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WSJ: Wearable Gadgets Transform How Companies Do Business

Privacy is on the way out!  Big business can track your movements, listen to your phone calls, see how many hours you spend working – or not… Great for efficiency and safety, challenging for privacy advocates.

By H. JAMES WILSON                  Updated Oct. 20, 2013 7:52 p.m. ET

Big companies are putting wearables to work.

 

Companies are figuring out how to use those kinds of gadgets to improve their business. They’re giving wearables to employees and customers to gather subtle data about how they move and act—and then use that information to help them do their jobs better or improve their buying experience.

Football teams, for instance, are putting monitoring devices in players’ undershirts so coaches can tell exactly how fast they’re moving and how hard they’re exerting themselves. In offices, workers are getting smart badges that tell them how engaged or stressed they are during meetings, while warehouse crews are being supplied with talking glasses that warn them if they’re about to fill an order incorrectly or crash their forklift.

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