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Software Testing in an Era of Wearable Technology

wearable_technology.jpgWearable technology is no longer the realm of science fiction and it is no longer the purview of techies only.  Wearable technology is going mainstream, with smart watches, Google Glass and other eyewear devices, biometric and health tracking tools.

 

As CNET points out, many different brands were showcasing a variety of mobile offerings at Mobile World Congress, including product offerings by Samsung and Sony.  Samsung, for example, is offering watches called the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Motorola, one of the pioneers of smart watches, has plans for a new product and HTC will have a smart watch offering by Christmas of 2014. Sony, on the other hand, is aiming to reshape and redefine the pedometer and go much further with a SmartBand that provides biometric and health tracking.

As these and other new wearable tech products come out into the marketplace, this could fundamentally alter the way in which technology is presented to users in an everyday sense, in much the same way that mobile devices and tablets did.  It will also result in some significant changes in the software testing process. Designing for wearable tech will become yet another concern for developers; corresponding software testing services will be needed to ensure that software works seamlessly on this new generation of devices.

How Software Testing Will Adapt to Wearable Tech

Wearable technology devices are going to mean big changes in many different ways when it comes to software testing. For example:

  • Delivering a good user experience on wearable tech devices means stripping down the mobile and desktop experience to the core functions. Software needs to work well on tiny screens that are always on, which means distilling the essence of the software even more than with mobile.  Since there will be such profound differences between usability on a mobile or desktop device versus a wearable tech device, scaled testing under different real-world scenarios will become more important than ever.
  • Wearable technology products introduce a new concern for product design.  While people may want to embrace wearable technology devices, they also don’t want to look ridiculous. This means that the design of the hardware needs to be planned carefully. This dovetails with software development and testing, since making the software work with revolutionary hardware will require a careful evaluation of features and function.
  • Software will need to work in new ways. Wearable tech devices interact with people on-the-go, thus introducing new problems of security and localisation, as well as load problems that testers have never seen.  Performance testing services will help to create appropriate tests to ensure that the wearable software can handle demand and work effectively in different real-world scenarios.

These are just some of the myriad issues that need to be planned for in the development of wearable technology.

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