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Wearable technology in medical devices sector

Wearable technology in medical devices sector

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.

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A Portrait Of The Artist Wearing Google Glass

A Portrait Of The Artist Wearing Google Glass

John Nosta reports that was I looking at the world or was the world looking at me? I guess it didn’t matter. What mattered was that I was different.  The way I thought, the way I processed information and the way I communicated had changed in ways that are both overt and subtle. I’ve worn glasses almost all my life, yet I’ve never really had this kind of 20/20/20/20 vision–nothing even close.  I was wearing a revolution that was perched on the bridge of my nose.  And what I saw was nothing that electrons and light can capture. No image. No tweet. No video.

The vision of Glass was less about the flow of information and more about the magic of that sliver of now that is wedged between the remorse of the past and the expectation of the future. That compression of time when intent is moved closer to action and what’s revealed is just too simple to explain.

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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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.

Wearable technology: a vision for the future

Wearable technology: a vision for the future

Oliver Stokes reports that wearable technology is the big buzz area in consumer electronics today. Via rumours of Apple’s curved glass ‘smart watch’, fueled again by Apple CEO Tim Cook’s recent interview at D11 and the vast amount of blog coverage surrounding Google Glass, it’s certain that the age of ‘wearables’ is soon to be upon us.

Even with these exciting product concepts there are still many questions to be asked about what the future holds and how consumers will accept the ‘new normal’ for wearable technology. We’ve all adjusted to the role of the smart phone in our lives, the ‘always on’ feeds of information which are pushed to us from Twitter or Facebook. We’ve all seen the masses stood on train stations gazing through Gorilla Glass screens, revealing the reams of information available to us. ‘Wearables’, however, are set to completely re-programme how we currently see our relationship with information and technology.

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Wearable Computing Pioneer in favor of Google Glasses

Wearable Computing Pioneer in favor of Google Glasses

Rachel Metz reports that Thad Starner explains why he thinks people will soon crave the ultrafast communication and “killer existence” that Google Glass makes possible.

Few gadgets have generated as much excitement and hostility as Google Glass, a voice-activated computer-monitor combo worn on eyeglass frames. Now being tested by early adopters, Glass is an ambitious attempt to advance “wearable computing.” It’s also a milestone for Thad Starner, a Georgia Tech professor who has been building and wearing head-mounted computers since 1993. A decade ago, he showed Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin a clunky version of such a device; in 2010 they hired Starner to be a technical lead for Project Glass. He met recently with MIT Technology Review IT editor Rachel Metz.