No, I’m not quoting some R. Kelly song. But 2014 is hyped up to be the year of wearable technology. And in Las Vegas, there is a conference coming up called Consumer Electronics Show to promote and celebrate that.
Before you ask, Google Glass is expected to be a part of the lineup. In fact, just about every company peddling smart eyewear, smart wrist wear and activity trackers will probably show up. They’re going to have a whole section called Wrist Revolution to celebrate smart wrist wear alone. Fitbit will be representing. They’ll show consumers how they can keep up with heart rates and burned calories with the magic of wearable technology. Then there’s Voyce. That’s an electronic dog collar that allegedly monitors and shows insight to Fido’s behavior.
Experts say that by 2018, wearable technology will increase twelve times over. By 2018, it’s expected to be a near $20 billion a year business. I’ll believe it when I see it. I’m still weary about privacy issues, especially wear smart glasses. I know I’m not the only one with these concerns. Then there are the companies that are dragging their feet with their next product. And the fact that right now, products like Google Glass cost $1,500 a pop, and you have to jump through hoops to get them. Will a conference like this get people enthusiastic about wearable technology? Or will it be a total bust?