Creating guidelines for wearable devices

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Wearables is one of the hottest tech topics, and there are guidelines companies need to consider for workplace use of these devices.

Google Glass is still a hot topic, but the broader scope of wearables is becoming one of the most popular tech categories.

TechRepublic’s Jason Hiner recently wrote about Google Glass and predictions about its fate. And since wearables as a whole is such a popular subject, as the product becomes more mainstream, Tech Pro Research has created a Wearable Device Policy to help companies develop guidelines to monitor the use of these devices in the workplace. This policy serves as a companion to the earlier Google Glass Policy.

Wearable devices, such as Google Glass, the Samsung Galaxy Gear watch, Heapsylon smart socks, Sony Smartwig and Memoto’s Lifelogging Camera, are becoming more common as the result of technical advancements and new capabilities. These devices can serve as standalone gadgets or may link to another device such as a smartphone, tablet or laptop.

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There are a number of consumer and business functions offered by wearables, such as providing email/text/phone notifications, giving heart rate feedback, recording audio and video, serving as vibrating alarm clocks, executing voice activated commands and linking the wearer to the internet. Some wearable devices also offer traditional smartphone capabilities such as sending and receiving messages, interacting with others on social media sites, and obtaining driving directions via global positioning system (GPS).

Possible business uses for which companies might use wearables include the following:  

·  Cataloging inventory in a warehouse

·  Reviewing anatomical charts while performing surgical work

·  Monitoring sites or locations for security purposes

·  Recording a university lecture to share with online students

·  Using a mobile phone via hands-free commands while driving or guiding customers

The Tech Pro Research Wearable Device Policy is available for download to subscribers, and it serves as a template for companies seeking guidelines for wearable technology.

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