Devices which were once only seen in science fiction movies in now a reality, thanks to the advancement of technology; now wearable technology like Apple watches, Google Glass, and Fitbit are available in the market. But manufacturers of wearable technology are often hampered by communication differences between technology engineers and fashion designers. Technology industry’s productivity relies on the cooperation of these two key industries.
In the manufacturing setting, the engineers spend time packing as much technology as they can in one device, while on the other hand, fashion experts focus on ensuring that the device fit comfortably and is aesthetically appealing to the consumers. Thus, companies investing in wearable technology must find a way to improve collaboration between the engineering and fashion department. If they can’t find a way to balance the two disciplines their products will not serve its purpose because not all aspects are effectively addressed.
Major wearable product developers both in the United States and Netherlands, define wearable technology as a device which enables a person to do more with less while improving connectivity with the world. The device must also fit the body well and grant access to abilities above the normal capacity of any human being. For these manufacturers, they’d like to emphasize the device’s ability to add superhuman capability to the user.
The goal can only be achieved if these manufacturers successfully find a way to combine engineering, technology, fashion and health informatics well. Also, the two discipline working together must find a way to communicate clearly despite the differences in their jargons, because most of the time they’re just talking about the same thing. The gap will be resolved if they choose to work together in a patient and respectful environment. Once they achieve this, they will be able to operate efficiently and produce the best output possible.