If you think smartwatches are the latest or most advanced wearable technology, you don’t have any idea about the most recent developments, such as Hearable technology. While the smartwatches need us to take a look at the wrist, a small device tucked in the ear can instantly capture a lot of information and represent them usefully for a variety of everyday purposes. This is the principal value proposition of hearable technology.
According to the latest prediction, within a few years, hearable technology is likely to make a dominating market presence leaving behind the common wearables like smartwatches and health trackers. The technology brands and companies working on Hearable tech products and gadgets focus on integrating the technology in everyday life to provide a synced lifestyle.
While Hearable is going to be the most era-defining technology for everyday uses that wearable app developers can think of, it is the right time to evaluate the trends, pros, and cons of the technology and the key technology brands that are going to make this big.
Wearable vs Hearable: Measuring the Value Propositions
The developers and minds behind wearable technology insisted on the integration of the technology with daily life, primarily showcasing the benefits of a synced lifestyle with the ease of grabbing important information at a glance. Well, the ease of looking at important notifications and doing essential things without picking the phone out of pocket was a fundamental value proposition of wearable. Apart from that, wearable devices like smartwatches were also designed for making specific fashion statements. The rolling out of Apple Watches with different strap and dial options is a testimony of this.
Hearable technology is more pragmatic in this respect. As human beings feel it more comfortable to grab information by listening instead of seeing, hearable can be more user-friendly. It is already well known that sound perception actually dominates the vast majority of our everyday use of technology, and as of now, earbuds remained to be the most popular and commonly used wearable. Moreover, earbuds being smaller in size can help users grab information more precisely and accurately.
Listening is More Straightforward
Most of our physical interactions with the computers are getting banished these days simply because wearables and IOT gadgets allow us to grab information just with a glance. An earpiece can further take this ease of use and flexibility to the next level. While we no longer need to use the keyboard for most day to day digital interactions, the Hearables are fast going to replace viewing information with information that can be heard.
Just the way Google helped us with seamless and secure voice control that allows us to complete any action faster than with typing letters, the Hearable devices will slowly replace the screens for the purpose of being informed. Seamless and smooth voice control coupled up with Hearable devices will transform the future digital interactions.
Hearable is A Constantly Progressing Technology
The development and innovation around Hearable devices is not just a one-time affair but represents a constantly upward-moving technology landscape with a multitude of possibilities, scopes of value additions and innovations. The Moto X phone of Google can be directed with voice commands all the time, whether it remains awake or asleep. So, voice interaction with smartphones already reached a certain level upon which the next range of innovations concerning Hearable can be expected.
But the principal limitation of voice assistants is that most of them need Internet connectivity. So, a question asked to the Apple Siri, and it first goes to the cloud to interpret the query before coming with the answer or the solution. With Hearable, the processing can be more instantaneous with no need for interpreting through the cloud.
Already Intel is in the process of delivering an offline alternative to ensure faster responses through voice assistants. The wearable head of the company, Mike Bell, recently told that the company is soon coming with a processor that can deliver voice commands without requiring to consult remote servers. Most importantly, the processor will fit perfectly in the small wearable device without difficulty.
The Ear is Always A Good Fit for Fitness Trackers
Many experts are of the opinion that fitness trackers can really be transformed thanks to the Hearable technology simply because ears are better for evaluating vital signs of the body than the wrist or other organs. Just because of the closeness to the head and immovability of the ears compared to the wrists, earbuds can capture vital physical signs like blood pressure, pulse rate, temperature, etc. more accurately.
In this regard, some companies have already made significant progress. Apple recently applied for a parent for earbuds capable of capturing biometric data. The iRiver headphones already came with earbuds that can grab vital signs like heart rate. All these advancements clearly show the era-defining potential of the hearables and how they are increasingly replacing wearable health-tracking devices and bands.
Which Brands are Going to Make Hearables Trendy?
As the market trends and rounds of innovation with earbuds and hearable technology are taking place, it seems Hearable devices are going to set trends for the wearable industry. German brand Bragi already came with the most advanced smart in-ear headphones capable of informing about physical signs besides playing music.
According to many experts, Apple can actually emerge as the leading brand in the Hearable sector. Intel is already in the process of building first comprehensive earbuds capable of capturing a variety of health metrics. Interestingly, instead of remaining limited to earphones, Hearable technology can extend to ear-rings and similar wearables as well.
Hearable has emerged as the next trending technology after wearable, and with the superior capability of capturing multiple facets of data including health metrics, they are going to be the most commonly referred wearable devices in the years to come.
About the Author:
Juned Ghanchi is co-founder and CMO at IndianAppDevelopers, a leading mobile app development company in India offering iOS and Android application solutions. For 8+ years, Juned worked with companies ranging from up-and-coming startups and leading brands from any industry you can name.