What is Wearable Computing?
You've probably heard of it before, though you may not have realised what it was. You may have also noticed a slow moving shift happening, in which devices are being designed and produced with the intention of being worn by a person in their day to day lives. Wearable Computing is more than just our current iteration of mobile or portable devices, such as phones, tablets or mp3 players. These new devices are intended to be worn by a person - rather than simply carried or used on the go - and (in some cases) are designed to integrate with other internet enabled devices.
Google Glass is a revolutionary new piece of wearable computing which allows its wearer to "[take] pictures, videos, send messages using speech to text, 'hang out' with people or get directions to somewhere". The 'smart-glasses' are voice-activated, with commands started by saying "ok glass". Glass has a number of features, though is surprisingly simple in its design and function.
For more information about Google Glass, try visiting the Glass website.
The creators of Pebble say it's "the first watch built for the 21st century". It is designed to interact with both Apple and Android phones, and prides itself on being "infinitely customizable". The Pebble's display is made of e-paper, which helps give the watch its weeklong battery life. Pebble allows you to receive messages, alerts, control music, etc. without needing to directly interact with the phone.
For more information about Pebble give the Pebble website a go.
Rumours abound about Apple being in the process of developing their own piece of wearable computing - the iWatch. Though there are no firm details, there is plenty of speculation about the features of the mythical device. Some theories suggest it will be like an iPod Nano on a strap, others think it will be akin to the Pebble, but with Apple's usual sophistication.
To learn more about Wearable Computing and to see examples of how these products could be used by and useful to you, check out our Wearable Computing & You page. Alternatively, head on over to our Facebook Page and chat with other Wearable Computing fans.