Christmas is approaching fast and with it, the unavoidable questions arise: what to buy for whom from where? What's on trend? What's worth investing in? This year, it looks like all people want for Christmas... is a wearable device. Think smartwatches and fitness and health trackers.
One such example of where it is starting to ramp up, is the UK market which is predicted to reach a value of £313.6 million by the end of 2014. Many brands are hoping that the upcoming Christmas period will finally see a breakthrough for wearable technology into the consumer space or certainly soon after as Apple throws its considerable weight behind the market.
App weariness is born, in part, of the sheer volume of applications available across all the devices we use every day. In this saturated market, most people will tend to download the applications they are most familiar with or the ones given the most positive reviews by peers.
Wearable technologies - clothing and accessories incorporating computer and electronic technologies - are increasing in popularity and featured highly on the catwalks this season during recent global fashion shows. And it is likely their popularity will continue to grow further as their presence becomes the new 'norm' in our daily lives, appealing not just to computer geeks and fitness fanatics but everyone.
Wearable Tech means exactly what it says on the tin; technology that you can wear. Be it a wrist band, watch or glasses it consists of some sort of accessory with electronics embedded inside it.
I believe that if children are to enjoy their right to an education they must be taught by teachers who are properly trained and supported. There is a pressing need to consider how best to train teachers - both new teachers and up-skilling the large numbers of currently unqualified and under-qualified teachers through in-service training.
Jonny Ive got it right, the design of the actual hardware is just perfect. The shape. The weight. The curves. All utterly gorgeous. The device really is an absolute pleasure to hold and to use, for better or worse, till death (or dropping accidentally to the ground) do us part.
The pace of technological change and its impact on the travel industry is incredible; travel has never been so easy, accessible, fast or enjoyable. Innovation in the travel industry has always been closely tied with advancements in platform technology and adoption.
Such is the power of Apple that, within 48 hours of not launching it, Google News already cited over 12 million returns for the term "iWatch." The product, of course, is simply Apple Watch (35 million returns on Google News).
Given the years of hype around the idea of their smartwatch, it would have been all too easy for Apple to just stick a sixth-generation iPod Nano on an overpriced wrist strap and be done with it. Instead, the Cupertino-based company has given its Apple Watch a nifty way of gliding through menus, a healthy slew of supported apps and crammed it with more sensors than a North Korean game show.
Low-cost 'feature' smartwatches, supporting only functions baked in by the manufacturer and lacking flashy designs, may be the push needed to help smartwatches go mainstream. Without it, the market might remain limp-wristed for a long time to come.
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Fitness apps are ruining my health. It's bad enough that I'm regularly bombarded with signs on the tube telling my I'm not taking enough of every vitamin ever created. So why on earth would I voluntarily submit to this guilt-ridden abuse via my smartphone as well?
When done right, mobile technology truly transforms lives, particularly those of women... women's economic empowerment is so much more than just increased incomes. It's more meals being cooked, healthcare being paid for, pensions saved and children being sent to school.
Analysts forecast that spending on wearable technology will hit $19 billion by 2018; but for wearable device spend to come close to that figure, app developers will need to be encouraged to create with the same vigour and ingenuity we saw at the beginning of the smartphone revolution.
Apadmi's genius; creating intuitive, seamless apps that effortlessly become the center of users' mobile experience... The future looks incredibly bright for us here at Apadmi.