19 Sep The Wearable Smartphone: The future of smartphones and wearable devices

If recent history is any indication for what the smartphone will look and be like in the near future, then we can expect radical changes and dramatically different ways that we will interface with this technology. Today wearables are mostly smartphone companion devices that connect with Bluetooth. That invisible cord will probably be cut soon. New products are constantly emerging that continue to revolutionize the smartwatch, smartphone, and wearable computing industry. In fact, in January 2016, Apple announced it is doing away with wired headphones jack altogether and going with Bluetooth earbuds. Soon enough you will have a smartphone on your wrist with independent cellular connectivity: the wearable smartphone. This will be your health and fitness monitor, media player, 3D mouse and controller, and biometric key and wallet. You will be able to make a call, effortlessly lock and unlock doors, avoid security lines and make payments instantly and securely all from your wrist. Wearable projection interfacing (mapping a display onto any surface) and heads-up displays (smartphone glasses that enable us to augment our reality and senses) allow your hands and fingers to be your touchscreen display eliminating the need to carry a pocket PC. Ben Arnold, Executive Director, Industry Analyst, Consumer Electronics, The NPD Group, said “Manufacturers continue to partner with designers to increase the appeal of the products, and there is a product for every type of consumer—from the most active athlete to the mom who just wants to remember when to pick up her kids from soccer practice—on the market.”[1] eyeCam is developing eyeHand a wearable smartphone with a projection interface that turns your hand and fingers into a touchscreen display, 3D mouse, and controller. If this is what the future looks like, what will it look like in 5 or 10 years? We can’t wait to see. [1]  ...

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05 Jul Why Wearables are Ideal for Enterprises and Mobile Workers

  Could it be that the enterprise might turn out to be one of the biggest market opportunities for standalone wearable smartphones? While there are skeptics who claim the enterprise will not embrace wearable technology and that wearables are ‘tricky’ for enterprises because the technology is new, there are others who see its strategic advantages. We believe wearable standalone smartphones will empower people and improve enterprise operations. In 2015, Robert Half Technology researched how CIOs felt about the use of wearables in the enterprise and discovered that 4 out of 5 CIOs think wearable technology will become standard in the workplace. Companies like ours are designing new wearable products and technologies that will replace handheld phones and Internet-connected devices. It is impractical to wear single- and dual-use devices and “smartwatches” that are dependent on a handheld smartphone for most functionality to even work. Smartwatch displays are also tiny, and a screen the size of a user’s thumb is not easy to share or manipulate. The future is a standalone wearable smartphone that frees users entirely from handheld phones, watches, and scores of wrist-based monitors.  This is the technology that will enable workers to be far more productive: Biometrics will enable companies to customize everything from file management and file access to document encryption as well as keyless entry customized and secure access to funds, payments and salaries for each employee/partner (without having to setup expensive security systems) Organizations can push strategic intelligence to employees making decisions in the field so they can deliver top-notch customer service Your hand and fingers are the ultimate natural interface. The technology enables multipoint control of virtual objects in any computing environment or heads-up display A 3D mapping and interfacing system that turns your hands and fingers into a 3D mouse and controller can entirely eliminate the conventional mouse A projection interface can be boundless, not limited to a square screen or flat surface and able to customize to each user’s hand and fingers, continuously adjusting to fit moving surfaces of all shapes and sizes The enterprise needs a completely new form factor for wearable smartphones if they are to deliver the functionality and ease of use that a business professional requires. By enabling multi-point control of any 2D or 3D interface, eyeHand wearable computing technology delivers the new mobile command center. When the user’s hand and fingers become the console and controller, a standalone wearable smartphone can become the key to an enterprise’s world....

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