Mobile and wearable computing

The wearable technology is getting attention all around the world and claim will be the next big thing. Google’s Glass, Samsung Galaxy Gear Smart Watch and iWatch from Apple – to name a few products from leading technology companies.  The market is so huge that it is expected to grow about USD 1.5 billion in 2014.

With the invention of wearable computing technology, it is not only provide greater options for smartphones, for example concerning health and coping with some form of disabilities. There are products available in the market such Argus that enables persons with visually impairments to navigate boarders that allow them to cross the street safely[1]. This also helps to increase their independence and their full participation in society.  Google’s Glass Headset that displays information on a screen that hovers above one eye give greater ability to a persons with motor disabilities (i.e.: spinal cord injuries) to answer calls, access to email and navigate maps at the same time[2].

Another interesting issue is concerning the same technology and developing countries. It is fair to say that developed nations have better access to wearable computing technology and devices. Wearable computing technology open tremendous amount of opportunity in making communication lots easier and more services accessible. This is where the developing nations catching up. No doubt that the cost, patent and access to having the devices are among others issues that need to considered. Wearable computing technology is seen as economic potential to the developing world and fostering initiatives in transforming society into knowledge-based society.

Nevertheless, ICT infrastructures available at developing countries also need to take into consideration, so that it is compatible to support the dynamic development of wearable computing technology market. To reach out the emerging markets for their wearable computing products, companies need to re-invent workable business model that suit with local condition i.e.: affordable. While, governments among developing nations are encourage to work on policy framework that encourage not just business side of wearable computing technology but also, human resources that relates to it. Developing countries cannot forever remains as user of those technologies. Policies that nurture invitation among locals that accelerate new sources of country growth in the long-term that creates high-value jobs for its own people.


[1] Hernandez, Daniela. (8 June 2013). New wearable device helps blind patients see shapes and colors. Retrieved 16 November 2013 from http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/08/argus-bionic-retina/.

[2] Wearable tech liberates disabled. Retrieved 16 November 2013 from http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/08/18/world/wearable-tech-liberates-disabled/#.UoY593DrySp.

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