If wearable tech's going to succeed, it can't feel this disconnected. We need a clear voice in the madness, and it's likely to come from Apple and Google. Read this post by Scott Stein on CES 2014: Wearable Tech.
According to a recent report from the NPD Group, San Francisco-based Fitbit shipped 67 percent of all activity tracking devices in 2013. The company’s devices also accounted for 77 percent of the “full body activity trackers” shipped during the five weeks leading up to Christmas. That’s up from about 60 percent for 2012′s holiday season, according to Fitbit. NPD also estimated that the digital fitness category is now a $330 million market.
ABI Research projects the wearable device sales volumes in 2014 to come from healthcare and sports and activity trackers. While, the commercial launch of several smart glass products, including Google Glass will continue to drive interest in the wearable space, it will not be a significant commercial success in 2014.
“The next twelve months will be a critical period for the acceptance and adoption of wearable devices” -
Intel's new boss touts wearable technology in his first CES keynote. (...)He also showed off Intel Edison, a new Intel Quark-based computer housed in an SD card. It will be available in the middle of 2014.
Olivier Janin's insight:
check out the the Intel “make it wearable” challenge. The grand prize is $500,000, and it will have $1.3 million in prizes altogether.
For much of 2013, I wore the future across my brow, a true Glasshole, peering uncertainly into the post-screen world. But I’m not out here all alone, at least not for long. The future is coming to your face too.
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