research results with us.
Ever since tech firms started introducing wearable devices - such as the Google Glass, Samsung's and Sony's smart bands and smart watches, and Intel's smart clothing - wearable devices and applications have been identified as an important next-generation technological trend. The tech giants' strategies for the wearables market are also becoming clear.