Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wearable tech - What's Next?

Sci-fi fans out there will be able to tell you all about trans-humanism, tech implants and cyborgs. These themes are all richly featured in popular science fiction. This is where the implausible ideas from the recesses of author's imaginations take flight on screen and in novels. The newest trends in wearable tech do make one wonder just how closely fiction is to fact lately. Let's have a look at what is on offer these days.

Mobile tech on the Move 

FitBit certainly not a fashion accessory
certainly not a fashion accessory
Just the other day the FitBit was a mind boggling bit of kit. Albeit useful, it was nondescript and certainly not a fashion accessory. FitBit has not only become an everyday item but the company has also taken a progressive leap and joined up with fashion designer Tory Burch to create a range of fitness monitors camouflaging as designer jewelry. This immediately brings to mind mobile phones masquerading as earrings. Could that be the next best thing? We are already not far off with Bluetooth headsets and other Bluetooth products.
When the first wireless Bluetooth headsets arrived on the market it was an instant hit for motorists and mobile phone users on the move. The Amazon wearable technology trading area now offers Bluetooth gloves. Sure it is a gimmick, but it is a fun one and has a dual purpose in keeping you warm while you are chatting away. The newfangled Amazon hub also offers a Bluetooth Beanie and other wearable tech items like the WiFi video camera snow goggles and a selection of Smart Watches.

Smart Fabrics, Also Known as E-textiles

Incorporating electronic and digital technology into clothing has a variety of uses. Pilots and truck driver's fatigue levels can be monitored, as can the heart and respiration rates, temperature and posture of sports people. Governments can keep track of soldiers in battle and parents can keep track of children. Even more futuristically fantastic is the NASA developed memory-storing e-textile. This nano-engineered material hopes to make objects made with it remember useful information. For example a chair would retain the memory of its last occupant and reshape itself when the same person comes into contact with it again. Now this certainly sounds like science fiction and not fact, but restive memory is a patented reality.

The Future is Right Now

Other wearable products include the iSwimBand which prevents children from drowning, Edison's Smart Turtle baby monitoring device and of course Google Glass. According to Wearable Technology Conference director John Weir, experts are predicting that the industry will be worth over $8 billion by 2018. With astounding forecasts and an increasingly exciting product line-up, the 2015 Wearable Tech Show promises to bring more jaw-dropping developments than ever before.