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The future is here, with the production of a new generation of technologies that will allow users to interact with computing devices that are worn by the bearer under, with or on top of clothing. The introduction of smart watches and glasses bring upon economic, social and personal effects that will revolutionize the human experience.
The use of technology has greatly expanded out of the workplace into users’ daily lives. Now the integration of human experience and wearable computing will allow users to enhance each experience. This new wave of technologies will ignite an explosion of innovation which will be the key to advancement for mankind, led by authorities in the field:
* Cosmin Laslau, Analyst, Lux Research
* Dirk Schapeler, Chief Executive Office, ViviTouch
* Edgar Perez, Editor, Wearable Computing Review
* Lisa Eadicicco, Staff Writer, LAPTOP Magazine
* Qaizar Hassonjee, Vice President of Innovations, adidas Wearable Sports Electronics
* Rob Rueckert, Managing Director, New Devices and Wearables Group, Intel Capital
* Scott N. Schober, President and CEO, Berkeley Varitronics Systems
* Sonny Vu, Founder, Misfit Wearables
* More to be confirmed
EET India reports that Thalmic Labs Inc. has closed a Rs.77.96 crore ($14.5 million) Series A financing round led by Spark Capital and Intel Capital. According to Stephen Lake, CEO and co-founder of Thalmic Labs, the funding will be used for the continuous growth and product development of its MYO devices and other future products.
“This new investment will help us realise our vision of a new era of computing, where the lines between humans and digital technology become increasingly blurred,” Lake added.
MYO is an armband that wirelessly controls your computer, phone, and other digital devices. Since its announcement of MYO, Thalmic Labs has seen rapid traction from technology enthusiasts around the world. In less than three months, pre-orders have been received for over 30,000 units from customers in 138 countries.
Shona Ghosh reports that wearable tech will be a “revolution” for mobile computing – but it’ll come from consumers owning “hundreds” of smaller smart devices rather than a single one such as Google Glass.
That’s according to hosting firm Rackspace, which says the “real revolution” in wearable tech will be when everything in a consumer’s wardrobe acts as a smart device, such as trainers that track your running patterns.
“Google Glass is an interesting innovation – but the real revolution is not wearable glasses, it’s in my wardrobe, my drawers, the items in my life,” technology VP Nigel Beighton told PC Pro. “Whether that’s my underwear or my running shoes, my hi-fi or my pens, it’s about all of those being enabled. We’re talking about those being able to sense and build data.”
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.
According to Celia Brown, it’s been six months since I made the cliché New Year’s Resolution … lose weight, get in shape – you know the drill. This is an annual event for millions of us who sign up for Weight Watchers and gym memberships in early January and are back to former routines by February.
Matthew Belvedere reports that wearable technology will have a “huge impact” on our lives in the next five to 10 years, and Apple will have an advantage in this arena, former Apple CEO John Sculley told CNBC on Monday.
“I think we’re at the beginning of o sensor revolution,” he said in a “Squawk Box” interview. “Wearables are about the passive ability of sensors to be able to monitor lots of different kinds of things.”
Sculley, co-founder of Misfit Wearables, was CEO of Apple from 1983 to 1993.