The Internet of Things is expanding, due in no small part to the wearable gadgets that have been joining the party. The number of portable devices connecting to the internet is expected to increase from 10 billion to 30 billion by the year 2020. The growth will not be driven by personal computers, but by machine-to-machine (M2M) devices, i.e., home electronics and wearables. 2014 is already shaping up to be the Year of the Wearable. Hundreds were presented at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this January, including next generation smart glasses, watches, bijous, fitness trackers, and even prototypes of smart lingerie with internet access.
The IoT and cloud technologies have enabled this growth by providing the framework on which wearable gadgets connect to the internet. The modern high-tech industry has played its part as well by allowing developers to concentrate more power in portable gadgets. Because they are light-weight, low-power, and they bring autonomy to users, wearables are practical for day-to-day activities. And as their capabilities continue to expand, practical will turn into essential.
The technology is available and the market demand is strong. So what are the remaining obstacles facing developers in the M2M space? DataArt believes it is the lack of a consistent and customizable framework for connecting gadgets, meaning developers have had to focus on how they will communicate, instead of the type of data they transmit and what the overall end-user experience could be.
We designed DeviceHive to be the all-purpose tool M2M developers have been looking for. It is an open source platform that pulls together the essential elements they need for their networks to function: the communication layer, the control software and the multi-platform libraries. Now the DeviceHive team is rolling out an updated configuration for wearables and IoT collaborative work. The platform is device agnostic, and could be called an out-of-the-box wearable devices development kit. Developers with a groundbreaking wearables idea that they want to unleash on the market now have DeviceHive at their disposal to make it a reality sooner.
We decided to dedicate several blog posts to the topic of wearables and DeviceHive, as a ready IoT solution for portable devices communication. Share your wearables experiences and stay up-to-date with IoT news and innovations on our blog.