15 Features, Forms And Functions That May Soon Be Coming To Wearable Tech

January 9, 2023

Tech pundits have dubbed IBM’s Simon Personal Communicator the world’s first smartphone. Released in 1994, it didn’t gain much traction; it wasn’t until Apple’s first iPhone launched in 2007 that the smartphone started its journey toward becoming the indispensable piece of tech most of us never leave home without.

Wearable tech has seen steady growth in adoption in recent years, but when most people think of wearables, they think only of smartwatches and fitness trackers. However, with the ongoing addition of new capabilities and products—from glasses to headsets to clothing—wearable tech may soon take its place alongside—perhaps even surpass—the smartphone as must-have, everyday tech. Below, 15 members of Forbes Technology Council discuss some new features, forms and functions that may soon be coming to wearable tech that consumers should know about.

Location-Based, Personalized Recommendations

Smarter, more efficient use of location intelligence will soon come to wearable tech. Wearable tech will take location data beyond route mapping and distance tracking to create proactive, personalized recommendations, from a can’t-miss event or attraction to the best place to stop for a snack or refuel. This will make wearable tech indispensable and, potentially, change the way we move about the world.

Jeff White, CEO of Gravy Analytics

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