Dick Tracy called for backup using his wristwatch. Maxwell Smart had his shoe phone. XMen’s Cyclops wore a quartz visor that let him fire a focused energy beam from his eyes. And James Bond topped them all with x-ray glasses, radioactive lint, wrist darts, and even a rocket belt. Yes, in Hollywood and Marvel comics, the choices for wearable technology seem to be endless. But thanks to today’s innovators, they’ve finally breached the pages of fiction and are making headway in the real world.
We all know how attached people can be to their smart phones and tablets. But wearable technology — like glasses that respond to voice commands and wristbands that track physical activity – take that to a whole new level. With augmented reality in mind, they are streamlined to fit the human body. They are fashion statements with a cause.
According to a recent study by IT hosting company Rackspace, which surveyed 4,000 adults in the U.S. and United Kingdom, wearable technology not only exists in today’s world — it is actually improving lives. More than half of Americans, for example, said that wearable technology has boosted their self-confidence, 60 percent said it’s helped them feel “more in control of their lives,” and 71 percent said their health and fitness has improved because of its presence in their lives (source: http://goo.gl/ZNdj2p).
With products such as the Nike Fuelband activity tracker, the Fitbit, and Google glasses, wearable technology is not just about looking “cool” or getting a top secret message to Mission Control. It’s about enhancing our everyday lives, making us more informed and productive, and helping us live both better and longer.
How has wearable technology augmented your reality? (Feel free to leave your answer in the comments section below!)
By Eric Vidal – Eric Vidal, Sr. VP, Lead Generation, Broadsuite Media Group