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ABI Research finds that wearables are moving off of the wrist: smart glasses and smart clothing are expected to be the next big things in wearables. These devices show a variety of consumer and enterprise applications, from entertainment to productivity and health applications. Beyond wearables, there are a variety of ‘usables’ emerging, such as Bluetooth-connected devices in the home. These devices solve pain points and can be more portable or personal than typical smart home devices. ‘Expendables’ promise to solve high-value problems where measurement or monitoring can provide value, as cost points and battery life achieve economic needs.

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Wearables in Enterprise - Transforming Mobile Workers with IoT Technologies

Wearable devices are transforming the way in which mobile workers, such as field workers, transportation workers, and military personnel, do their jobs. Devices such as wearable cameras, smart glasses, wearable scanners, and smartwatches provide workers with hands-free access to information and communication, allowing them to concentrate on the task at hand and remain fully aware of their environment. This report provides an overview of the different types of wearable technology that are and will be used to transform the mobile workers. Included in the report are numerous forecasts, an overview of the different mobile worker industries, an overview of the main wearables used by mobile workers and what they do, case studies, a list of advantages and challenges, an overview of the supporting software, and some major vendors.


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Smart Ring for the Government and Military to Detect Explosives and Chemical Weapons

4Q 2017

Scientists at the University of California, San Diego are developing a smart ring that will be able to detect explosive and chemical threats, alerting the wearer to their presence. The aim of the device is to aid workers in law enforcement, defense, and security with the detection of these threats, without requiring the standard large, heavy equipment or a trained dog, both of which have their disadvantages. With a wearable device, the aim is that the user can automatically detect if there is an issue without going through the time and expense of either of the other solutions.

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The Emerging Role of Wearables in Corporate Wellness Programs

Global healthcare spending is at record levels, driven by the cost of an aging population and the associated long-term care for chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Employers are facing these healthcare burdens, as well. Unwell employees cost companies more through increased health insurance plan costs. On average, they also experience more absenteeism than their peers and are generally less productive. This challenge is pushing employers, and the healthcare industry as a whole, to develop new products and solutions that can improve the health of individuals worldwide.

Over the past several years, employers have begun integrating wearable wireless devices into their wellness programs. These devices brought a new level of activity management and analysis to corporate wellness programs. They also increased employee participation rates and drove preventative programs for those covered by these programs.

This webinar will include an examination of the key drivers pushing wearable devices into corporate wellness programs, as well as what will drive success and competition in this market over the next five years. It will also include an overview of the major market players, including device manufacturers, insurance companies, and wellness providers, as well as how their efforts will converge to drive employee adoption and engagement into these programs. Additionally, the webinar will include a discussion on what these trends reveal about the evolution of the wearable device market.