Companies have been trying to convince users that wearable technology is as essential to your life as your smartphone but few people actually see them as anything but consumer fitness devices. However, Intel thinks that wearables will have a much larger role to play in the enterprise in the near future. The company also highlighted how much potential the devices have in the world of health care.
Wearables have until now been mainly thought of as consumer health and fitness devices, but Intel believes that they will increasingly find useful roles in the enterprise. “I think our imagination has been captured by consumer wearables, but there are huge opportunities for wearables in the enterprise,” said Steve Holmes, vice president of Intel’s new devices group, at VentureBeat’s Mobile Summit today. One of the wearable products that’s finding its way into the enterprise space is the Pro Glove, which got attention after its performance in Intel’s Make It Wearable contest. (A company called Mixie, which makes a wrist-based selfie drone, ended up winning the contest.) Intel has also seen its wearables chips power devices in the health care world, such as in artificial limbs created by a company called Open Bionics.