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Connected World Magazine reports that by this point in time, you have likely heard about Google Glass, a device that leverages a head-mounted display offering a look into virtual reality. But the future of such wearable technology and AR (augmented reality) remains a bit uncertain with adoption rates still low. Will Google Glass find widespread interest among consumers when it finally hits stores? Possibly although the benefits for businesses could be a key driver for the technology going forward.
Research from Rackspace, www.rackspace.com, suggests while only 18% of U.K. and U.S. respondents have actually used wearable technology, 82% of those users in America and 71% in Britain believe the devices have enhanced lives.
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.
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.
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.
Joe McKendrick reports that there’s been quite a brouhaha over Google Glass, from proponents seeing the cloud-enabled glasses as a new way to navigate through the world, to detractors concerned about the potential invasion of privacy, not to mention the fact that it might be literally too much in-your-face technology.
But Google Glass may be just one of many initiatives toward wearable clouds for everyone, says a new study commissioned by Rackspace, conducted in collaboration with the Centre for Creative and Social Technology (CAST). The research was based on in-depth profiling of 26 individuals using wearable technology, along with a more general survey of 4,000 US and UK adults.
Along with cloud-enabled headgear, wearable technology may also include fitness monitors, smart watches and wearable cameras (examples listed at the bottom of this page). The study’s authors, Drs. Chris Brauer and Jennifer Barth, both with CAST, report key findings from the research:
Sooraj Shah reports that wearable technology such as Google Glass, Nike+ FuelBand and the reported Apple iWatch will not only enhance consumers’ lives, but will also provide a new source of commercially exploitable data.
In an interview with Computing, Rackspace CTO John Engates explained that wearable technology would need to be supported by cloud-based services and big data analytics.
“The product is only as good as the data it produces. The novelty factor will wear off [for consumers], so businesses will have to focus on how useful the product is for them,” he said.