Wearable Tech- 9/5/14

You can wear them on your wrist, on your neck, and even on your face. They can help you check your e-mail, check your pulse, and check directions. They’re wearable technology, and they’re gaining in popularity. But are they the next big thing or just a passing trend?
“Wearable tech is still very new, but we really think it’s going to take off. A lot of big companies are jumping in the game like Samsung, LG, Motorola, and maybe even Apple.”
Smart watches are one of the fastest growing categories. Users can get e-mail, text, and phone call notifications all on their wrist, without having to pull out their cell phone.
“It allows me to at a glance tell if something is important enough to stop and take care of now or forget until later, or not pay attention to at all.”
Consumer Reports is developing tests for wearable devices, including smart watches and activity trackers that count steps and track and log calories. So far, the highest-rated tracker is the
100-dollar Fitbit One.
It’s very accurate and allows users see their progress in real time, without connecting to a computer.
Wearable tech continues to evolve.
Carol Mangis,
“The first devices we saw were kind of clunky, but that’s changing. For example, this Misfit Shine activity tracker. You can wear it around your neck, your wrist, or even your ankle.”
Popular fashion designers are starting to get in the mix, including Tory Burch, who now makes accessories to hold a Fitbit.

And Diane von Furstenberg has designed frames for Google Glass. Consumer Reports has been checking out this wearable, which is still in beta testing, and says it is certainly an innovative product …
Elias Arias,
“OK, Glass.”
… but starting at 15-hundred dollars, more of a novelty than a must have.
Elias Arias, “Record a video.”
Consumer Reports says we should expect to see a lot more wearable tech in the run up to the holidays.
Already in the works: high-tech socks that track your steps, speed, and running technique.
And a ring that can make a phone call or change TV channels with the wave of a hand.


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