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Wearable Solutions: Keeping Technology Close to Your Skin

Human evolution is all about people getting ever smarter and inventing technologies aimed at customizing the world around to suit their shifting purposes. Today, technological progress has entered a new phase, when not we but objects in our environment become smart. The powerhouse of this revolutionary drive is the Internet of Things (IoT), enabling artifacts to function to our benefit without human intervention.

The IoT technology creates a new intelligent reality around us, ranging from smart cities to smart homes. Zooming in on an individual, it has brought forth wearable solutions. This brainchild of wearable technology developers has a wearable gadget as its core. And it is not just a cutting edge mechanical contraption. Wearable technology development relies on software that leverages Internet access to make a wearable device instrumental in tracking biometric data very often related to our fitness and/or health.

Sometimes, wearable gadget design architecture enables direct Internet connection. Yet, typically, the operation of a wearable device is controlled via a smartphone where a specialized app is installed. Thus, wearable device and app development services go hand in hand and Sirin Software makes the latter its focus.

Wearable App Development: Fundamentals and Challenges

Having access to sensors, receivers, and other hardware of a wearable gadget, these apps collect data from them and using the Internet, process the information providing expected output. As a rule, wearable solutions design is developed with a view to displaying this output on it, but wearable technology developers often see to it that the information is delivered to the owner’s smartphone, tablet, or computer.

The difference in showing the results conditions wearable app development peculiarities.

  • If a wearable device is itself on the receiving end of data, the platform selected as the foundation for wearable technology development doesn’t matter greatly.
  • But if the app is going to be installed on a smartphone, wearable app development should be tailored to fit the operating system of your phone (Android or iOS) or move by way of cross-platform app development.

Since they are built to be run on smartphones, wearable apps may seem to be a little different from regular mobile app. For a layman.

Having been a seasoned player on the market of app development, the team of Sirin Software experts would like to highlight the key contrasts between standard mobile and wearable app development.

  • Gadget specificity
    While mobile apps can run on any model of the smartphone (given they comply with its operating system), wearable apps employ device-specific APIs. Consequently, their sphere of usage is a very narrow one – even similar devices of another manufacturer won’t be friendly to them.
  • The scope of functionalities
    Devices used in wearable solutions are small and relatively less powerful, so the functionalities of respective apps are rather limited in comparison to native apps you install on your smartphone.
  • Interaction with users
    UX for mobile apps is critical. Wearable gadget design presupposes close to zero interaction with users, so wearable apps go no further than just collecting information and showing output.

Our experience in app development (both mobile and wearable) let us also pinpoint the major challenges lying in wait for IT specialists involved in wearable device and app development services.

  • The Mission
    This is what wearable app development should start with. Or rather be preceded with. Before you embark on the development process, you should study the market and analyze your competitors’ products to understand how your software is going to beat rivals and pander to customers.
  • Cross-Platform Support
    To be able to reach out to a maximum number of users, your app should be compatible with multiple platforms (notably, iOS and Android), which spells custom-made product with a special focus on API and slews of protocols.
  • Chained Devices
    Since wearable solutions design involves a pair of virtually tethered gadgets, all issues the app might face must be multiplied by two. Developing an app that is device-unaffected is a tough row to hoe and if these devices are linked via Bluetooth, you must take care a decent range is empowered.
  • UI
    This challenge isn’t only about an attractive image on both the wearable gadget’s display and phone screen and satisfying UX, but also about making it fit a usually small screen of such articles.
  • Energy Consumption
    Comfortable UX encompasses device recharging that doesn’t happen way too often. If the app is energy-consuming, users won’t cherish charging the battery over and over again. But low energy means less functionality, so a proper balance in this respect should be sought after.
  • Security Issues
    Exchanging data between devices is related to a higher risk of it being tampered with. Wearable technology development should go all reasonable lengths to allay data breach apprehensions of potential customers.
  • Updating Opportunities
    Developers must envisage the necessity to update their product so that it kept abreast with all imperatives of the time and was bug-free.

Sirin Software can help you bypass these potential bottlenecks and come up with a viable product that can be employed in a whole gamut of potential applications.

Wearable Solutions Showcased

What are the most popular industries that benefit from wearable technologies?

  • Health and sports
    This is probably the major sphere where wearables are applied. Smartwatches, glasses, trackers, wristbands, and helmets monitor heart and pulse rate, burnt calories, hours of sleep, and other essential indices that determine how good we feel. State-of-the-art products of wearable technology development related to fitness also include smart clothes, gloves, and footwear.
  • Fashion
    Wearable jewelry (rings, necklaces, armbands) as well as trendy suits, pants, and dresses have stopped being stylish accessories, but are increasingly becoming a part of our digitalized reality.
  • Gaming
    Bluetooth gloves, smart helmets and glasses, gesture control wristbands, and other gimmicks that are a part of AR and VR games are popular with teenagers and even adults who indulge in gaming.
  • Entertainment and education
    Various hearables (gadgets that allow a person to listen to music), as well as devices for displaying videos and images, are among the best-sellers of the modern entertainment industry. Hearables can also be leveraged to listen to podcasts and audiobooks for learning purposes.
  • Lifestyle
    Recent achievements in the field of wearable gadget design brought into being friendship bracelets, pet trackers, light-up wristbands, USB cufflinks, secure wallets, and other smart trifles that usher high-tech swank into our mundane routine.
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Develop Your Wearable Solution Project

Whatever industry you envisage as a domain where your wearable technology project will carve its niche, the experts of Sirin Software can lend a helping hand.

Our expertise and dedication will greatly contribute to obtaining a first-rate wearable app that will impress your clients with exquisite design and excellent functionality.

Contact us to share in making your dream come true!

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