Wearable Tech In 2014 – Exciting New Products

Wearable Tech In 2014 – Exciting New Products

Wearable Tech In 2014 – Exciting New Products

Although the focus is definitely on bio feedback & smart watches, 2014 has seen considerable changes in terms of focus, and quality of wearable tech. Three broad categories–notification devices, glasses and trackers–have emerged, and we’ll see slow and steady improvements in each. That is to say, there are but a few wearables ready for the market as of now. But let’s look at what has happened this year so far.

NotifiersMoto360_Leather

Notification devices, such as smartwatches, have become quite the fad this year. The Moto 360 is much anticipated, and Apple is about to release their counterpart in October 2014. The current offering of smart watches on the market doesn’t quite cut it if you’re looking not only for functionality but for style–although the Martian Smartwatch isn’t half bad, and so isn’t the new Pebble Steel. However, the point stands: just as is the case with Glasses, the app ecosystem isn’t quite there yet.

Glasses

With Google Glass becoming available for the general public in May, the wearables market has gotten an altogether new kind of device. It’s still a long way from being perfect as valid complains about, well, a bunch of stuff have been made. The bottom line is that Glass is still a bit rushed in terms of the app ecosystem. Its components cost about five times less than the asking price so it rather seems that Google are waiting for developers to come up with more. Price drops will surely be coming as Glass becomes ready for the average consumer.

The 2014 CES also saw a number of Glass-inspired (not to say Glass-copycat) products, with the focus on providing budget solutions and something unique as well. The Optinvent Ora falls into the first category, showcasing a three times larger overlay screen than Glass, and about to cost just $1500 upon its release in 2015. However, there’s no telling whether Google Glass won’t cost significantly less by then. Further innovations include glasses for the visually impaired, as well as GlassUp, which is basically Google Glass without the camera that can get you kicked out of most everywhere.

Trackers

Fitness trackers are all the rage right now. Even though Jawbone’s UP24 seems to have durability issues, it offers sleep tracking (just like the new FitBit Flex) that’s not found everywhere. Wearables tracking UV exposure and health metrics are also prevalent–such as tattoos monitoring vital biometrics.

The next round of fitness trackers seems to offer something better: Amiigo is on pre-order now and looks quite promising, incorporating different sports tracking into a two-part tracker for the shoes and the wrists. And it moves beyond trackers. We highlighted smartshoes–shoes that track and direct your movement–not long ago, and the concept certainly looks promising.

However, not only the regular consumer can wear something: the City of London has started tracking alcohol-influenced offenders, making them wear an ankle tag that alerts Big Brother when they’re drinking. On a somewhat related note, there’s also a Bluetooth toothbrush that tracks your teeth washing habits.

While we see many scattered ideas and half-usable-half-made-in-jest products, some are inherently useful and will likely be as common as smartphones; let’s just wait when they’re not $1000 apiece.

By Lauris Veips

Lauris Veips

Lauris Veips is a freelance writer, hailing from cold and distant Latvia. A cloud enthusiast and supporter of anything innovative.

Latest posts by Lauris Veips (see all)

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Comics

At CloudTweaks, we're plugged into the cloud, the internet of things and all that the web has to offer. From wearable technology, to mobile computing, cloud computing and big data, CloudTweaks is your source for updates and news on the most innovative technology.

Popular

Top Viral Impact

PaaS And IaaS: Rising Champions Of Cloud Computing

PaaS And IaaS: Rising Champions Of Cloud Computing

PaaS and IaaS: Rising Champions of Cloud Computing In the cloud conversation, Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) appear much less than the famed Software as a Service (SaaS). This is not surprising when you consider that a world already populated with built platforms and infrastructure has but to operate…

IBM and SAP Announce Industry’s Largest Cloud Deal

IBM and SAP Announce Industry’s Largest Cloud Deal

IBM and SAP Announce Industry’s Largest Cloud Deal IBM and SAP have shaken the cloud computing world this afternoon with the announcement of one of the largest cloud deals in the industry’s history – bringing together two of the largest technology companies in a bid to offer a more holistic service to their clients. SAP…

Cloud Infographic – The Internet Of Things In 2020

Cloud Infographic – The Internet Of Things In 2020

The Internet Of Things In 2020 The growing interest in the Internet of Things is amongst us and there is much discussion. Attached is an archived but still relevant infographic by Intel which has produced a memorizing snapshot at how the number of connected devices have exploded since the birth of the Internet and PC.…

The Industries That The Cloud Will Change The Most

The Industries That The Cloud Will Change The Most

The Industries That The Cloud Will Change The Most Cloud computing is rapidly revolutionizing the way we do business. Instead of being a blurry buzzword, it has become a facet of everyday life. Most people may not quite understand how the cloud works, but electricity is quite difficult to fathom as well. Anyway, regardless of…

Cloud Infographic: Cloud Public, Private & Hybrid Differences

Cloud Infographic: Cloud Public, Private & Hybrid Differences

Many people have heard of cloud computing. There is however a tremendous number of people who still cannot differentiate between Public, Private & Hybrid cloud offerings.  Here is an excellent infographic provided by the group at iWeb which goes into greater detail on this subject. Infographic source: iWeb About Latest Posts Lauris VeipsLauris Veips is…

Featured Sponsors

Salesforce Service Cloud: Air Traffic Control For Your Customer

Salesforce Service Cloud: Air Traffic Control For Your Customer

Salesforce Service Cloud One of the greatest benefits of the increasingly reliable and ubiquitous state of cloud technology is the removal of business silos and the consolidation of information flow, both in-house and on the road. This is of particular importance to the many different types of professionals whose work involves customer relationship management (CRM).…

2015 Advertising Opportunities - Find Out More!

Cloud Logo Sponsors

hp Logo CityCloud-PoweredByOpenstack-Blue square_logo_100x100-01
cisco_logo_100x100 vmware citrix100

Established in 2009, CloudTweaks is recognized as one of the leading influencers in cloud computing, big data and internet of things (IoT) information. Our goal is to continue to build our growing information portal, by providing the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more.

Contact

CloudTweaks Media
Phone: 1 (212) 763-0021

Join Our Newsletter