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Are wearable computers the next big thing in tech?

Wearable technology - could it be the future of computing?

There's been a lot of buzz recently about the future of computing, and most people seem to agree - the future lies in wearable technology. As computers have evolved, they've gradually shrank; from the room-filling behemoths of the '60's and 70's, to the far more modest personal computer, to laptops... but in the last few years, we've seen a huge leap in both processing power and miniaturization. This smartphone and tablet revolution has led to ultra-powerful, ultra-convenient computers that can be used on-the-go! But how much more convenient would it be to have computers that you could wear on your body?

Google Glasses

The image above is a pair of Google Glasses. They're currently in beta form, and have been released (at a premium cost of $1500!) to developers and lucky competition winners, courtesy of the Glass Explorer programme. They boast a number of specifications: these include a 3 axis gyroscope, a 3 axis accelerometer, a 3 axis compass, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi compatibility, a 5 Megapixel camera, 16GB of onboard storage (though only 12 is available, due to the Android 4.0.4 operating system), and the obvious 640x360 display, which fits just over the surface of the eye. The glasses are manipulated by either a touchpad, which lies on the side of the glasses; and voice commands, which must be prefixed with the command "OK Glass", or activated by tilting your head upwards.

Though Glass may be in a fairly primitive state right now, and has a very hefty price-tag for what it's capable of, it's an emergent technology which represents the beginning of something very important. But like all emergent technology, there are numerous concerns attached to Google Glass. First and foremost is privacy.

The ability to unobtrusively record video and audio has led to many places banning Glass even prior to a full release. Safety is also a concern, however - West Virginia state representative Gary G. Howell has proposed a ban on "driving and operating a wearable computer with head mounted display". Naturally, this concern is an addendum to the old "texting while driving" issue, and has long been foreseen as a consequence of wearable display technology.

The Smartwatch

Nevertheless, the future of wearable tech looks exciting. Sony, for example, announced their second attempt at a SmartWatch today - somewhat unimaginatively dubbed the Sony SmartWatch 2. The concept of a smartwatch is a good example of wearable technology augmenting existing tech; a smartwatch is a combination watch/PDA, which syncs up with your smartphone and makes it easier for you to access and utilize many of its features.

With a smartwatch equipped, you're able to check notifications such as texts without removing your phone from your pocket - and even utilize some basic apps, such as a compass or weather forecast! The Sony SmartWatch 2 is an especially promising example. It follows the design cues of the flagship Sony Xperia Z, with the same sleek black frame and trademark large, round power button; this branding leads to instant recognisability. But even more important than its design, the Sony SmartWatch 2 is just as rugged as the Xperia Z, with a waterproof body that makes it perfect for the outdoorsy user!

What Does the Future Hold?

Though Google Glasses and the Sony SmartWatch 2 represent very different approaches to wearable computing - with one an expensive, stand-alone gadget, and the other a cheaper companion to an existing technology - they both showcase the many different possibilities of wearable tech. As processing power increases, components get smaller and batteries become more efficient, wearable tech will become more and more cost effective... and if the evolution of computers has taught us anything, it's that small and nippy is always better than big and hulking!

Hopefully, we'll able to see exactly what these ultra-portable computers are capable of in the near future - we personally can't wait to see exactly where the exciting new field of smart clothes and wearable technology takes us in the future!

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Wearable technology - could it be the future of computing?

There's been a lot of buzz recently about the future of computing, and most people seem to agree - the future lies in wearable technology. As computers have evolved, they've gradually shrank; from the room-filling behemoths of the '60's and 70's, to the


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