Get Ready For Wearable Tech.


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Get Ready For Wearable Tech.

You have a cable management system for your corporate data center servers; I have a cable management system for my car. I have not one, but two battery packs with me – at all times – just in case anything needs recharging. While writing this I have 7 screens pointed at me. I recently used my woodworking skills to create a custom cradle for my iPhone. Are you getting the picture? I’m a gadget geek. And things are about to get worse – I mean better – for both of us.

Wearable computers?!? Yes!

The next few years will be the “Internet of Me“. Devices are being built to connect you to your digital world – and you’ll wear it. Want proof?
Personal Tech

Personal Tech

Personal Technologies

  1. Smart Watches: Recently Pebble announced it will finally ship it’s smart watch. The Pebble will connect with Android and iPhone devices giving wearers easy access to texts, calendar reminders, emails, running stats and their music catalog. Yes, it’s totally fantastic; I got a gray one – it will go with a suit and a t-shirt. Click for a video overview.
  2. Bluetooth headphones: I just ordered an Air-Fi bluetooth headphones that will allow me to control my smartphone from the headset. As a podcast addict who’s continually getting tangled in my own earbud wires, I have high hopes of going wireless. It will also let me quietly watch zombie TV shows while @FairlyOddMother sleeps soundless next to me. *Okay, considering these as a *new* gadget is an admittedly a bit of a stretch, but they are pretty cool.
  3. Health devices: Wearable gadgets like the Nike Fuel and the fitbit FLEX have been on the market for a while and they continue to get easier to use with each iteration of devices. Although health is important to me, I have concerns about this category of gadgets, see below.
  4. Heads Up Display: Soon you won’t have to be an air force pilot to rock a HUD. Google announced Project Glass and Time Magazine recognized the gadget as one of 2012?s most innovative products. This technology will provide an information overlay to your everyday life. Click here for a Google Glasses preview. This product category is among the most revolutionary. I expect the glass movement will take hold but eventually in a different form. perhaps a sticker that you can attach to your eyeglasses or sunglasses yet such a development is likely 5+ years away.


I love gadgets… but do I need another gadget?

Republished with author's permission from original post.

John Refford
Natixis Global Asset Management
John Refford is a Financial Service professional with 17 years experience including 13 years management experience. John writes about Marketing Technology at his personal blog and at his personal twitter account @iamreff. His writings reflect his own opinions and not those of his employer.


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