Wearable computing is looking like it will be the next big thing, with the hype around Google Glass and the rumoured Apple iWatch filling tech blogs and national papers alike, how these devices will be connected is vital to their success.
It is a prerequisite that such devices will need to be connected to the internet, with Google Now or Apple’s Siri likely playing a central function to these devices. This means that they will need some method of connecting to the internet and cloud services, either through an onboard 3G/4G receiver, or by pairing it to your smartphone/tablet/laptop.
However it works, connectivity will need to be virtually flawless, with cloud services being available on demand. With an increase in the amount of cloud-connected devices – and particularly for Google Glass, the sheer volume of both inbound and outbound data- means that there is a challenge for the best service level agreement (SLA) possible, as well as flawless syncing and all-around user experience.
With other large companies such as Microsoft and start-ups like Pebble looking at entering the wearable computing market, aside from the physical product itself, the competition will also depend on its support for cloud services.
Enabled by Cloud
Wearable computing has been enabled by the continued growth of cloud computing – as devices would be unfeasible if all the necessary programs and data storage were local, as opposed to being hosted online. Cloud platforms and applications, not to mention connectivity, means that these new devices can be physically wearable, as well as being sleek and attractive.
Thanks to cloud, the infrastructure is in place for wearable computing to exist, now the race is on for both large and small companies to enter this new market, and provide the best devices and experience for consumers possible.