Wearable Tech World Feature Article
June 11, 2014

Salesforce Recognizing the Potential of Wearables

The Internet of Things (IoT), wearable technology and mobile communications are coming to provide a new era of service in which consumers will be able to access customizable solutions. Although the IoT and wearable technologies are relatively new, Salesforce, a global CRM solution provider has launched a developer pack called Wear targeted at app developers to create enterprise apps for wearable devices.

The Salesforce Wear Developer Pack is a collection of open-source starter apps that allow developers to create and build on existing mobile apps on its Salesforce1 platform. With millions of wearable devices connected in the cloud, it can be used to create many new applications and business opportunities. The company recognizes wearable technology is still developing, but it believes it can be a valuable asset in the enterprise space.

Wear contains reference apps, demos, open-source code, and other documentation to develop apps for six wearable device types. They are:

Google Glass – an Android-based head-mounted wearable device that projects a transparent screen in front of the user's field of vision.

Android Wear – is a version of Google's Android operating system designed for smart watches and other wearables.

The Samsung Gear 2 – is a smartwatch that syncs with a Samsung mobile phone or tablet and allows users to make and receive calls, display emails and texts, take pictures and record video.

The Myo – an armband from Thalmic Labs is a gesture control device that uses arm and hand movements to allow users to operate in a hands-free environment.

Nymi – a biometric identity wristband that uses your body's unique cardiac signal to uniquely identify a user.

The Pebble Smartwatch  – a wearable device that supports basic smartphone-like features such as email and text notification.

"Wearables represent an entirely new class of devices. They enable unique one-to-one experiences, are context-aware, and always on. They have the potential to deliver really seamless experiences," said Dan Debow, senior vice president of emerging technologies at Salesforce.com.

Wearable technology has been applied in many different industries to enhance the environment in which people work. Warehouses, oil and gas installations, airports and others have deployed working prototypes to determine the effectiveness of the technology in real life applications, and preliminary results have revealed positive evaluations.

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Edited by Maurice Nagle

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