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Get ready for Google Glass; in search of the CEO of the Year; and lessons in lead­er­ship from Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bel­lamy.

While smart­phones re­main one of the hottest top­ics in busi­ness tech­nol­ogy, they’re about to be over­taken by wear­able de­vices. Smart watches, wear­able sen­sors and minia­ture video cam­eras will soon be as com­mon as tablets and phones.

The lat­est ex­am­ple is Google Glass. Now in limited re­lease, the de­vice com­prises a tiny video screen, a cam­era and a mi­cro­phone en­cased in a pair of eye­glasses. It can dis­play web search re­sults and email mes­sages or take still im­ages and video and trans­mit them via the in­ter­net.

While such fea­tures sound en­tic­ing, they raise sig­nif­i­cant ques­tions in a busi­ness con­text. Should peo­ple be al­lowed to wear such de­vices in meet­ings? What hap­pens around the wa­ter cooler?

Aside from con­fi­den­tial­ity con­cerns, such tech­nol­ogy could also be­come a safety is­sue. What should com­pany pol­icy be on staff driv­ing or op­er­at­ing ma­chin­ery while wear­ing th­ese de­vices? When might check­ing your email or search­ing the in­ter­net cause an ac­ci­dent?

Wear­able tech­nol­ogy is in its in­fancy, but vast R&D bud­gets are be­ing spent by com­pa­nies such as Google, Ap­ple and Samsung to bring it into wide­spread use. Busi­nesses need to think about the poli­cies and guide­lines that will be needed once wear­able tech­nol­ogy goes main­stream.

Ian Grayson

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