Wearable technology is set to get a lot of attention in 2014 with smartwatches, fancy wristbands and computers built into spectacles emerging on the market. Its all about finding ways of putting the technology we use on a daily basis into the things we wear.
In 2013, Google Glass, a wearable Android-powered computer built into spectacle frames was issued to an invitation-only group of individuals (known as Explorers') as a beta-level product. In 2014, its expected that a consumer version may launch. Google Glass features a miniature display with the ability to record, take pictures, retrieve information and translate, among other things, while on the go.
A slightly more understated wearable technology is Pebble Steel - the second generation smartwatch from Pebble, designed to connect with your Android or iOS smartphone via Bluetooth. Apart from the obvious - allowing you to tell the time, Pebble Steel notifies you of calls, emails and texts, enables you to control your music and camera remotely, whilst keeping tabs on your fitness regime. With thousands of apps to discover, Pebble owners can customise their smartwatch to suit their lifestyle.
Along with smartwatches, wristbands are becoming more prevalent on the market. In April this year, the Sony SmartBand is expected to arrive on UK shelves. This device connects with your smartphone and relays its findings from your daily activity and sleep patterns to an accompanying app LifeLog. The app allows you to view a visual representation of your day and track your content consumption.
Smart device innovations such as these will see consumers move away from static devices and become increasingly mobile. This influx of technology will no doubt revolutionise the way that companies connect with customers.