Imagine waving goodbye to washing machines because clothes will be able to clean themselves, or wearing football boots that are capable of measuring every step and angle the ball is hit. This is not a world created by Hollywood, but a reality in the not too distant future, thanks to the work by RS Components.
Gartner predicts the global wearables market is set to grow 17% by the end of this year, with wrist-based devices such as smartwatches and fitness trackers dominating the market. So we all already know that the wearable tech space is already making revolutionary steps, but what does the future hold? Well, RS Components has come up with an interactive graphic that will tell you what to expect from wearable technology in your lifetime.
“The next decade we should expect to see innovations that will revolutionise the way we live.”
Their interactive graphic predicts that in the next decade we should expect to see innovations that will revolutionise the way we live. It is a future where the fashion industry will face a new competitor as pharmaceutical companies come up with smart clothes with built-in monitors that will be able to help protect us from disease and increase fitness. They also predict that clothes ‘grown’ from bacterial cellulose and self-cleaning coatings will remove the need to wash them.
When Wearable Tech Powers Up The Future
No longer considered a buzz word, wearable technology is not being left behind when it comes to the advancement of technology across the automotive, healthcare and engineering industries. Showcasing its growth, RS Components interactive graphic works by revealing how old you’ll be when innovative technologies are available and are a part of your everyday life. For example, someone who is 35 right now, can expect to see significant changes from as soon as 2022 – when they’re 40 years old. Glasses will no longer be seen as an annoyance or hindrance and people with no prescription will soon want to be wearing a pair; by 2022, more than 10 percent of glasses and headsets will be ‘intelligent’ and able to connect to the internet. Want to look something up? Simply use your eyes!
Moving forward to 2025, when someone who is currently 35 years old is 43, energy powered by solar panels will be taking one step forward; clothes that create and harvest their own energy will be on the market. Yep, solar cells will feature on clothes to power our connected devices such as mobile phones. Say goodbye to the difficulties that come with forgetting to pack a charger for a long day! By 2030, drones will be protecting us from the seasons; adverse effects from solar rays, rain and air pollution will all be prevented against by drones that hover in front and around us as we go about our days.
Fast forward to 2050, to someone who is 30 is 68. According to the interactive graphic, they’ll be boasting shoes that harvest kinetic energy. Our shoes will be powering the wearable technology we wear. This tech will also mean that our 68-year-old will be able to have extra support with lacing up shoes as the shoe will detect when it’s being placed on a foot and tie up its laces on its own. So, are you now wondering how old you will be when you’re able to charge your phone with your jacket? Then plug your age into their RS Components interactive graphic and find out.