Over the past few month wearable technology is getting more public awareness and sparking conversations. Wearables aren't a new concept for technology but with the recent release of Google Glass the potential of these types of devices are being considered. Some are used in conjunction with smartphones and laptops but others may have what it takes to replace them altogether. Wearable technology has the most potential to benefit in situations wear the use of cellphones and laptops are prohibited and to track information.
The adoption of technology has come with controversy, particularly with Google Glass because the camera function can impede on public privacy. It's clear wearable tech still has some bugs to work out but more and more devices are making there way onto the market. Websites such as Facebook and other social media outlets, private information is easily accessible to the public without carefully monitoring privacy settings. As a society, we value privacy but lead very public lives over social media. The question is where do we draw the line?
Wearable technology is just now making its way into the mainstream population and the market for it is still in its infancy. The next year or two will determine whether or not devices are adopted as household items. The future is looking for and more like an episode of The Jetsons.
7 GolfSense Glove: $130
6 Logbar Ring: $145
5 Instabeat: $149
4 LG Lifeband Touch: $179
3 Basis Band: $200
2 Skully Helmet: $1,000
1 Google Glass: $1,500
Google Glass is currently the most well-known and talked about piece of wearable tech. The device is a very futuristic looking pair of glasses, with a camera and screen covering one eye. Google Glass has only been made available with limited edition, and can be acquired for $1,500 with their Google Glass Explorer program. Each Explorer is allowed to give out three invitations for others to obtain the technology, and its not yet available in Canada. Google Glass has a camera that can capture point-of-view pictures and videos. There are apps for Google Glass that include facial recognition technology that have brought even more controversy about privacy issues. The apps weren't developed by Google and users have the opportunity to opt out.
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