Wearable Tech World Feature Article
May 25, 2013

Wearable Tech World Week in Review

Rumors have been circulating for some time that Apple (News - Alert) is working on a smartwatch. In keeping with Apple terminology, it has come to be known as the iWatch. Bits and pieces have been leaked here and there. The problem is that no one really knows what it will look like, or what it will actually do.

There may be some new information since a report materialized stating that the screen for the device may currently be in testing. It was originally rumored that Apple was working on a two-inch screen. This report says that the screen being tested is a 1.5-inch organic light emitting diode (OLED).

This is one step closer to the rumors being true. The rumors are also that Microsoft, Google, Samsung (News - Alert) and several other companies are also working on their version of a smartwatch. Now that smartwatches from several companies are getting closer to reality, the question of how useful will they be is being raised.

I can understand the convenience of not having to take your smartphone out of your pocket or holster to see who is calling or e-mailing you. One thing that I cannot understand is how I’m going to see the information on such a small screen. I have enough trouble seeing my 4.1-inch, what am I going to do with a 1.5-inch screen?

In addition to the big names such as Apple, Google (News - Alert) and Samsung, there are companies such as Pebble that are also working on smartwatches. What would you say to a smartwatch that may be even smarter?

Enter into the arena Agent. What makes this smartwatch any different from the others? It could be the second processor that it sports. It could be that because of this additional processor that power consumption is down. Or maybe it is the fact that it can be recharged wirelessly.

Electronics company Secret Labs has teamed up with watch maker House of Horology to create Agent. It is a smartwatch with powerful apps and a dual processor design. The cutting edge technology offers unparalleled battery life.

The wearable tech world is truly an area where you can see so many movie items become a reality. We have seen movies where the military personnel have sophisticated video equipment that shows them maps and information on a flip-down eyepiece. Now we have Google Glass and augmented reality glasses from other companies as well.

We saw Ripley use an exoskeleton suit instead of a forklift to move heavy equipment around in Aliens. We know that the military is working on a similar project. It is good to see that something like this is not only being considered for military purposes.

Wearable robots are being developed to aid people who need assistance in walking or performing certain movements. I am happy to say there are several companies working on exoskeletons to help people walk again.

Indego is an exoskeleton device that was recently demonstrated on Michael Gore. He is a man paralyzed from the waist down by a spinal injury. At this time, the unit is still too slow to allow for normal walking and daily activities. This is, however, the type of wearable technology that can provide aid to those who are afflicted and not able to walk.

There are a couple of similar products being tested now. As the technology improves and the wearable pieces become lighter and easier to power, this is the type of advancement that will have incredible benefits toward helping people have more of a normal life.

Not every product in the wearable world if for adults. How many teenage girls keep a diary or journal where they write down their deepest secrets? Honestly, I don’t know, but I would venture that it’s quite a few. It’s not fair to just say teenage girls – boys keep journals too.

Now they can keep their secrets electronically. Dano Toys has a new product called the iHeart Locket. It is a small, gold colored locket on a purple ribbon that has a golden key charm. This locket works with an iPad app.

The app allows the user to create a diary in much the same way you would in a book. Pressing a button on the locket allows the user to hide the contents of the diary by making it invisible. This pretty much guarantees all the privacy that you would want in a diary.

Hmm, a device working with an app to hide information from prying eyes. I wonder where else something like that could be useful!

You can read all of the details to these stories, as well as find out what else is going on in the wearable tech world by going to our site.

I also want to remind you that TMCnet is here to help you understand everything that you need to know about wearable technology. We are a weekend away from starting summer festivities. That means that we are getting closer to the Wearable Tech Conference & Expo 2013 coming in July. Join us at NYU’s Kimmel Center on July 24-25, 2013.







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