Taylor Wessing reports that with Google Glass creating interest in the media, attention is shifting to the possibility of a new generation of technology that is not just portable but wearable. However, it is not just in the area of interactive information services that developments in wearable technology are taking place.
Advances are also being made in the area of wearable medical devices. In fact, the market for wearable devices is reported to have already reached a value of $2bn (£1.3bn) in 2011, with predictions that this will triple by 2016. The latter figure would represent some 100 million health-related devices sold, even before sports and fitness-related devices are included.