The Australian - The Deal - - Trends | People | Events - Ian Grayson

While many busi­ness users are thor­oughly en­am­oured with de­vices such as note­books, tablets and smart­phones, their at­ten­tion could soon be shift­ing to a new area: wear­able tech­nol­ogy.

Just as mo­bile gad­gets have un­chained us from the of­fice desk, so an emerg­ing gen­er­a­tion of wear­able de­vices will open up new worlds of free­dom. Ex­am­ples are al­ready ap­pear­ing. There are watches that mon­i­tor your heart­beat, wrist­bands that track the calo­ries you have burned and glasses that can su­per­im­pose im­ages and data on your field of vi­sion.

In a busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment, such tech­nol­ogy will have a mul­ti­tude of ap­pli­ca­tions. Glasses could de­liver a heads- up im­age of a com­puter screen or su­per­im­pose pic­tures of a pro­posed build­ing project over va­cant land. Wrist­mounted de­vices could be used to ex­change contact de­tails with col­leagues or make wire­less pay­ments for goods. By adding voice ac­ti­va­tion to the mix, the need for phys­i­cal keys is re­duced, mak­ing the de­vices smaller and sim­pler to use while on the move.

Tech­nol­ogy heavy­weights such as Google, Ap­ple and Mi­crosoft are watch­ing the wear­able tech­nol­ogy space closely and are expected to have of­fer­ings on the mar­ket within 12 months. Those com­mu­ni­ca­tor and view­ing gad­gets fea­tured in so many sci- fi movies could be closer to re­al­ity than you think.

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