The development of wearable devices is being driven largely by new innovations in wireless technologies. “Wearables” started as wrist-worn devices for active people interested in tracking their athletic achievements or daily physical activity. Today, wearable technologies have expanded into wirelessly-enabled athletic shoes, Internet-enabled augmented-reality glasses, smart watches and even contact lenses that monitor blood sugar levels to alert diabetics when they require a snack, an insulin shot or serious medical attention. The wearable devices market is poised for exploding growth in the upcoming years.
Who, What & Wearable Technology
Recent advancements in wireless technologies are making wearable devices widespread and affordable. Wearable technology that most people won’t even notice offers us convenience, efficiency and life-saving benefits. LitePoint® technology verifies and calibrates the most commonly used technologies in wearable devices and continues to develop test solutions for new wireless technologies.
Wireless technologies in wearables today:
- 2G/3G/4G/LTE – Cellular technologies that enable always-connected experience in the next generation of wearable devices
- Bluetooth Smart (also known as Bluetooth low energy) – Enables small coin-cell batteries that consume power at such low levels to last for months or years, making wearable devices hassle-free in daily life. It also facilitates short-range downloads of data from a wearable device to Internet-based applications.
- Wi-Fi – Lightning fast data networks make it possible to surf the Internet on your wristwatch powered by small but powerful processors
- GPS – Tracks your activities from anywhere on Earth through a global satellite network to measure how far you swim, bike or run