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Wearable Technologies Forum Goes Global in 2014, with Conferences in New York City, San Francisco, London, Seoul and Munich
An impressive lineup of experts ready themselves to engage with hundreds of business and technology enthusiasts at Golden Networking‘s Wearable Computing Conference 2014 (http://www.wearable-computing-conference.com), “How Wearable Technologies are Revolutionizing Mobile Wireless Internet, Healthcare and Fashion”, forums to be held throughout 2014 in New York City (January 30), San Francisco (March 18), London (May 29), Seoul (September 25) and Munich (November 20).
The future is here, with the production of a new generation of technologies such as Google Glass, Apple “iWatch” and Samsung Galaxy Gear, among others, 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.
Now we are at an inflexion point in the advancement of the adoption of wearable computing. To expand the market for wearable technologies, it is necessary for developers and manufacturers to lead the world to show how the usage of these technologies can revolutionize every aspect of the human experience.
Golden Networking‘s Wearable Computing Conference 2014, “How Wearable Technologies are Revolutionizing Mobile Wireless Internet, Healthcare and Fashion,” will examine wearable technologies’ functions, application, the competition and possibilities for economic and personal growth.
Wearable Computing Conference 2014 is produced by Golden Networking (http://www.goldennetworking.net), the premier networking community for business and technology executives, entrepreneurs and investors.Panelists, speakers and sponsors are invited to contact Golden Networking by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Dan Graziano reports that researchers at several institutions have created a new technology that will empower future smart contact lenses.
The team developed a “transparent, highly conductive, and stretchy mix of graphene and silver nanowires” that it then attached to an off-the-shelf soft contact lens to give it Google Glass-like features, Technology Review reported.
The lenses were tested on rabbits because of similarities with the human eye and were found to be fully functional. The researchers noted that the rabbits didn’t attempt to rub their eyes nor did they grow bloodshot after five hours of testing.
Kent Bernhard Jr. reports that wearable technology isn’t just Google Glass or the rumored iWatch, and venture capitalists know it.
A report from New York venture capital research firm CB Insights shows VCs have put $570 million into the nascent field, funding firms like Jawbone, GoPro and the Pebble Watch (which started as a successful Kickstarter campaign and later raised money from VCs).
And there are already several different categories of wearable technology that have drawn VC interest. Among them:
Companies like Pebble that offer augmented or personal display technology. Of course, the big player in this space needs no venture money. In fact, Google Ventures is lining up with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Andreessen Horowitz to make investments in developers of apps for Google Glass.
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.
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: