When wearable smart devices first appeared, they had one purpose: to be an extra screen for a smartphone. Smartwatches are supposed to show notifications and, of course, time, and give users another way to keep up with information and social updates — as if we didn’t already have enough!
Enhancing workplace efficiency and safety
One clear example of wearable devices benefiting the workplace is in movie. For one, real time display, has been using on movie filming scene, making it easy to keep monitoring across hundreds of sites on the move. With these wearables in place, employees don’t have to take notes on clipboards anymore, significantly improving efficiency.
Going beyond productivity, wearables can also help improve safety in the workplace. For instance, wearables can monitor fatigue levels and other potential hazards people in fieldwork encounter every day and can help prevent workplace accidents. A smart cap, for instance, monitors brain activity and tells managers if a truck driver is too tired to concentrate, which could reduce the likelihood of an accident.
For example, using fitness trackers can help organizations negotiate for better health care insurance programs or coverage. Such use of big data is already considered an essential part of the business for many HR departments and insurance providers.
With smart wearables also keeping tabs on vitals like heart rates, steps, and other health-related data, the privacy concern might even be greater.
Your exercise data is, of course, your personal privacy. According The Human Cloud at Work, a study commissioned by Rackspace, employees using wearable smart devices at work can become 8.5 percent more productive and 3.5 percent more satisfied with their jobs. These devices make workplace efficiency studies much more measurable and thus effective.