With the unveiling of Samsung’s new Smart watch, there has been a lot of excitement surrounding the idea of wearable tech. As technology continues to find ways to make CPU’s smaller and faster the idea that you can have devices in all shapes and sizes becomes reality. There are several companies that have some sort of wearable technology ranging from smart watches to smart clothes. We might be seeing the future sooner than we thought. There are three pieces of wearable tech that you can acquire either now or soon – fulfilling our fantasies of a Star Trek world (sorta).
The Smart Watch:
One piece of tech that is starting to gain popularity are smart watches. Now most “smart” watches up until now have been mostly small GPS’s, iPods, and connectable to phones thru Bluetooth. But Samsung just released a new watch that is quite intelligent. The new release seen above is what Samsung describes as Galaxy Gear, basically a side kick to your Galaxy phone. But the watch can make calls, read emails, and other simple operations and basically becomes your smartphone without the full phone. If that doesn’t make any sense then you’re not alone, smart watches in some views, including mine, are just an expensive fashion item (it costs $299!). But their popularity is still growing so count on other companies coming out with their own smart watches.
One company who has always been pushing for new technology in its product line is Nike. Nike released a product called the Nike+ Fuelband which was designed to make everyday activities a game, the Fuelband is built to be worn everyday calculating your activity. Nike also fits shoes with Nike+ sensors one example seen here (link) this sensor allows shoes to become data readers feeding information back to the wearer. Other companies such as Under Armor provide the same technology but attached to training shirts mostly used for specific purposes. As of now only Nike offers the sensors to the consumer.
Of course the only product worth mentioning here is the Google Glass which is quite raw when it comes to head up displays that are wearable. Glass can get better and probably will over time, once third party companies figure out how to make it more accessible we could see an explosion in its popularity. At the moment it’s only worth while for developers.
As time moves on new products will be coming out that involve us becoming our own piece of tech, with the creation of Google Glass, smart watches, voice controlled devices, and Nike shoes. One day they will probably all start to work together. Hopefully this will be a lot sooner than we think!