Wearable technology: Big companies get involved in Big Brother-style monitoring of staff



A nice article (that our researcher Lee Tobin contributed to) in The Irish Times newspaper on how wearable technology might impact our working lives. Here is an excerpt:

” …Wearable technologies are nothing new. The Google Glass consumer-oriented product allows owners to do many of the things they could do on their tablet with a pair of mock spectacles.

Then you have apps such as FitBit, which track your activity, so you can feel better about yourself as you walk home from the pub.

Likewise there are numerous wearable technologies used to monitor patients with various health conditions.

So who’s to say this kind of technology couldn’t be used in other settings? To time an employee’s smoke break, for example, or to alert the boss when someone is spending too much time chatting at the water cooler.

We are already living in the age of the “quantified self”. So it was only a matter of time before business bought in…”








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