Technology is already a part of your everyday life, and soon, it may become a part of your everyday wardrobe, as developers recently showed off new devices at the Wearable Technology Expo. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
Fitness devices that track our steps and our sleep are warming us up to the idea of a world where more and more, we wear our technology. And if the recent Wearable Technology Expo is any indication, it's a trend that's about to get really huge really soon.
"The entry of Google and potentially Apple into this market only fuel the interest that much more, meaning a slew of new products are coming out, making consumers that much more excited," says Rich Tehrani of the Wearable Tech Expo.
But before you jump in with a totally new device, manufacturers like Plantronics, who have been making Bluetooth headsets for years, one of the original wearable technologies, are next working on giving more capabilities to those headsets you're already comfortable using.
"We can track head orientation in three-dimensional space," says Cary Bran of Plantronics. "So applications for that could be gaming. You could have some very interesting gaming experiences where you've got yet another control plane, so maybe you can shoot zombies a little bit quicker.
There's also a demo where Google maps street view orients itself based on where you're looking. But when it comes to wearable tech based on where you're looking, technology designed for your face may have gotten notice thanks to Google Glass but they're hardly the only ones working on it. Vuzix makes headsets that tend to focus more on virtual reality and gaming.
Motorola Solutions is also among those who think this wearable computer thing has a future. Its HC-1 Headset Computer is aimed at helping repairmen or women to, among other things, repair products they may not know how to by doing it virtually alongside someone who does.
"It enables someone with even a lesser skillset to attack a problem right away so you can get this machinery back up and working again, and prevent someone have to get on a plane and travel," says Brian McHale of Motorola Solutions.
While some wearables are getting more obvious, others camouflage with your clothing, and a few are even becoming part of your clothing thanks to high-tech fabrics.