While health care, entertainment and other disciplines continue to use wearable technologies, the fitness and sports industries are probably ones that still lead the list. The smart watch market alone is expected to touch 161 million pieces by 2021 and smart watches are big in the fitness and sports domains. Whether it is professional sports involving live game monitoring, off field training, team collaboration, wearables in sports is skyrocketing and in some sense this is only the start. Here is an interesting article on the upcoming London Marathon and how one of the runners plans to leverage wearable technology at varied levels, end to end.
It is very obvious that this will only continue to rise bringing in a tighter connect between sports and technology. As an organization that is into wearables application testing for quite a few years now, we strongly believe that the quality of these applications will go a long way in the sustenance of wearables in the technology world and the domain they are leveraged for.
Talking specifically of engineers in the quality space, who test wearables, what is that one attribute that stands out in helping ship exceptional applications? There are many that equally apply to all testers, but that one in our experience is CURIOSITY. Curiosity goes a long way in understanding some ambiguous pieces of how integration happens, identifying new scenarios that may additionally give the application an edge, understanding the dynamics of the extremely agile market, weighing in competitor positioning amongst others. Such curiosity especially in the high demand sport wearables market, moulds a tester to also be a market evaluator, business analyst, end user, a technology geek amongst others. Curiosity is often implicit – but with awareness on what could make the difference, a tester can certainly go a long way in helping ship great applications in this highly user centric sports wearables market place.