The year 2013 was a defining time frame for a number of smartphone manufacturers, in terms of accelerated sales and newer technology. Smartphone sales have exceeded feature phone sales worldwide, paving the way for wearable devices that assists users in making better use of their smartphones. Smart watches and smart glasses have been the highlight in the wearable computing arena, receiving a decent response from their users. Will 2014 be the year for wearable computing? Read on.
Wearable Computing in The News
Wearable computing devices have made their way to the forefront in recent times. During ‘The Summit’ in Dublin, in the latter part of 2013, it was quite clear that the upcoming hardware innovation would surface in the form of wearable technology. The fact that companies such as Google, Samsung, and Sony are investing their time and money into manufacturing these devices clearly shows that wearable devices have a promising future. According to a statement released by Citigroup, the global smart watch industry generated a whopping 60 billion dollars of sales in the year 2013. Several researches estimate that the smart watch industry is expected to generate billions more in revenue for manufacturing companies in 2014. Shawn DuBravac, who serves as the Chief Economist of the Consumer Electronics Association, states that the global smart watch market would grow to 1.5 million shipments through the course of 2014. Research firm, Strategy Analytics, believes that the global wearable device market would have 125 million devices sold by 2017.
In recent times, the focus has been on smart watches, but with time, wearable computing is going to make its way around your waist. Wearable technology would also be available as tiny sensors that would fit in your pocket as well as in the form of connected trainers. As of July 2013, there were a number of companies that were focused on developing smart watches, including Google, Microsoft, Toshiba, BlackBerry, Acer, Apple, and Qualcomm. However, a few notable names were missing from the list, such as Lenovo, Nokia, HTC, and HP. These smart watches would hopefully be released in the year 2014. What The Year 2014 Holds For Wearable Technology The year 2014 would definitely be a year for the smart watch. Prior to the Consumer Electronics Show 2014, ZTE made it clear that they would launch a smart watch. S. T. Liew of Acer said in an interview with Pocket-Lint, a British gadget website, that every consumer company should focus their attention towards wearable technology. He goes on to state that wearable devices aren’t new, it’s just that they haven’t exploded the way they should have. Liew noted that wearable technology is an opportunity to generate billions of dollars. Sony has decided to launch a wearable gadget that would do much more than keep account of your physical activity. At the CES press conference, the firm revealed its data tracking device, the Core, which works in conjunction with the LifeLog application, enabling you to keep track of your life in more than a dozen ways. This basically means that you can connect your Core device, which is a tiny, waterproof dongle, to the LifeLog Android app, which can be used to keep track of your entertainment activities, major life moments, the weather, your social life, and sleep patterns, to mention few. While the firm didn’t reveal the pricing or the exact release date, it did mention that the device would be available this spring. Google Glass has been the focus of the eye-wear smart devices. Intel has been one of the highlights in the recent past, as it wants to prove that it’s no longer restricted to just PCs. The firm has tried its best to keep pace with the current trends in the world of technology. Brian Krzanich, Chief Executive of Intel, revealed the firm’s long line of wearable technology devices during the Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas. One of these wearable devices includes a headset called Jarvis, which is capable of integrating a personal assistant application on a smartphone, without even touching it. The firm also displayed its set of ear buds that come with biometric features, running on the power supplied by the phone’s headphone jack. The firm also displayed a smart watch that comes with geo-fencing capability, which means that the device can monitor an individual wearing it from a distance. So, if an individual crosses the geo-fence due to an emergency, the smart watch would then send out an alert. However, several consumers may have concerns associated with privacy. Nokia, which has only been involved in manufacturing mobile phones, is set to enter the wearable tech arena. Nokia works on wearable devices instead of Android smartphones, a report reveals. Smart watches and other wearable tech devices will indeed grow popular through the course of 2014, as tech giants such as Microsoft, Google, Samsung, and Apple, aim at launching a new range of wearable devices in the market. While the growth opportunity offered by wearable devices is tremendous, these firms should aim at making their devices more user-friendly, by including features such as voice and artificial intelligence. Due to the growth opportunity, even Nokia works on wearable devices instead of Android smartphone, a report reveals.