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What is the future of wearable technology?

Wearable technology is an undeniable trend and many brands such as Nike, Apple, Samsung and Google are all bringing out products to satisfy consumers growing awareness and demand for new products.

A lot recently has been publicised about smartwatches in particular due to the Samsung Galaxy Gear watch and the new Apple iWatch- does this mean the future of wearable technology is all about wrist based devices? Can wearable technology cross over from being an fashion accessory to being a functioning part of our everyday lives? What do you think will happen in the future of this industry?

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  • Oct 25 2013: My concern about wearable or other type of gadgets is that we outsource too much thinking to them. Computers/robots are great but the more we rely on them the more we get used to not doing the functions they do - storing information, matching data, calculate, translate... To some extent this can be very useful but beyond a certain point I think comfort takes over us and instead of aiding our thought processes having all these services at hand (or on hand, literally) will only make the brain slack...

    Another thing is that I think the need to access the internet, being able to look up information, or communicate 24/7 is just an illusion, an artificially generated hype. Certain business areas may require this constant accessibility, but the majority of business processes, let alone private life, can go on perfectly well without individuals being invisibly tethered to each other all the time.

    As for the future, I like to think that people will reject wearable technology - I think our current gadgets already provide us with an unbearable amount of distraction, imagine what it will be like when even your watch beeps at the most inconvenient times. Also, maybe recent disclosures of certain spying/monitoring agencies will make people think twice if they want to attach a tracking device on their own body voluntarily.

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