Are we ready for Wearable Technology?

Are we ready for Wearable Technology?




We’ve been so engrossed with smartphones, tablets and several other consumer technologies. In fact, some of current tech seems to be overkill already – such as 1080p displays on a 5-inchsmartphone and multi-core CPUs in which platforms aren’t even fully optimized for yet. As time goes, manufacturers look to other elements to perfect and now they’re looking a good look at wearable tech; are we ready?

are we ready

Personally, I do want manufacturers to perfect the smartphone before they look elsewhere. I might have even said that next year could be the year of smartphone cameras as I really like the idea of HTC’s UltraPixel, Nokia’s PureView and Sony’s Exmor RS — they focus on quality/technology over just plain megapixel count (Google’s next Nexus phone is rumored to have a great camera as well).

Moreover, we feel like these companies are looking at something more as each one are confirming that they’re working on something else other than a smartphone or a tablet — specifically a smartwatch.


 

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Samsung has already confirmed that they are working on a smartwatch, while companies such as LG, Apple and Google were reported to be working on one too. This isn’t the first time someone’s making an intelligent wristwatch, as gadgets like the Motorola MotoACTV and the Sony Smartwatch are already available for purchase now. Why the excitement then?

A recent report from analysts say that the time is ripe for smartwatches. If we make that a given, we still can’t deny the fact that companies aren’t only working on smartwatches – but also on other gadgets that you wear. Google already has Glasses for next year, and just recently, they just showcased a talking shoe. Over at the gaming zone, Oculus VR already has the Rift – a head-mounted virtual reality gaming device which is currently being funded and developed.

But let’s get back to the consumer. Do we really need a watch just to check on our notifications when we can just pull out the phone out of our pockets? Or a pair of glasses to take photos when you have a more capable camera lurking in your bag? Above everything else, would it appeal to 3rd-world countries such as the Philippines? Leave your comment and opinion below.



Bob Freking occasionally contributes articles to the website. He is a UST Graduate of Commerce & Business Administration, Major in Marketing Management, and a full-time Sith Lord with three dragons.

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10 Responses

  1. Denmark says:

    I dont think so, mahahablot lang mga yan

  2. Ric says:

    Isn’t the classic wristwatch already wearable technology? It may not be digital or touchscreen or “smart” but it is still considered technology, and a wearable one at that, right?

    Another example, aren’t earphones wearable technology as well?

    So I guess the title is a bit vague or misleading.

  3. rhk111 says:

    It will take time for this to go mainstream, probably no less than half a decade. But it is likely to be inevitable …

  4. rusty says:

    Sir Yuga why won’t you just take the writer above out of your team? Every time he published an article, there is always a negative comment… Just noticed it…

  5. not to be a troll or anything but.. man please, have someone proofread your articles before they are published. i’ve been holding back for a while now on commenting at your articles but geez, i couldn’t even grasp the idea you were aiming for with the opening paragraph.

    We’ve been so engrossed with smartphones, tablets and several other consumer technologies. In fact, some of current tech seems to be overkill already – such as 1080p displays on a 5-inchsmartphone and multi-core CPUs in which platforms aren’t even fully optimized for yet. As time goes, manufacturers look to other elements to perfect and now they’re looking a good look at wearable tech; are we ready?

    this is what i call “constructive criticism”. you have a good gig going here bob, don’t let it go to waste. people like me really enjoy reading Yugatech articles for tech informations, but this is for casual reading, please don’t make the reader have to look back at each sentence to double check our understanding of what you we’re trying to say.

    • S says:

      props to your for keeping it respectful (except sa geez lool)

      the opening paragraph is supposed to hold the meaning of the article diba? siguro di lang macompress ung idea.

      but anyway, im not ready for this technology wearable thingy. extra spending

  6. Ah wearable tech. Last year we saw Google Glass, then after rumors of an Apple watch, everyone is rumored to be making watches.

    Wearable tech is the logical next step to mobile in my opinion. It takes away steps in accessing or inputing information. You’ll no longer need to pull your phone out of your pocket to read news or emails or send text messages. Even take phone calls! This is fine and follows societies general shift for ultimate convenience (remember the days of having to get off the couch to change the channel or am I showing my age?)

    But are we ready for it?

    One would argue that being “ready” is an entirely subjective thing. Remember the iPad? Journalists at the time called it a large iPod. People scoffed at it. Look at where we are now.

    Will wearable tech catch-on? In my opinion, it already has and will only improve as devices become smaller, more powerful and increasingly ‘attachable’

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