Kevin Kitagawa, Imagination Technologies
The potential of wearable devices is extraordinary, but developers looking to design their own wearables should consider the following guidelines for making a successful wearable design.
The past year has certainly been an exciting time for the semiconductor industry. The shared enthusiasm among silicon companies has been on the rise based on the recent level of interest and demand for new products that complement the mobile experience typically based around smartphones and tablets. A main driver behind this phenomenon is wearable technology. Familiar items such as clothing, glasses, jewelry, and watches are being fitted with sensors, processors, and displays – technologies you wouldn’t have expected to find inside these everyday objects before. The potential for this market is quite impressive; ABI Research projects that 32 million sports and fitness wristbands will have shipped in the past twelve months alone. So if wearable devices are what everyone is raving about, why does it seem like so few companies actually know how to design them? This guide outlines how to address the current issues facing the wearables market for designing the next generation of wearable technology.