As Christmas and the holiday season are among us, wearable tech products prove to be some of the most popular gift options for all. Wearable tech has not only grown in popularity over the past couple of years due to its innovative technology, but also thanks to its innovative design! The Mako Design team at our Florida invention development studio has shared our top tips to help you create your next wearable tech product to wow the market.
Use an Adjustable Design to Work for All Sizes
One of the reasons why our Florida invention development studio believes wearable tech does so well within both the tech and product market is how easily it can appeal to all different types of audiences. Thus, you’ll notice that most successful wearable tech products are easily adjustable to fit on the hands, wrists, or different body parts of most people. When approaching your wearable tech product design, make sure you account for the fact that the design must adjustable and flexible enough to work and fit on a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Our Florida invention development studio knows that a successful and innovative product is always one that can adapt with its audience, so its important to make sure that the functionality goes hand in hand with an adjustable design that allows for both the function of the wearable tech piece to work, and also for the design to fit comfortably on any consumer.
Choose Comfortable and Functional Material
Leading on to our second tip recommended from our Florida invention development studio, it’s important that all wearable tech pieces are comfortable to wear. One thing that appeals to people the most to wearable tech is their curiosity as to how one can innovate a tech product so much so that it can perform while being worn on the body and while in motion. However, consumers are less likely to invest in a wearable tech product if they know or notice that the product itself is uncomfortable or hard to wear at all – which is why it’s vital to choose a material and design that is both functional and comfortable for a variety of users to wear and use. Choosing materials such as soft plastic, leather, hybrid materials are all great options, but make sure to feel out different materials and prototype as much as possible to make sure your tech piece is both functional and feels good on the body when worn. Asking different age groups and body types to try out your product is also a great way to get consumer feedback if ever needed to redesign your product.
Incorporating Accessibility in Your Wearable Tech Product
Although wearable tech pieces are popular amongst a vast majority of audiences, sometimes not everyone can partake in using or wearing a wearable tech piece. As some wearable tech pieces can be made too small or too complex, it may limit the amounts of people that are fully able to use the product. For example, those that are either hearing or visually impaired may have a tough time finding small buttons or looking at tine screens. Making sure that your product can work for a wide variety of people is key to making a successful wearable tech product that is accessible to all. One way that inventors can approach this issue to experiment and consider making two different versions of your wearable tech piece that is even simpler to use than your original design. Or, approach your wearable tech product to prioritize accessibility in its function in order to not only appeal to those with accessibility concerns but to also create a truly innovative product that allows audiences to interact with their wearable tech pieces in different, easier ways.
If you have a great new invention and you’d like to learn more about this process, get in touch with MAKO here and visit our website to find out more. Feel free to give us a call at +1 (888) 806-6256 (MAKO) and we can set you up on a call with our product analyst!
About: MAKO Design + Invent is the original firm providing world-class consumer product development services tailored to startups, small manufacturers, and inventors. Simply put, we are the leading one-stop-shop for developing your physical product from idea to store shelves, all in a high-quality, cost-effective, and timely manner. We operate as one powerhouse 30-person product design team spread across 4 offices to serve you (Austin, Miami, San Francisco, & Toronto). We have full-stack in-house industrial design, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, patent referral, prototyping, and manufacturing services. To assist our startup and inventor clients, in addition to above, we help with business strategy, product strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories. Also, our founder Kevin Mako hosts The Product Startup Podcast, the industry's leading hardware podcast. Check it out for tips, interviews, and best practices for hardware startups, inventors, and product developers. Click HERE to learn more about MAKO Design + Invent!