Wearable is the next big thing in mobile computing

I am often being asked “What do you think is the next big thing in mobile computing?“. I am professionally involved in the AutoID and mobile computing industry for quite a long time and have seen many changes and new technologies in these years. What I see lately is bigger and bigger customer demand for wearable technology. Usually they are looking for solutions that would allow physical workers in supply chain to freely use their hands, sight and hearing without too much technology distraction. They are looking for the solution that also provides full safety of workers.

There are two human senses that we use to augment reality in warehouses and manufacturing plants to achieve digitized workers: voice and vision! We use a headset with a microphone together with a wearable computer and a wearable bar-code scanner. With these technologies workers become fully immersed into digital layer and we often call them “digital workers“.

At the beginning digital workers are a bit scared of all the technologies they need to wear but soon they are all proud and start to feel confident. At the end workers are more productive and they like to be productive – who doesn’t?


Being part of Spica management team for more than 15 years, Andrej Planina is considered a leading regional expert in the field of business mobile solutions and technologies for automatic identification. He obtained extensive knowledge working as a project manager for major organizations in the region. Well aware of the business aspects in information processes, Andrej is the author of some of Spica’s successful products. An award-winner for the best innovation for the "Intelligent safety control system“, he is regularly invited to share his knowledge as the lecturer at the University of Ljubljana (Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, Faculty of Economics). When not working for Špica, he is a passionate wine taster and blogger. Find out more at : http://vinskezgodbe.blogspot.com.