I wear a Fitbit every day. Before that, I had a Pebble Smart Watch … before that I used my iPhone to track my steps. Honestly, I use these devices for one reason only — to help me reach my daily goal of 10,000 steps. I am, however, looking forward to when these devices move from dumb to smart and allow me greater functionality — it is inevitable. I wonder what it will mean to us in education? Will we try to take advantage of these devices as we have with each of the other disruptive technologies to hit the street? I would assume and would love to spend some time talking about that with some people.
The wearables device market is still in its infancy but it’s growing fast — with more than 17 million wearable bands forecast to ship this year, according to a new forecast by Canalys.It reckons 2014 will be the year that wearables become a “key consumer technology”, and is predicting the smart band segment alone will reach 8 million annual shipments, growing to more than 23 million units by 2015, and over 45 million by 2017.