From your head to your arms to your toes, 2014 will be all about wearable technology....
Expect to see the market of smart watches explode. 2014 could finally be the year that Apple “clocks in” with the rumored iWatch. This could truly usher in a new tech era, just as Apple’s launch of the iPod. Sadly for Apple, however, the iPod was their revolutionary invention, even if their iWatch is amazing and brings in a new era, it will never have been totally original.
Another hyped wearable, Google Glass, is expected to become available to the general public. This product is truly unique with nothing remotely similar on the market. This amazing device is a personal assistant, ultra-portable computer, camera and a plethora of other things. This will be the direct (and very strong) competition to any Apple iWatch.
Then there’s the impending release of virtual reality glasses by the company “Meta” which project holographic images. The neat combination of optics and sensors allows Meta and other developers to project almost anything into your view that you can interact with.
The Skully motorcycle helmet with built-in heads up display could have motorcyclists seeing the world in a whole new way. Whilst this sounds dangerous, it’s actually billed as being the opposite - removing the need for users to look around at street signs and for other road users.
Curves are likely to be in this year. Expect to see screens on both TVs and smartphones similar to the current offerings from LG and Samsung. These phones are said to offer the user an improved ergonomic experience - whether in-pocket or in-hand.
Gesture technology could become more mainstream. Indeed Intel has just released a series of cameras aimed at leading growth in this very field. Intel says its RealSense 3D cameras add a depth-sensing component to existing 2D cameras. Calling it "perceptual computing", it combines state of the art gesture recognition with voice and facial recognition with the aim of making devices more natural to use.
Finally, instead of using your fingerprint to unlock a device, you might be able to use, of all things, your heartbeat. This would follow on from the release by Toronto-based company, Bionym, of a wristband called Nymi, which confirms the user’s identity through electrocardiogram (ECG) sensors monitoring their heartbeat - something that is unique to each person. The confirmation can be transmitted from the wristband to any device designed to accept it.
So that’s what’s in store for 2014 tech. Stay tuned to this blog where we will follow these developments, and others, as they happen!