As I stare into my Christmas crystal ball and look ahead to 2014, what do I think will be the big developments in technology?
Well, I think we’re going to hear a lot more in the field of so called “wearable technologies”. I have been following the trend closely in 2013, with the launch of the Pebble watch, Jawbone Up and FitBit Flex.
Wearable devices (wearables) are essentially miniature electronic devices that are worn with, or on top of clothing. I have personally been wearing the Jawbone Up and love the way it captures my steps per day but also my sleep patterns.
To date, wearables have been mainly watches and fitness tracking devices. In 2014, this new emerging category will likely evolve to other types of wearables. I think this new category is set to become much more prevalent in our daily lives.
Being myself in 2013
When it comes to what technology has really helped me “be myself” in 2013, then I’d have to say it’s my wireless hotspot.
I spend a lot of time travelling, whether I am commuting to and from work, or travelling around San Francisco. My wireless hotspot allows me to “Be Connected” no matter where I am.
I rely on my hotspot daily and the 4G LTE speeds allow me to connect quickly to the Internet. When I’m not connecting with my laptop, I can connect my iPad, so I can read online newspapers and blog sites. Wireless Hotspot technology has revolutionized the way I get online and access my data from the cloud.
As for what technology I am hoping to find in my Christmas stocking then I am really interested in wearable technologies and especially Google Glass.
Glass isn’t available just yet to the wider public, but it is available to developers who are looking to write apps (Glassware) for this new platform. Google Glass is a wearable computer with a head-mounted, optical display and displays information in a smartphone like hands free environment.
The device can connect to the Internet and also respond to voice commands!
I love the idea of being able to request information from the Internet using voice.
Today, I use my smartphone to make calls and browse the web. But with Google Glass, I can be completely hands free, allowing me to work on other tasks. Google will likely release this product in 2014, but I’m hoping Santa can bring me the developer prototype version to test on Christmas Day!