The time of wearable technology has come. Google Glass is the one you hear the most about, but all the major hardware players are rushing products to market that hope to allow you to wear your smartphone, camera, music player, etc. in an unobtrusive way.
Naysayers bemoan the never-ceasing encroachment of technology in our lives, but being “plugged in” is becoming less a fad or fashion and more a necessity. We are becoming more and more aware of the need to fill moments of down-time with something productive, and the amazing ability of smartphones to keep us connected to the virtual world 24/7 is translating into some fantastic devices.
One of the most interesting tech trends we’ve seen is the surge in fitness devices. Jawbone and Fitbit are the current darlings, although Fitbit is experiencing some negative press due to some users experiencing allergic reactions to its metal alloy. There also is some trouble with the device malfunctioning to the point that it must be returned under warranty. However, many athletes and fitness-minded folks swear by it.
The next evolution of both wearable smartphone technology and fitness tech may be achieved using a wearable phone like Samsung’s Galaxy Gear. All of these smart devices are still in their infancy, so it may not do everything you’d like just yet, but Galaxy Gear incorporates a pedometer app in its platform, and if you download another app (like MyFitnessPal), you should be able to access it through Galaxy Gear.
Rather than carry your smartphone in your hand, clip on your music player, and wear your fitness device, why not combine all that tech into one fashionable piece, which also includes a camera, and that (previously considered) lost piece of timekeeping and jewelry, the wristwatch? The evolution of smart tech like the Galaxy Gear has us very excited about what is possible.