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Posted by JP Gownder on January 6, 2014
Las Vegas – Hello from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014, an industry gathering point for technology vendors, retailers, partners, media, and industry analysts. Like many, I’m here to meet with the innovators, witness demonstrations, and assess the state of the technology industry in 2014 (and beyond).
As they were at last year’s conference, wearables will be a very hot topic at CES 2014. But in the fast-moving world of technology, a year is a long time. In 2014, wearables will graduate to their 2.0 state. To understand this 2.0 iteration, Forrester released two new reports that clients can read and download. The first is an overarching view of the enterprise aspect of wearable technology, The Enterprise Wearables Journey. The second focuses on wearable health, Building A Fitter Business With Wearable Technology. Let me offer a sneak peak into why Wearables 2.0 is a critical topic.
If we’re being honest, the wearables market is, in fact, suffering from a bit of a hype bubble. The ratio of devices released to those purchased represents a large number. But consider that the Internet itself suffered from a hype bubble circa 1999, and yet the Internet turned out to be just as important as people had imagined — after a decade of growth, at least. Similarly, wearable devices — and the apps, software, and services that make those wearables truly valuable — will change the way workers do their jobs and how consumers manage their lives. Every day (and surely this week), I talk to inventors, entrepreneurs, and established vendors entering the wearables space. The dynamism I encounter in this space reminds me of the early days of the Web in the late 90s.
Of course many wearable computing concepts and executions will fail, as is true with any new technology movement. Wearables will see their own Pets.com-style flameouts. Wearables 2.0 will weed out some of these false starts and focus on three success factors:
There’s so much more to say on this exciting topic. I invite you to read the two new reports here and here. In them, I also explain how wearables offer infrastructure & operations professionals an opportunity to gain influence and relevance by becoming point people at their companies on Wearables 2.0. And please follow me on Twitter @jgownder for CES 2014 updates!
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