Word of the Week: Wearable tech
The next big consumer technology trend is wearable tech—clothes and accessories that contain advanced electronic capabilities like that of computers, smartphones and tablets. The use of these devices range from functional smart watches that measure distance and speed to futuristic gadgets like Google Glass that let you experience life and the internet, simultaneously. Major tech firms like Apple, Samsung and Google are all working to transform the current wearable tech market from one of luxury to one of necessity, by branching into the field of health IT. Wearable tech has the potential to transform medical research by providing a vast database that continually updates information to help researchers correlate trends and identify illnesses earlier. According to Reuters, a major goal of these tech companies is to create a device that could non-invasively and continually monitor the blood sugar of the 29 million diabetes sufferers in the United States. Outside of the health IT sector, the interest in wearable tech is also growing, evident by the 1.2 million smart watches purchased in 2013. Whether it’s sending a text message from your watch, tracking your calorie intake or measuring your blood sugar levels, the next big technological innovation may also become your new favorite fashion accessory.