The time has come. Wearable technology is here. Google Glass is finally available to the public, in the US anyway. After months and months of watching ‘explorers’ getting into trouble in casinos, in their cars, and even movie theaters, it’s finally our turn. That’s if you can part with the $1,500 price tag.
But it perhaps mean much more than a $1,500 gadget, it could be the moment that will turn technology on its head, and, well, put technology on yours, and millions of others across the globe.
Wearable technology has been hot on the press for months and months with every possible accessory being touted as the next intelligent product that will transform our lives. The iBelt, the sensational product that fastens itself, whilst also telling you the weather. The iSocks, the revolutionary new pair that not only detect your walking speed but also eliminate any bad odors from creeping out in the house.
Ok, so not quite. But wearable technology is undoubtedly being touted as the next big thing. But actually, is it?
There is no argument that they’re currently on trend, the general release of Google Glass sold out during an initial 24 hour sale, whilst the excitement surrounding the Glass has been as big as a release of the latest iPhone.
The Glass does come as an exciting new opportunity for consumers, giving us extra knowledge by simply asking for it. The chance to have a virtual caddy on the golf course, a sous chef with an endless supply of recipes in the kitchen, or even a top-class poker coach when you’re on the virtual felts at EuroPalace.com, would ultimately change our lives, but will it catch on?
The smartphone did. Many were against the smartphone upon its original emergence. The iPhone was doomed to fail according to some critics, yet one in five people across the world now own a smartphone, whilst tablets are also heading in a similar direction.
And it’s likely Apple will be looking to take over the world again, but with a different kind of wearable – the iWatch.
Rumors have been circulating for over a year now regarding the timekeeping smart device, with 2014 being the likely year of an iOS wristwatch.
Smartwatches have already entered the mainstream with Samsung and Pebble already hitting the shelves, but it’s unlikely we’ll see the same take-off has with have with mobile phones. Whilst cameras, pedometers, and fitness trainers, are useful tools, most apps have to be synced up to a smartphone, making them relatively useless anyway.
Which is wear the Glass differs. Working independently, you can call and video call, meaning it is a worthwhile replacement, or certainly alternative to a mobile, whilst its usefulness elsewhere certainly shows there is a gap in the market for wearable technology.
But where you can wear it, and what it offers is almost certainly key. The smartphone has come a long way since its inception, it’s become part of our make-up, our whole lives organized by it. Google Glass could essentially do that, today’s smartwatches haven’t yet. Whether that will change in the future, along with any other wearables, well I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
What are your thoughts on the future of wearable technology?