Earlier this month, I wrote that \u201ceven as smartwatch shipments continue to grow, significant industrial and business use cases for these internet-connected devices have yet to appear.\u201d\nAnd then a few days later, as if on cue, International Data Corporation (IDC) put out a press release about the latest edition of the Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker. The release quoted Ramon T. Llamas, research director for IDC's Wearables team, saying, "Two major drivers for the wearables market are healthcare and enterprise adoption.\u201d\n\nAccording to Llamas, \u201cWithin the enterprise, wearables can help to accelerate companies' digital transformation by transmitting information back and forth while allowing workers to complete their tasks faster. This is where both vendors and companies can streamline processes to achieve faster results."\nThat\u2019s not all. The release also connected smart assistants running on wearables with business use cases.\n"The rise of smart assistants on wearables, both wrist-worn and ear-worn, is a trend worth watching," said Jitesh Ubrani, research manager for IDC's Mobile Device Trackers, in a statement. "Though still in its infancy, the integration of these assistants with wearables opens up new use cases, from allowing these devices to tie into the smart home to making the devices more proactive at urging users to live healthier or more productive lives." [Italics mine.]\nYou can bet these statements grabbed my attention, so I reached out via email to learn more and quickly heard back from Llamas.\n\u201cYou\u2019re right,\u201d he wrote, \u201centerprise deployment is slow. Most of it is driven by digital health\/corporate wellness initiatives.\u201d\n3 companies developing wearable technology for business\nBut Llamas provided three examples of companies \u201cgetting attention\u201d for their work on wearable technology for the enterprise:\n\nTheatro:\u00a0Hands-free communication for retail workers\nHipaax:\u00a0Software solution for wearable workflows\nNotable:\u00a0Hands-free patient record note-taking\n\nLet\u2019s take a quick look at each one:\nTheatro uses a voice-controlled \u201cintelligent assistant\u201d to operate a SaaS-based mobile Internet of Things (IoT) devices that let even hourly workers use the existing enterprise apps, as well as the company\u2019s own collaboration apps. Theatro\u2019s website claims retailing customers such as\u00a0The Container Store, Niemen Marcus and Cabelas, for applications like enabling a Niemen\u2019s fitting room associate to easily call a floor associate to bring a different size item and letting Cabelas managers reassign labor in real-time to optimize floor coverage.\n\n\n \n\n\nThe Hipaax TaskWatch solution, meanwhile, is designed to \u201ctransform information into actionable and measurable tasks.\u201d TaskWatch applications are developed on a \u201ccloud-based wearable backend\u201d and are delivered as a service called WearableWorkflow, with \u201cinteractive top-down statistical analysis for ongoing workflow optimization\u201d handled by TaskAnalytics.\nThe platform promises enterprise productivity benefits by keeping employees \u201cconnected to enterprise systems through customizable notifications and task-specific data entry forms,\u201d while gamification features help engage and motivate employees. The website doesn\u2019t mention customers, but it cites partner logos such as Verizon, Red Hat, SAP, and Samsung.\nFinally, uniting Llamas' points about healthcare and productivity, Notable sells a wearable, voice-powered assistant for doctors that uses voice-driven, HIPAA-compliant \u201cAI to automate and structure every physician-patient interaction.\u201d The company site doesn\u2019t mention customers, but last year the company scored a $13.5 million Series A financing round.\nI\u2019m not sure these three examples are enough to make me a believer in enterprise wearable tech, but they\u2019re certainly a start.