Wearable technology in the enterprise – a different story for tethered and non-tethered workers

Are you a tethered or a non-tethered employee? Depending on your answer, your experience with #wearabletech in the workplace will be very different, as we discussed on a panel this morning at the Wearable Tech Expo (@wearabletechexpo) in Los Angeles.

Thanks to TMC, I was able to chair the discussion that took in views on wearable tech adoption and use in the enterprise from experts Ed English at APX Labs (in the wearable glasses camp), Chris Todd at start-up Theatro (belt or body-worn devices) and Cary Bran at Plantronics (representing the ear-wearable camp).

For non-tethered workers, those who work using their hands and are not sitting at a desk all day connected to email, the outlook on wearable technology is very different than for desk-jockeys. For them, wearables are augmenting reality and adding new capabilities in how they perform their job – whether it’s picking stock in a warehouse, performing delicate surgical operations or even ensuring that you make eye contact in a store with a customer.

On the other hand, enterprise employees working behind a desk are going to be much slower in adopting WT, and much more likely to be driven by Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).

Here’s a picture from the stage – if you’re going up on stage with a “live” mobile then capitalize on it … Ed in the foreground, Chris in the middle and Cary at the back.

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The session covered a lot of ground – we touched on the Internet of Things, employee data collection and privacy, and use cases. In the future, our panel agreed that individuals’ performance reviews might well take biometric data into account gathered by work-issued wearable devices.

I’ll be back on stage at the Wearable Tech Expo tomorrow, chairing the panel on Advanced Wearable Tech Hardware and Software, starting at 9.45am.

/WTW

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