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Woman with wearable deviceAt the beginning of 2017, wearables stole the show at CES, the world’s most influential, state of the art technology event – together with connected homes and the latest from the Internet of Things.

Hands up if you use a device from this growing family of products in your daily routine! As the name itself indicates, these are technological devices one wears, but they are so much more than just a trendy accessory. In our fast-evolving, connected era, these gadgets monitor the connected human using a variety of smart sensors, tracking our physical activity, sleep patterns, dietary habits and heart rates. Some even warn us when we are most sensitive to stress, when we should get up and move around, or for connected women, when conception is most likely.

These devices are designed to drive us towards our individual goals, including keeping healthily active, attaining optimal weight and being more efficient. Worn on the wrist, clipped to the body or as a pendant around one’s neck, they may be mistaken for jewellery or watches and are becoming increasingly unobtrusive. Many have little or no graphical interface and their users rely on apps installed on smartphones to debrief them.

The wellness tracker market is the focus of one of the major tech races of the new millennium. No longer limited to the elite, this market is increasingly targeting the mainstream and is expected to represent over $5 billion by 2019, according to market research company Parks Associates.

As we grow accustomed to smaller, smarter technological devices that are integrated into everything, wearables are becoming a new social standard. Whether it’s a smart watch, fitness trackers or apparel, tech we wear daily is more popular than ever.

However, what seems to be missing in many of these devices today is a natural interface that give wearers feedback naturally, alongside the existing graphical interface of our smartphones.

Just as voice control is becoming the dominant user interface in areas such as the smart home, it follows that this is also the most intuitive interface for connected apps and devices in the increasingly popular wearable market.

rSpeak Technologies provides a growing family of state of the art text-to-speech voices that are the natural interface for wearable devices. Their natural-sounding clarity promotes usability and familiarity in wearables, making them easier to use and enjoyable for consumers from all demographics, in a variety of languages and voices from around the globe.

Calling all wellness tracking start-ups and developers: set your products apart by giving them the gift of speech with rSpeak text-to-speech voices. Click here to start a conversation on this with rSpeak Technologies.