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December 09, 2013

Wearably Brings RSS to Wearable Technology

Google may have decided it is done with RSS, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the world is too. In fact, a new service called Wearably, the product of a three-person team called Silica Labs, has made it easier than ever for people to access their RSS feeds not from mobile devices, but from wearable devices — including Google Glass.

It’s actually kind of a funny situation. Google’s decision to retire Google Reader, its well-loved RSS reader, along with its Chrome RSS extension earlier this year suggests that the company views RSS as a thing of the past. Meanwhile, Google Glass, which is still in the testing and prototype phase, is very clearly the Google tech of the future and now the two can share a harmonious relationship without Google’s help.

According to Mashable, Wearably helps publishers display their content on wearable devices such as Google Glass, as well as smart watches like the Samsung Galaxy Gear.

Three major content producers — Atlantic Media, National Geographic and NPR — already use the service which probably has to do with the fact that it helps them save money. As Silica Labs’ Marvin Ammori put it, companies are interested in Wearably because it helps them keep up with the ever-changing digital content space, while avoiding unpredictable costs that may pop up in the future.

Wearably takes the important elements of an article and creates an interactive card designed for viewing on wearable devices, greatly streamlining the process of displaying content meant for mobile devices and PCs on a less able wearable device. The process for users is equally simple as they need only install the Wearably app and subscribe to their favorite content outlets. The app even lets users control the flow of content by organizing their feeds into morning and evening editions.

For more news in the rapidly growing wearable technology space straight from the source — that is, companies producing wearable technology today — check out this week’s Wearable Tech Expo. The Wearable Tech Expo is being held December 10-11, 2013 in Los Angeles/Universal City, California. 

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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