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Salesforce Wear Smartens Up With New Devices and Apps

Salesforce.com is not saving all its news for the fast-approaching annual Dreamforce event. This firm has already gone public with news of its expanding Salesforce Wear offering, which now adds Epson, Jawbone, Meta, Oculus, and Vuzix as members.

The Salesforce Wear app ecosystem sets out to help software application programmers develop the potential of wearable technology across industries with the introduction of enterprise apps built on the Salesforce1 Platform.

Speaking to Dr. Dobb's in line with this news was Adam Spearing, VP of platform for EMEA region at salesforce.com. "The wearables market is expanding rapidly — it's already growing at a rate five-times faster than the smartphone revolution — and there are many new players emerging with their own proprietary systems. While there are already a handful of market leaders, given the market is still in its infancy, it's important for developers to ensure they adopt cross-platform solutions and don't put all their eggs into one wearable vendor's metaphorical basket," he said.

"At salesforce.com, we're helping to address this issue with our Salesforce Wear platform, which supports the development of apps across all market-leading devices including Android Wear, Fitbit, Google Glass, Samsung Gear II, and many others. Our aim is to help developers of any industry experiment with wearable business applications without committing to a single vendor platform, by taking on the complexity of cross-platform delivery ourselves," added Spearing.

Salesforce now talks about the need to transform device data into actionable information through the Internet of Things in order to better human lives. In medical applications, remote monitoring facilitated by wearable devices is enabling independence from the comfort of patients' own homes.

"Accenture believes that wearable technologies have exciting use cases not only for consumers, in areas such as fitness and health monitoring and wearable fashion, but also powerful applications within the enterprise, enabling maintenance workers to quickly identify parts in the field, or allowing surgeons to connect with experts to get guidance on complicated procedures," said Brent Blum, lead of wearable technology practice, Accenture.

Salesforce Wear includes the Salesforce Wear Developer Pack, which provides enterprise developers with sample code, documentation, demonstrations, and reference apps for a growing list of devices. Salesforce Wear already includes support for Android Wear, ARM, Fitbit, Google Glass, Myo from Thalmic, Nymi from Bionym, OMSignal, Pebble, Philips, and Samsung Gear II.

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