If our lives weren’t already saturated with technology, wearable tech is predicted to be the next big thing. This innovative emerging market is still in its early stages but has endless possibilities.
“By 2015, 485 million wearable computing devices will be shipped per year. Right now nearly 61% of the current wearable tech market is sports and activity trackers.”
Google’s latest project is perfecting Google Glass, sleek glasses that allow you to send messages, take videos, get directions and pretty much anything else imaginable all hands-free.
Click here to see how it feels to wear Google Glass.
Data security and privacy are the main issues that have been raised with Google’s new toy. While tech enthusiasts find it alluring to have all the information they desire right in front of their eyes, Google will know more than ever about our daily lives.
A “big brother is always watching” feeling takes affect when the privacy of everyone we see is exposed. A recent application allows users to create a “fashion fingerprint,” which identifies a person simply by what they are wearing.
The fear of data security comes from the constant updating and transferring of information of not only the wearer’s moves but the moves and actions of everyone and everything around them.
Along with Google Glass emerges the e-wallet, a mobile app that works as an electronic wallet to store all bank and credit information. The idea of the electronic wallet is still slow in the U.S. but companies are working on partnerships.
Electronics recyclers must tread lightly around these devices with the digital bank applications in order to ensure complete data erasure.
Not only will electronics recyclers have to adapt the way they perform complete data erasure of the gear, but also the disassembly and responsible recycling of the new technology.
If Google Glass and the e-Wallet weren’t enough devices for data storage, Apple is making its mark in wearable tech with the iWatch. This device ultimately syncs with your iPhone (ideally) for a more convenient way of checking messages, weather and other information.
However, the iWatch is said to improve data security. Because it is synced with a mobile device, Apple can require the iWatch and mobile phone to be near each other to unlock the phone. Otherwise, even the user will be locked from their phone until the iWatch is detected.
“More importantly, an iOS device could be configured not just to lock itself and prevent unlock attempts when it no longer detects an iWatch, but also to wipe all data (or all corporate data).”
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Especially for companies new to the tech game, design for disassembly becomes an issue. When an electronics product is designed for disassembly, the manufacture considers the environmental impact in the early stages and designs according to proper recycling regulations.
Wearable technology is a huge up-and-coming market! Both manufactures and electronics recyclers play a significant role in data security and proper recycling of the new products.