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The year of wearable computing started early

The year of wearable computing started early

Business News reports that Founder and Chairman of Consumer Electronics Distributor Widget UK Ltd, Mark Needham, examines the electronics market and the rise of a niche consumable, wearable computing.

Taken as a whole, retail spending on consumer electronics is expected to be flat or slightly declining in 2013, as the market for flat screen televisions reaches saturation and spending on home PCs decline.

But within that overall trend, there will be categories of products which grow in sales. Wearable computing which monitors fitness, health, activity or other bodily functions will be one of the fastest growing segments with sales expected to at least double from 2013 over 2012.

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Aussies keen to welcome wearable tech overlords

Aussies keen to welcome wearable tech overlords

Farrha Khan reports that with the emergence of Google Glass and smartwatches, technology analysis firm Telsyte has revealed that nearly a quarter of Australians are becoming increasingly more open to wearable technology.

Wearable technology, or “smart accessories”, includes glasses, wristbands and watches that can send and receive information from smartphones.

Paired with a smartphone, smart accessories have so far been used for alerts, geo-tagging and fitness and health monitoring, but it is a developing market. Google Glass, for example, could be used for “lifelogging”.

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Brits ready to embrace wearable tech, study claims

Brits ready to embrace wearable tech, study claims

Sophie Curtis reports that research has revealed that 8 million people in Britain are already using wearables.

Wearable technology is widely predicted to be the next big wave in mobility, with innovations like the Pebble watch and Google Glass providing a glimpse of what the future could look like. But new research has revealed that 8 million people in Britain are already using wearables, and 16 million are planning to use them when they become more widely available.

Of those that are already using the wearable technology in Britain, 71 percent believe that it has enhanced their lives, according to the survey of 4,000 adults carried out by the University of London on behalf of Rackspace. Users in the US are even more enthusiastic, with 82 percent of those surveyed claiming the same.

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How Wearable Tech Is Enhancing Our Lives (And Careers)

How Wearable Tech Is Enhancing Our Lives (And Careers)

David Mielach reports that while Google Glass has captured the world’s attention as the latest wearable technology, people say that other wearable tech, such as bracelets that keep track of your activities or apps that track your calorie intake, are already having an effect on their lives.

The research revealed that even though just 18 percent of survey respondents actually use wearable tech, 82 percent of the users in America say they have had their lives enhanced in one way or another by wearable technology.

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How wearable tech will fuel the Internet of things

How wearable tech will fuel the Internet of things

Ted Samson reports that wearable technologies like Google Glasses, the Nike+ FuelBand, and Autographer are still in their infancy, but they’ve managed to pique the interest of organizations and users alike. A new study from Rackspace titled “The Human Cloud: Wearable Technology from Novelty to Productivity” reports that 18 percent of the population in the United States and United Kingdom are using wearable technology, and the majority of those users (82 percent of Americans and 71 percent of Brits) say these devices are making their lives better.

Beyond providing users with real-time data about their health or an augmented view of the world, wearable technologies will form an integral part of the “Internet of things,” the logical evolution of the cloud and big data. The idea is to enable sensor-equipped “things” to communicate with one another in meaningful, actionable ways. For that to happen, though, companies need to take care not to scare off would-be users by failing to address their privacy concerns.

Will wearable IP-connected technology fuel cloud – or the other way around?

Will wearable IP-connected technology fuel cloud – or the other way around?

Business Cloud News reports that a study commissioned by Rackspace and published Tuesday finds that while only 18 per cent of UK and US respondents have actually used wearable technology, 82 per cent of American and 71 per cent of British users believe that these cloud-powered devices have “enhanced their lives.”

The study, “The Human Cloud: Wearable Technology from Novelty to Productivity,” was commissioned by Rackspace in association with the Centre for Creative and Social Technology (CAST) at Goldsmiths, University of London. The study surveyed the attitudes and behaviours of over 4,000 adults living in the UK and US.

CAST’s research reveals a few interesting tidbits about how consumers feel about wearable technology. The research finds that of the 18 per cent of US and UK respondents who reported using wearable technology, 63 per cent of UK and 71 per cent of American’s surveyed stated that wearable technology has improved their lives; one in three in both the US and UK believe that wearable technology has helped their career development.

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Wearable Computing Goes to the Dogs

wearable computing goes to the dogs

AFP reports that the wearable computing craze went to the dogs on Wednesday with startup Whistle introducing a smart pendant that tracks physical activity levels and sleep patterns in canines.

“Whistle was inspired by my love of dogs,” co-founder and chief executive Ben Jacobs told AFP as his pooch, Duke, darted about a dog park near the company’s office in San Francisco.

“We’re introducing a window into their lives; creating a way for owners and veterinarians to take a preventative approach to our pets’ health.” Whistle devices attached to dog collars or harnesses use movement-sensing accelerometers to track activity and even how well a pet is sleeping, then relay the information wirelessly to smartphones or Wi-Fi hotspots.