This Tuesday, London is hosting the Wearable Technology Show, an exhibition for the wearable technology industry. The event which is part-sponsored by Microsoft and attended by industry-heavy weights Samsung, Panasonic, Sonic and TomTom, shows the increasing popularity of this new industry. Did you know for example that everyday items such as glasses, clothes and even jewellery can function as a smart device? The technology is developing at an astonishing rate. In this blog, you’ll discover the hottest wearable technology trends in 2016, along with an overview where wearable technology meets translation. In a nutshell, wearable technology is described as mobile devices that can be worn such as Smartwatches, fitness trackers, smart clothing or smart bracelets.
SmartwatchesA smartwatch doesn’t only tell you the time but also tells you your heart beat, connects to the internet, and runs mobile Apps. You can listen to the radio with it, use it as a calculator and you can even pay your bills with it! Some watches can be used as a GPS or as a pilot phones’ operations. By now, the most popular smartwatch in the market in terms of sales is the Apple watch. According to Canalys’ estimation, 12 million Apple watches were sold in 2015, which represents two third of the smartwatch market!
Fitness trackersFitness trackers are electronic bracelets that indicate your physical performance. For example, they can tell you how many steps you walked, for how long and how far you’ve gone. Fitness trackers also record your heart beat, and tell you how many calories you’ve burnt. Some can even give you a health diagnosis. These gadgets are very popular because they motivate people to achieve fitness goals. Some fitness trackers exist as apps but cannot be used without an internet connection.
Smart clothingThe category sounds very futuristic to you but all the products mentioned below are actually already on the market. The PoloTech shirt by Ralph Lauren measures your heart beat, but also your breathing and offers you feedback on your training via your phone or tablet. For instance, if you aren’t performing well and you aren’t in the desired heart rate zone then it will urge you audibly to increase your efforts. Also, there are sensors that track the calories you’ve burnt and your stress level. Another piece of smart clothing is the GO Utility Vest Solar Jacket which is composed of two solar panels on each pocket. It allows you to charge your devices anywhere as long as there is some sun. The solar panels also warm up your jacket!
Smart BraceletThe Cicret Bracelet isn’t commercialised yet but will be soon and promises to be a success. The bracelet projects your phone screen on your arm, you only need to twist your wrist to activate it. With this feature, you can check emails and texts from your forea. The start-up is all-set and ready to enter the market with the bracelet, but lacks in funding are currently putting production on hold.
Why wearable technology needs translation
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