The emergence and adoption of wearable and embedded technologies has the potential to produce widespread and deep impacts on society in the U.S. and across the globe. These changes are not set to begin in a distant, science fiction-inspired future. Their impact has already influenced the way some people interact with one another, interact with their environment, and protect their health. The last 10 to 15 years alone have shown us how the rapid rise of mobile computing and social media can powerfully alter the security environment at national, regional, and global scales. These changes will only be amplified by the proliferation of wearable and embedded devices as they become less expensive, more powerful, more diverse, and more closely integrated into our daily activities.
Approximately 90% of Americans are excited about wearable tech and most think it will be as common as smart phones within six years, according to a survey conducted by Wakefield Research. Wearable device shipments will approach 130 million units by 2018, 10 times more than 2013, possibly resulting in the wearables market growing to $50 billion in the next four years, according to estimates by Juniper Research.