Going to expand on my post from last month – Google Glass is not the only hot thing in the wearable tech space – you can see it blossoming everywhere now – from quantified self stuff like FitBit, Jawbone Up, Nike FuelBand, Basis B1 Fitness band, to generic stuff like Glass – gaming, interfaces, heck, even Samsung is getting into wearable tech with their S-Bands, and S-Scales and S-Heartbeat Monitors (OK I’m sure that they aren’t calling it that – although do you think they’d get sued again if they started spelling them like sBand?)
If you can’t get into Glass for some reason, any of these are poised to take off, big time. Personally, I’m a FitBit guy, have both the FitBit Ultra (Flex on pre-order) and the Aria scale – one of the best things we’ve done to help keep track of and manage our health.
One of the coolest trackers I’ve seen is the Misfit Shine, funded 8x over on Indiegogo – watch the video and check out how it communicates with your smartphone – now that is cool – no plugging in, just lay it on top of the screen and they chatter with each other using electronics and light pulses. Now that’s innovation!
It’s no coincidence that the last 12 months have seen an explosion in human-computer interfaces HCI. Google Glass, Oculus Rift, Myo, Leap Motion, and several others are still in stealth mode and are quickly forming the new class of companies aiming to transform our computing environments. And unlike previous generations, this new group is generating the strong public and developer support, in some cases combined with millions in pre-orders, that are necessary to have a chance at breaking through.We’ve been talking about augmented reality, virtual reality, and wearable computing for quite some time now. When I moved to Boston some 12 years ago, it was largely because of the MIT Media Lab, a hub of innovation that was focused on that crazy mixture of art and technology that they rightly believed would lead to the next stage of computing.