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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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.