by Ayliffe Brown

August 26, 2015

Radio Technology and its Role in the Future of Smart Wearables

The world of radio and its technology is one that has seen huge leaps and bounds over the past 100 years. Today’s world of radio technology though is one that has become even more innovative. The best place to see these new innovations is no doubt in the field of smart wearables. Everything from smartphones to Bluetooth headpieces have been able to take radio technology to a whole new level.

The biggest innovations have been in the world of communications. WiFi has been able to allow for quicker transmission of voice and information. Information technology and voice over internet protocol, or VoIP, has certainly seen the benefits of these new radio technologies. Below is a small look at the future of radio technology and how it will benefit the future of smart wearables. Radio technology will play a huge role in the office and education right on up to healthcare.

WiFi and Bluetooth have been able to make communicating that much more easier with wearables. A BlueTooth headset allows for hands free communication which in turns means that a person is able to be freed up to do much more things. This is very vital when it comes to the optimal running of an office setting and even in a hospital. BlueTooth now has low powered features which means that communicating with a BlueTooth headset will last longer. Another thing is that the innovations of BlueTooth allow for clearer radio transmissions and sounds.

As one would expect, with more and more people opting for Bluetooth and this type of radio technology and communication, the communication aspect can become more difficult with more and more people using WiFi avenues. Cloud based services and faster WiFi options these days are allowing for better communications between devices. This will certainly be vital for the future of smart wearables because these devices rely and market themselves on real time transmission of information and if there is any disruption in the transmission that could mean that information could be full of errors and would be deemed non sufficient.

IoT, or the Internet of Things, is the field that deals with the communications and technologies when it comes to smart devices and wearables. Imagination Technologies is one business that is doing groundbreaking research in this field. They specialize in the development of special radio chips that will make the battery life of smart devices to last longer. Their engineers have been able to develop chips that will allow for the battery on an IoT device to be able to last up to four months on one charge. This London based company prides themselves on being able to enhance the radio based communication abilities between smart devices.

No power and low power radio communications will no doubt be the future of IoT technology. Being able to communicate through a smartwatch or a smartphone will require optimal radio technology. The University of Washington is another group that is experimenting with the use of low powered radio frequencies given off by WiFi connections and using that to power devices. Connectivity is going to be key and it is these studies as such by the University of Washington that will play a key role in the future of IoT and smart wearables and their radio based communications features. Other major electronics companies such as Qualcomm are examples of companies that are using their resources to help improve radio communications in IoT devices.

Simply put, the better the radio based communication that is around for IoT devices, the better that these devices will be. It will open the door for better communication and will make the evolution of these products to be that much better and useful. Data and information will no doubt be the driving force behind the future of smart wearables in the future. The only way that this field will see any future improvement will be the optimizing of radio based communications. The better WiFi and the better and quicker that data and information is able to be transferred, the better that these future IoT products will become.

Information will be able to travel across the world at the blink of an eye. People who exercise and have a smart wearable on will be able to have that information accessed by a health professional in real time. Group office meetings will be able to take place in real time regardless of where people are located. One person could be in Tokyo while the other could be in New York City. The future of radio based communications is one that will be bright and it will be vital to how we will access and share data and information in all aspects of ones life.