TECH YOU CAN WEAR

Wear­able tech­nol­ogy has started mak­ing in­roads into our lives

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - CONTENTS - By Nandagopal Ra­jan

TECH­NOL­OGY IS BE­COM­ING so much a part of our lives that it will now be a part of our bod­ies too.

Google Glass, the on-your-eye LCD from Google, might be the most vis­i­ble and talked about gadget in this space, but it is def­i­nitely not alone. From watches to shoes, soon there will be a com­puter in al­most all things that go on your body. So much so that even self fit­ting shirts are in the works.

You know it is a big trend when com­pa­nies as big as Google, Ap­ple and Samsung start talk­ing about de­vices that will be worn on our self. In fact, there seems to be a race on be­tween ri­vals Ap­ple and Samsung on who will bring out the first smart­watch, even though we have had smart­watches for a while now.

Many of us ac­tu­ally carry wear­able tech­nol­ogy in our pock­ets in the form of smart­phone apps that mea­sure our mo­ments and tab­u­late the data to tell us what we should be do­ing ex­tra to stay fit, or fin­ish a task on time. When this tech­nol­ogy starts be­ing loaded into a stand­alone de­vice, then it be­comes a "quan­tifi­able-self de­vice". So a lot of th­ese de­vices will have sen­sors that know what your are do­ing and re­lay this data to a smart­phone or PC app. Sim­i­lar tech­nol­ogy is also be­ing loaded in shoes, es­pe­cially those used for train­ing and spe­cific sports like bas­ket­ball.

This is just the be­gin­ning.

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