First came the GPS-based fitness apps that incorporate gamification and social media. It may sound shallow, but receiving a ton of likes on Facebook for completing 10,000 steps in a day is utterly rewarding. Then came wearables that track your very movement to ensure you have the proper form.
These wearables will also help us determine what is "normal" for an individual. In the case of elderly at-risk people at home, this might be spotting when they haven't got up in the morning, or are getting up too frequently at night, and flagging the discrepancy to a care-giver.
It's estimated that we'll all spend about 26 years of our lives asleep, but did you get enough shut-eye last night? No? It might not seem like a big problem but this behavior has a major impact on our health.
Continuing in the theme of Artificial Intelligence (covered in part 1), Carlo Ratti presented some exciting work from the MIT Senseable Cities Lab. Standouts were a trackable waste project where members of the public brought in 3000 pieces of garbage which were then fitted with GPS sensors and tracked, with alarming results.
For great design you need to do a lot of research, a lot of fleshing out ideas, testing and reiterating, pulling together conflicting needs and breaking complex situations to their essential aspects. These are the same skills you hone in theoretical physics.
I only bought the watch to fill in the tech gap until the Apple watch which I am certain is going to be a game changer, I believe it will create a market like the ipod did, and the reason I think that is because the Pebble gives you a glimpse of how a wearable device like this could improve day to day without actually delivering entirely.
The crop of wearable smart devices at CES overwhelmingly leant towards controlling the features of your phone and fitness tracking, but are these the only applications?
2014 has been the first full year of my current job. It's been a time of rapid change, not just for me, but for the tech industry as a whole...
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.
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.
Google Glass is an incredible product, it's proof that we have now reached the required level of technological skill to produce a truly wearable smart device. It's powerful, light, easy to use and features some great technological innovations including a bone-conducting microphone/headphone. It's also £1,000. Lets just take a moment to think that through.
The smartphone revolution is complete, but - as ever in human history - there are new horizons to explore. Glass is one of those boundaries. VR is another. Electric vehicles are another. Isn't that, surely, something to celebrate? Let's embrace them, criticise them, refine them. But let's not dismiss them. Let's instead take Google's advice, and try it - and see.
But could anyone really fall in love with a piece of software? It may sound like the stuff of science fiction but, the truth is, much of the technology the film depicts is already with us. And scenarios like this might not be that far off. 'Love' is perhaps a metaphor for the kind of dependency or symbiosis we're heading towards.
For example, Samsung has already produced, and Apple is about to produce, smart watches that can be connected to your phone. And smart glasses like in Sherlock are also on the way. I am not entirely certain why this technology is necessary, but I am sure we are moving closer and closer towards the time when smart phones will have proven themselves obsolete.
Wearable tech is hot on the lips of every attendee at the 2014 CES, which is underway in Las Vegas. But with smartwatches having so far failed to capture our imaginations, manufacturers could have their work cut out to convince us we should be wearing our gadgets, rather than holding them.
Wearable computing has undoubtedly been one of the hottest topics in the tech industry - and increasingly in the mainstream - for the last few months. Ever since Google Glass was announced earlier this year, many of us at F5 have been hankering to get our hands on a pair.