Indian business conglomerate Tata Groups is planning to enter the consumer IoT space with products like wearables in mind. The group wants to develop smart watches for two very distinct categories – industrial and for Yoga enthusiasts.
The industrial wearable or smart watches will be launched for Tata’s own employees who are working in the company’s steel factories as crane workers. The wearables are currently being tested on the crane workers on various health parameters like body fatigue, heart beat etc. The company said it will save lives by alerting the supervisors or management to accidents in the factory.
The other wearable device is being planed for the Yoga enthusiasts. The yoga smart watch would track multiple fitness metrics and will be used by Tata’s own employees who are in to yoga.
“We are going back to the basics with our yoga wearable. Users can stop many lifestyle diseases at their very onset,” Tata Son’s Chief Technology Officer Gopichand Katragadda said.
“We have the technology to develop different kinds of wearables and we want to bring Made in India products into the market.”
The company said both the wearables will initially be used by its own employees but will later be available commercially.
The market for wearables in the form of smart watches and fitness bands is growing steadily, both internationally as well as in India. Many technology companies like Fitbit, Jawbone and Goqii have launched their fitness trackers in India. Besides, smartphone companies like Motorola, Samsung, Xiaomi, LG and Intex are also vying a pie of the $ 4 million wearable Indian market with their products.