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Wearable Tech Is Improving Employee Productivity And Happiness

A Burg smartwatch is seen at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Nevada January 7, 2015.   The 3G touchscreen Burg sma
A Burg smartwatch is seen at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Nevada January 7, 2015. The 3G touchscreen Burg smart watch combines fashion with functionality, allowing users to make and receive calls without being linked to a smart phone, and features a built-in SIM-card slot, video camera, micro SD card slot, Bluetooth and GPS. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Wearable devices are something of a darling in the mobile industry today, especially with recent smartwatch launches and new platforms for developing applications. Such devices could be, first and foremost, an additional screen for your smartphone. However, beyond telling time, giving notifications and running apps, the big potential in wearables is in the APIs -- particularly the data you can collect from the sensors embedded in the device. For instance, there’s motion data, location-tracking, and even the possibility of using smartwatches for mobile, contactless payments.

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