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I think wearable computing will take off...

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In 2014
  1316 votes / 5%
In 2015
  3058 votes / 12%
In 2016
  3054 votes / 12%
In 2017
  1400 votes / 5%
In 2018
  1037 votes / 4%
In 2019 or later
  4309 votes / 17%
Never
  5779 votes / 23%
I'm a nudist, you insensitive clod!
  4294 votes / 17%
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I think wearable computing will take off...

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  • 2014 (Score:5, Insightful)

    by rmdingler (1955220) on Tuesday January 07, 2014 @07:25PM (#45893427)
    I mean, I pretty much always (and already) wear the phone holster with the computer in it.

    If the compiled knowledge of our time is available as an accessory, I would wear it if it only came in purple boots.

  • er... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by msauve (701917) on Tuesday January 07, 2014 @08:11PM (#45893733)
    Calculator watches are so '80's.
  • Define "wearable" (Score:5, Insightful)

    by erice (13380) on Tuesday January 07, 2014 @08:34PM (#45893877) Homepage

    When I think of wearable, I think of devices imbedded in clothing. Smart watches and smart glasses are just devices held in a slightly different manner.

    For truly wearable computing, the devices needs to be survive in all the same conditions that clothing does and be comfortable enough to wear without a thought. Those are pretty hard problems. Not many devices today would still be functional after going through the washer and the dryer and are much too bulky and/or heavy to wear all the time.

  • Besides... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by multimediavt (965608) on Tuesday January 07, 2014 @09:11PM (#45894047)
    ...I can put a laptop on a cable and wear it like a Flav-a-flav clock now if I want to. There's nothing stopping people from wearing their compute devices now, other than public embarrassment.
  • by Harlequin80 (1671040) on Tuesday January 07, 2014 @10:46PM (#45894571)

    I know this will get me hated but face recognition is THE killer app for me. Combine that with a database / CRM and I am utterly sold.

    I must have the worst memory for names of anyone I have ever met. I can remember your phone number but your name escapes me. And it's not that I have forgotten you, I can remember everything else, just not your god damned name. So if you could give me a contact lens that floated your name above your head. Oh yes please.

    Of course the next step would be to have it link back to a CRM which I could refer to in real time. Has it really been 3 years since I last saw you? No I saw you at that kids birthday party 6 months ago. Oh yeah, that's right!

    Taking it out of personal and moving it into professional, I attend conferences with 1000s of people. Being able to pick someone out of a crowd would be so useful. In that instance it would be incredibly useful to link back to a company database.

    Finally you are out somewhere with others. You split up and agree to meet again somewhere else. Massive sea of people, where the hell are they. Oh they are the one with the big red arrow bouncing up and down above their head!

  • by TWX (665546) on Wednesday January 08, 2014 @12:47AM (#45895183)
    "Wearable" has not meant "embedded in clothing" for as long as I've known, and that's more than a decade. A buddy of mine had one of those Wintel machines that was considered to be wearable, so long as you put up with the battery pack in the fannypack, the computer strapped to one arm with the screen on it, and the input device on the other arm. It was wearable because you didn't hold on to it in order to carry it with you or to use it, not because it was clothing.

    Jewellery is not clothing, and it's considered wearable.

    As to the original question of it becoming popular, I think that it'll come down to inexpensive, practical devices that interface wirelessly with the cell phone in the pocket. The wristwatch or bracelet that notifies of calendar events, or provides navigation feedback, or provides more phone call control than the single button on most headsets, that sort of thing, so one doesn't have to pull the phone out of the pocket for some basic, simple stuff. Right now wearable wrist phone accessories are too complex and too expensive, once that changes then they may well take off.
  • by davidbrit2 (775091) on Wednesday January 08, 2014 @03:07PM (#45900849) Homepage
    I feel your pain. I will wear my current DBC-150 into the ground. As soon as somebody can make a "smart watch" that runs for 3 years on a charge (or at least a solid month), has a scheduler with persistent event preview, doesn't require a paired cell phone to do anything useful, and can easily survive the occasional scrape against a cement wall, I'll take a look. The current breed of smart watches are just a novelty.
  • Re:First! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by noh8rz10 (2716597) on Thursday January 09, 2014 @10:37AM (#45906767)

    Bad news guys, the revolution already happened. I can't leave the house w/o my iphone and my Bluetooth. If that doesn't count then where do you draw the line?

We will have solar energy as soon as the utility companies solve one technical problem -- how to run a sunbeam through a meter.

 



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