In the last ten years, the demand for wearable technology – from the early days of Google’s innovative glasses through to the modern fitness tracker – has only increased and evolved. The majority of households now have at least one piece of battery-powered, wearable tech on their body at all times – not to mention everything else that currently relies on ever more powerful batteries to function wirelessly, from smartphones to handheld hoovers.
With wearables only getting more advanced, functional and affordable, it seems inevitable that, where the previous generation of tech fell short, these next few years will be pivotal for battery power technology. After all, as the size of the technology required and the complexity of wearable functionality increases, these small everyday trackers, tools and devices will only become more accessible. So what’s the future for wearable technology? Here are some of the things we can expect:
Reduced size, greater power
While smartphones are slowly expanding in size, the opposite could be said for wearable technology, with the surface area and depth of many smartwatches, trackers and biometric tools taking up less room than ever before. Whereas past generations of technology were clunky and generally a hindrance to have on your body every hour of the day, smaller batteries and more compact processors are allowing for the creation of more powerful, yet far smaller, devices. That does far more than their predecessors while still looking attractive, delicate and generally aesthetically pleasing. For anyone that wears a watch, wearing a smart device is now practically indistinguishable, and these unique technologies will only become smaller, less obtrusive and more potent over time.
Personalisation taken to the next level
Personalisation is already a growing trend in wearable tech, from the in-fashion limited edition designs produced for fitness tracker giants like FitBit through to the option to change watch faces and a range of different features on many smartwatches. Over time, it’s likely that personalisation will go even further to meet the needs of wearers, whether it’s the ability to have technology that looks like jewellery or the option to choose a battery life for your device, matching your typical routine and daily requirements. Currently, a great deal of wearable technology is one-size-fits-all – but it wouldn’t be a surprise if, further down the line, the options available to consumers become far broader and more diverse.
Great accuracy and better efficiency
As wearable technology has evolved, it’s only become more precise about a range of essential details, from the number of stairs climbed to the amount of time spent sitting at a desk. With the development of better and more effective ways to tell a range of different measurements as an affordable price, it’s no surprise that today’s trackers and medical technology are much more on-point than they once were. Part of this ability is thanks to the higher calibre of technology used in today’s wearables, which requires a better power source. Smaller, robust and longer-lasting battery cells help to contribute to this efficiency, allowing the accurate recording of results for far longer.
While we don’t yet know precisely what the future of wearable technology holds, there’s no doubt that battery-powered devices are leading the way to exciting, innovative and evolved forms of technology we haven’t yet seen on the market – at least, not quite yet. The battery-powered future is within our reach.