Clutch, a Washington, DC-based firm dedicated to identifying leading software and professional services firms, asked us about our work in wearables as part of a new research series. (Psst, we’re famous!) Our Creative Director Annika Seaberg, Solutions Architect Kyle Simmons and Senior Project Manager Ian Good talk wearable app dev details in the healthcare space and specifically for Reemo. Read the highlights.
In our interview with Clutch, the three wearables experts focused on their work outside the Apple Watch and Android Wear realm of wearables. More specifically, they shared how to apply this new technology in the medical field. The team also spoke about working with Reemo to design a hub app for its wearable device.
Developing for Reemo
“The general idea is that you wear a wristband, there are pods associated with a connected device distributed throughout a space, … and when you point at a specific pod, it tells the Reemo device that you want to do something,” Good said of Reemo.
Activated by gestures, such as raising and lowering your hand or pointing, the device enables an individual with limited mobility to live independently.
“Those gestures send a signal to the hub app that something should happen,” Good said. “Typical examples would be turning on the lights in a room or turning the thermostat up or down.”
A challenging aspect of the development process entailed transforming technologically complex software into an accessible, easy-to-use tool for consumers.
“Our challenge was placing all these functions in front of people in a way that made the setup not only easy and friendly but also fun and interesting,” Seaberg said. “We wanted people to understand the value behind the product, more so than the complexity of the backend.”
The future of wearables
The team also shared predictions about the future of wearables. They agreed that a vast array of possibilities exists for connected devices in terms of both aesthetics and capabilities.
“The part that I think is missing … is actually providing actionable advice that will compel people to change,” Simmons said. “Actually providing valuable insight that is going to get people to change is the secret sauce that I don’t think anyone has quite figured out yet.”
Photo courtesy of Jmicic.