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WYOD — Wear Your Own Devices — the wardrobe of the next generation

I’m a home office worker, using the efficiencies of virtual communication and collaboration technologies to maximize productivity. While work never stops, I am allowed certain degrees of freedom during the work day that an office environment doesn’t provide. For example, take my "attire" for the work day. I stay in casual attire that I am used to during off-hours. However, the emerging focus on wearables is painting a very different picture about my attire. It is a new world where the devices you wear are more likely to catch someone’s eye than your regular clothing. Wow! Look at that trend-setting dude wearing all those cool devices! Welcome to the world of Wear Your Own Devices (WYOD). Join me as I transform – head to toe – to supplement my usual attire with the wardrobe of the next generation.

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WYOD is fueling the BYOD paradigm; providing humans easier options to take their devices along. Voluntarily, or involuntarily, humans will be exchanging information with other devices that are part of the Internet of Things ecosystem where WYOD has a central role.

 

1. Headband. I’ll start with a brain-sensing headband that helps me do more with my mind by providing timely exercises.

 

2. Augmented Reality. I’ll wear glasses through which I can see an augmented vision of the world; providing control over various connected devices.

 

3. Ear mounted cameras. I’ll wear cameras on my ears, which provide live streaming with my compatible smartphone.

 

4. Smart Clothing. Whenever family members want to communicate with me, they check if I’m on a conference call. However, with a mood sweater, they will also get immediate insight into my mood based upon a large light up collar.

 

5. Smart Shoes. I’ll wear shoes that are really monitoring devices in their own right, using a combination of sensor technology, wireless communications and smartphone apps. These Smart Shoes will closely monitor how and where my foot hits the ground to identify potential problems with my gait.

 

These are but some of the examples of wearables that can adorn your daily attire. Newborns in onesies are no exception either.

 

Some wearables don’t even have to be worn. For example, the Diagnostic Skin, a sophisticated “electronic skin,” which adheres non-invasively to your skin to continuously monitor the body temperature.

 

In 2014 — the Year of Relevance — I look forward to many of these innovative wearables becoming a reality in a cost-effective manner, as projected by many analysts including Forrester Analyst Tim Sheedy.

 

Please let me know your thoughts on other devices that can change our attire.

 

Or maybe not.

 

When your sweater indicates that you are in the “right mood,” your headband can tell me what you’re thinking; your ear-mounted camera can show me your outside world; your glasses can show me what you’re watching; while your smart shoes convey if you’re at rest or in motion.

 

Meanwhile, I’m getting ready to dress for the occasion.

 

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Comments
Neels | ‎01-16-2014 10:14 PM

Nadhan, very interesting article, enjoyed it!

 

Every couple of years the devices seem to get closer, physically, to us than before. So I am wondering  what's the next alphabet letter we are going to prefix to this "YOD"- EYOD - Eat Your Own Devices !!

Nadhan | ‎01-16-2014 10:34 PM

Neels,

 

Thank you very much for your kind words.  Acronyms in this space are not new.  It is all about CYOE - Creating your own Ecosystem as discussed in this post that details a whole new set of related acronyms.  Please read at your leisure and share your thoughts.

 

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R S Sundar | ‎01-28-2014 08:04 PM

Hi Nadhan,

 

Thanks for sharing this interesting writeup. Iam sure in 2014 and 2015 these technologies will be uprising and soon be a reality in coming years.

 

Hope these innovations bring great value to humankind, and people with differently abled may use these to improve thier day to day life .Iam sure the individual productivity also goes up and more innovation evolves.

 

Best Regards,

R.S.Sundar

Nadhan | ‎01-28-2014 08:46 PM

Thank you for weighing in with your thoughts, Sundar. 

 

In 2014 - the Year of Relevance, fully agree that innovation is all about making it relevant for the next generation. 

 

New Style of IT calls for a New Style of Innovation.

 

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