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How IoT wearables is trending in fashion with ‘smart shirt’

23 Dec. 16
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IoT is a vast technology to talk or write about. Internet of things as is self-explanatory term defines the technology where the daily objects are connected to internet. From connected home appliances for home automation to connected vehicles, the things from our routine are just becoming smart. And not to mention the IoT wearables that measures the heart rate to sugar levels to maintain a healthy regime of the person. This IoT development is creating an era of smart living. Gartner estimates that more than 20 billion objects would be connected by 2020.

To make the living smarter, Google acquired a company called Nest which is a smart thermostat maker for $3.2 Billion. Also, Samsung purchased connected home company SmartThings for $200 million. Industry giants are investing huge to push IoT development further. Internet of things has become a household name now and it will soon become a daily wear as well.

IoT development and wearables

Earlier, it was a difficult task to manually manage the health stats of the patients. This often created disarray in the healthcare industry. It wasn’t an impossible task but for sure it was a chagrin to man-handle the records. Fitness trackers, however now are the preeminent consumer case for wearables as most users opt for wearable devices to record their exercise and health statistics and progress. Also, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies have started to deploy these devices along with the wearable app development.

Furthermore, smart watches are dominating the IoT wearables world now. Over 23.90 Million of smart watches worldwide for the year 2016 were estimated for the shipment, according to Statista . It also estimates the global wearables market to reach a value of 19 billion U.S. dollars in 2018. Even the wearable app development market is skyrocketing with the deployment of smart apps.

IoT wearables and fashion

The fashion industry giant, Ralph Lauren, announced a trial for a smart shirt at the US Open in 2014. This new concept of connected clothing did not only make it big in the news but also created a curiosity in the wearable app development industry. The smart t-shirt designed by Ralph Lauren is infused with conductive silver-coated fibers woven into the material, which can pick up details about the person’s heart rate and breathing. This revolutionizing technology combined with smart apps gives the generation a smart clothing to wear.

Estimates predict that 10.2 million units of smart clothing will ship by 2020. With technological advancements in mobile app development, it is easy to sync with the wearables. The smartphone apps are no longer just for sending messages or sharing pictures and videos. These smart apps are the next revolution to enhance the IoT development.

Smart shirt with NFC

NFC enables two portable electronic devices such as a smartphone, to establish communication by bringing them within 4 cms of each other. NFC is used for payments using credit/debit cards and social sharing such as contacts, pictures, videos and more through smartphone apps. As for the smart clothing, the shirt would be embedded with NFC chip and with mobile app development, actions for social sharing can be performed.

Arrow recently launched its smart shirt with NFC chip in the market. It is the next big talk in the fashion and wearable industry. With this smart shirt, you are just a tap away from your favorite song or sharing your contact details. Your visiting card is now into your mobile app.

This arrow smartphone app allows the user to play the favorite song, access the favorite app, exchange the contact details, share social media account details and turn the smartphone’s mode to meeting or work. The action needs to be set on the mobile app and later, just a tap on the sleeve is required to command the action.

Currently, the app is only available on android but Arrow is in talks to soon come up with iOS app as well. This new generation IoT wearables will influence the technological era to promote connected and smart living.

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