Smart phones are already too common, tablets are becoming too common and are almost replacing our netbooks and to an extent, our laptops. What is next? Well, wearable devices are talk of the future, you may think. But you are wrong! You may not know, or you may know only Google’s Project Glass, but there are already a few products in the market which use wearable technology to take you one step closer to the next generation connected world.
Smart watches and smart glasses are the devices which are considered cool these days. There are a few watches out in the market which run a stripped down version of Google’s mobile operating system, Android. And there are a few other watches which feature the e-paper technology. The possibilities for the future are endless. The Cupertino tech giant, Apple, has also been recently granted a patent for head mounted display. So very soon, you can expect the company to release “iGlasses”, or something similar. Android Authority writes about such devices.
Perhaps more surprising than the IMS Research projection, is the fact that 14 million wearable devices shipped in 2011. The fact is that wearable tech is already here and many people are already using it.
We’ve also been keeping a close eye on the development of smart watches, such as the Pebble e-paper watch which can connect to Android smartphones and the iPhone, using Bluetooth, to bring you vibrations for incoming calls or messages, caller ID, emails, calendar alerts, Facebook messages, and more. We’re still waiting to see a watch that runs a full version of Android, but releases like the Motorola ACTV and the Sony Smart Watch look like a step in the right direction.
A company called Vuzix already offers a range of augmented reality glasses. They also have glasses for watching video and virtual reality gaming. It’s fast becoming a competitive market and Silicon Micro Display is another company that offers glasses for movie viewing right now. A company called Recon Instruments has designed ski goggles with a heads-up display capable of providing you with location and speed information and alerting you to incoming calls.
You can also buy an array of other wearable tech from LED dresses, to vibrating FPS gaming vests, to heart rate monitors, to Bluetooth pendants.
As you can see, the future is already here. It all depends on how you see it, a waste of money and resources, or making life simpler and more productivie.
Source: Android Authoriy