TED Conversations

Georgina Bradbury

This conversation is closed. Start a new conversation
or join one »

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?

+2
Share:

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • thumb
    Oct 27 2013: Wearable technology can be for more than social interactions and entertainment. Think of all the health related wearable technology we could develop instead! We have heart rate monitors in watches, headbands that collect data on your sleep, insulin pumps, limb prosthetics, etc. I believe our clothing will also adhere to technology. Imagine a sleeve that fits snug around your arm that helps you keep in check your inner body functions? Good bye blood exams. Just look at your underarm and see how your blood pressure is. Maybe check your unfinished grocery list as well. Or a wrist band that knows when our body enters in crisis (we panic, adrenaline kicks in) and it gives us the option to ask for assistance or help. Heck, I remember watching a commercial that sold panic buttons you could wear around you neck; why not your wrist?

    Now that I see this much technology around me, I find all those deranged sci-fi ideas to be not so deranged anymore. I'm starting to sound like a sci-fi novelist. Next thing you know, we will have things implanted in our bodies to augment ourselves... Hold on...

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.