To date, most of the devices being created in the wearables market, most of the applications made for those same devices and much of the upcoming developments in the field, are for consumers. They’re designed for the end user who’s looking to get fitter, the gamer that wants the cutting edge of virtual reality, or the parent that wants to be able to get in touch with their child when they need to. But what about the business world? Salesforce, software giant and global cloud provider, has announced a drive to bring more wearable devices into the work place, by releasing a new software development kit (SDK) that will allow developers to build applications designed specifically for the business world wearables of the future.
For now though it will work with devices we’re all familiar with, like Google Glass, Samsung’s Smart Gear and the Pebble Smartwatch. To give everyone a proof of concept, Salesforce released six of its own applications with the SDK, showing us that it’s able to pull up a patients records at a hospital using gesture controls (keeping a physician’s hands away from germ dispensing keyboards), or using a Pebble watch to calculate some simple business metrics.
Another app it came up with worked with Samsung’s Gear 2 smarwatch, displaying a lot of information from the company’s sales information products, giving you instant access to any of the talking points you’d need, as well as a calendar for future appointments and information on upcoming clients that you’re meeting with. It’s these sorts of digital assistant like tools that Salesforce believes wearable would be perfect for.
The idea behind the SDK though, is to leapfrog the lengthy development period of early smartphone designers and to stand on the shoulders of giants, to speed up the process with wearables.
“People would have to build everything–like identity and security–from scratch,” said senior vice president of emerging technologies at Salesforce, Daniel Debow. “But all of this is already built into Salesforce’s existing developer platform.”
Sales is one area that Debow believes wearables could be a great help. As it stands, he said, when showing clients information, taking down contact details or bringing up datapoints, sales people are constantly pulling their phone out of their pocket. Wouldn’t it be much easier, if all of that information was on their wrist and accessible via gesture controls?
This push by Salesforce sounds like a smart plan and perhaps is one that could be introduced slowly through a bring your own device system. What do you guys think?[Thanks Wired]