Wearables are set to take over the market by 2020, despite the fact that analysts are now a bit more cautious as to their dominance in the market. However, a new report shows that wearables are having an impact outside of the typical consumer market in organizations such as the NBA.
ReadWrite says that a wearables committee is set to be formed as a result of the bargaining agreement reached between the players union and the NBA that would allow players to rest when they've reached a certain exertion level. It makes sense to put your best players in the game, but ignorance regarding a particular player's exhaustion can be costly in the short-term and in the long run. A player that has an injury that is ignored or unknown can end up having an even worse injury down the line and could find himself out of commission for the rest of the season. If you're a winning NBA team, the last thing you want is injured all-stars.
Currently, wearables such as biometric trackers that analyze calories, distance, heart rate, etc., are banned by the NBA. The new wearables committee will be charged with looking into the matter to see if the benefits outweigh the risks. Of course, wearables containing computers have security issues of their own, but perhaps the risks are worth it to ensure NBA players survive the season and keep winning.