What it is: A startup company called Vence plans to sell wearable computers for cattle.
Many people still can’t figure out a reason for using a wearable computer like the Apple Watch. Never mind that the Apple Watch’s main purpose is real-time health monitoring and everyone should be concerned about their health. Just in case you still can’t figure out why wearable computers are the next big future in technology, consider a new product by a company called Vence.
The idea behind Vence’s wearable computers is to put them on the ears of cattle. Currently the approach to confining cattle to limited spaces is to use expensive fencing that takes time to put up and maintain. Vence’s wearable computer simply provides an external stimuli such as a noise, vibration, or shock to cattle when they approach areas where they’re not supposed to be. In this way, cattle can be kept away from certain areas without the need for fences.
Even better, Vence’s wearables can be programmed so cattle can be moved from one place to another without ripping up fence posts and sticking new fences in the ground. This gives greater flexibility at much less cost for confining cattle.
If you think wearable computers have no purpose, think again. Wearable computers provide computing power wherever you move so it can create virtual fences for cattle (or people) in ways that ordinary personal computers could never do. The next time you think a wearable computer has no purpose, remind yourself that mainframe and minicomputer users used to say the same thing about personal computers too. Wearable computers may not be for everyone, but they definitely have a specific purpose that no other type of computer can match.