The wearable gadgets are here to improve our everyday life, facilitating communication and making it possible to read or answer emails from your phone from you glasses or watch. You can take photos from your watch when paired with your tablet or smartphone. Making it easier to take “selfies” or group photos without leaving one person out of the photo. With Google Glass it is even possible to take photos just by winking one eye.
The problem with the wearable technology is the “wearability” of the products, the technology has been the no. 1 priority rather than design and usability. However now that the technical parts more or less has been set, the design and usability is of more importance. This can be seen on the recent release of the new Google Glass with frames or on the beautiful Pebble Steel Smartwatch.
The electronics companies have also engaged in the ongoing fitness and health trend, creating fitness bands which log the wearers type of activity, distance and calorie burn. Some bands do even keep track of your heart rate and your sleeping habits.
Sony is this spring releasing the Smartband which besides all the features listed above is waterproof, can log your entire phone actions and as well as track your mood. The mood tracking algorithm is quite unclear but will hopefully be explained at the MWC conference in Barcelona, late February.
LG is soon to release Heart Rate Earphones, which are set to the first half of 2014. The Heart Rate Earphones uses sensor technology to measure blood flow in the outer ear. The earphone are design for physical activity and do also calculate the wearer’s oxygen consumption.