July 31, 2014


To Wear? Or Not to Wear? This is now, a Tech Question

Wearable technology is not new but its evolution in recent years has been remarkable. While fitness trackers have already flooded the stores, it may be a while before Google Glass and some revolutionary smart watches roll out in to the market. Almost every pioneering tech company is working on some form of wearable technology and is attempting to perfect it. In the next two to five years, not only will we have most of the anticipated wearable technology on the streets but there will be some unprecedented and unanticipated developments as well.

While Google is busy perfecting its glass, a concept that has already been well advertised with videos doing the rounds on YouTube and thousands of other sites, Apple is possibly working on what is being tentatively called, the iWatch. Apple has not confirmed it officially but there is a strong buzz in Silicon Valley. Over the last year, investors and venture capitalists have pumped in four hundred and fifty-eight million dollars to fund companies that are developing wearable technology products. From fitness trackers that can monitor heart rate, calories burnt, blood pressure, and even posture during running or walking, to baby monitors that are poised to become very popular among young busy parents, the world of wearable technology is evolving fast.

Earlier this year, Facebook decided to pay a whopping $2 billion to acquire Oculus VR. The firm reportedly has been working on the Oculus Rift gaming headset, which might be the next big thing in PlayStation or Xbox like consoles. OMSignal, a company based in Montreal, has been working on a smart shirt. If smart phones, smart watches and smart glasses are not the end of the line, the smart shirt or ‘biometric smart-wear’ as it is being called, can record your heart rate, the steps you take and the calories you burn throughout the day, in real time. The first round of this biometric smart-wear is already on sale and OMSignal has clearly taken a lead in this domain. This smart wear can also be hooked to Apple iOS devices using the OMSignal app.

From Facebook to Google, and Apple to numerous other known and unknown firms, all are working on wearable technology and fighting for supremacy. It may not be wrong to presume that at some stage, everything we wear and use may have technology embedded in them, offering additional value and educative insights.

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