The Samsung Developer Conference 2014 was an exciting few days and took place November 11-13, 2014 showcasing Smart devices, Smart homes and Smart people! The future of wearables, and the opportunity to participate and present in the future of Connected Living was all the rage.
It's time to Upscale our Wearables! Tory Burch and Fitbit recently unveiled their collaborative work as the fashion forward company joins with the fitness tech company. The line introduces a large bracelet and a pendant necklace where the Tory Burch Signature design and technology meet!
While healthcare dominates wearable tech, fitness activity bands, smart wearable bands and smart watches are all at different stages in consumer engagement as the leading latest tech trends influences global companies like Apple, Samsung and Google to expand.
Samsung is firing back at their biggest rival, Apple, thanks to their experimental marketing department. Consumers can now use Samsung’s devices during a trial period, and it won’t cost them a penny.
While Samsung does not have any retail stores in the United States, they have opened up a pop-up store in Manhattan called the “Galaxy Studio”, with four more locations opening soon in Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and Santa Clara. At these locations, consumers can try their new products – for free. All customers have to do is put down a $350 (refundable) deposit and they can enjoy and of the participating products for free for 21 days.
Google glasses have sparked controversy with many consumers in some cases, Glass users commonly known as “Glassholes” have been kicked out of restaurants for allegedly taking pictures of unsuspecting citizens and this is just the beginning. Imagine - contact lens cameras sounds like a technology of a James Bond Film, no?
Biosensing Wearables - mobile accessories which allow continuous physiological monitoring and in turn enhance user experience. Of the 90 million predicted wearable devices to be shipped in 2014, it is predicted that 74 million of those will be biosensing. ABI Research projects the wearable device sales volumes in 2014 to come from healthcare and sports and activity trackers. Significant potential to disrupt consumer electronics and the healthcare markets.
Oculus Rift is not only revolutionizing virtual reality headsets, but is also affordable enough for consumers. The company behind the Rift is Oculus VR, a company founded by 21-year-old Palmer Luckey and recently bought by Facebook for $2 billion. The Rift allows users to feel like they are inside of another world - it will follow your movements in real-time and gives you full mobility so you can lean in, look up, and move around at will. It's no surprised that Technology Review named the Rift one of the '10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2014'.
Wearable technologies are being used for crime-fighting now, thanks to two innovative companies, Cuff and First Sign.
Cuff is a jewelry company that allows you to contact a chosen group of people quickly in case of an emergency. All the wearer has to do is push the cuff when they are in danger and if their group has a cuff of their own it will vibrate. If not, then the alert will go directly to their phones, with the alert including your location and health information. Select your group of friends and family right inside your Cuff app.