The Future of Wearables: Who Controls Your Data?

Episode 17 — the final interview in The Future of Wearables series — features Eva Galperin, a global policy analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). She works on EFF’s international team and spends a lot of time thinking about how to protect users outside of the United States — frequently people in vulnerable populations such as journalists and dissidents. Listen to the interview to hear what Galperin thinks is changing with wearable technology today and what will impact the future. You’ll want to hear what she has to say about wearable users and what should be their reasonable expectation of privacy created by the “third-party doctrine.” Read on for a summary of the podcast series with three key themes the various thought leaders covered.

Listen to Episode 17

The Sourcebits Take

It’s been a pleasure sponsoring and promoting the Future of Wearables series. The entire collection of podcasts is available here. Catch up any time on episodes you missed. Looking back on the 17 weeks of interviews, the Sourcebits team has distilled three main takeaways.

  1. Data ownership and privacy are big concerns

    Throughout each of the Future of Wearables episodes, data and privacy were two very hot topics. Who owns your data? Who has access to it? These questions will not be going away anytime soon, and are critical considerations for developers exploring apps for smart watches, smart glasses and future devices.

  2. Wearables will evolve rapidly

    In the coming years, wearables will follow Moore’s Law and get cheaper, faster and smaller. They may get so small we’ll be ingesting and embedding wearables in our bodies soon – really. The Apple Watch a year or two from now could be a wildly different device – and it’s important to develop mobile applications that keep pace with the hardware technology.

  3. Usage will impact every aspect of our lives

    Obtrusive wearables that are already on the market, like smart glasses, are likely to develop new designs that will disguise their technological components completely. Gartner has interesting predictions about where wearables are headed. They project that biometric sensors will be included in 40% of smartphones shipped to end users by next year. There’s tremendous opportunities to innovate almost all aspects of people’s lives as wearables and mobile devices gain near-universal adoption.

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We love working with clients that seek our mobile design and app development services – and they’ve asked us to create awesome apps for the wearable tech market. A great example of a recent project: Vuzix and their enterprise smart glasses.

If you’re thinking about entering the wearable tech market or have an existing app that you’d like to reimagine for the Apple Watch, smart glasses or other devices – you’ve come to the right place.

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Sourcebits is sponsoring The Future of Wearables podcast – sign up to get a weekly email with the latest episode. Each week, host Heather Schlegel interviews mobile industry thought leaders and wearable makers.

Piotr Gajos, Chief Innovation Officer

Piotr is Sourcebits Chief Innovation Officer. A 2006 Apple Design Award winner, Piotr draws much of his inspiration from film and music, and focuses on leading our Innovation Strategy Workshops, generating new ideas for Sourcebits, and consulting on projects.