Tech where?

Tech where?

Graphic Credit/Diana D’Achille

Robert Smith, Web Editor

Since the dawn of the digital age, the only pieces of tech that have been worn are LCD watches and headphones, while the most precious tech was reserved for pockets and backpacks. Now, gadgets are moving a little closer to home.

Need a new pair of spectacles? Google has consumers covered with their “Project Glass.” Okay, they’re not really glasses. Instead of lenses, there is a single glass block on the right side of the frame that acts as a kind of display. Inside the frame are a tiny computer, microphone, speaker, and a camera.

According to Google, with this device, the wearer can take a picture, video, and search for info all with their voice. The results, including pictures, videos, maps, and info are then displayed on that little glass block in front of the eye. The tech-enthusiast site, The Verge, confirmed with Google that “Glass” is going to hit the market before the end of this year for “under $1,500.” And I thought Oakleys were expensive.

Not to be outdone, word through the grapevine is that Apple is developing a watch-like gadget. In February, two Apple insiders leaked to Bloomberg that Apple has “about 100 product designers working on a wristwatch-like device that may perform some of the tasks now handled by the iPhone and iPad.”

Details are scarce but another anonymous source inside Apple leaked to the New York Times that it will run the iOS software on the iPhone and iPad and be made of a flexible glass that wraps around the wrist.

Similar gadgets are available right now. Crowd-source funded “Pebble” is an LCD watch that can communicate with, and download apps from, an iPhone or Android phone. Nike also has a wrist-worn device called the FuelBand that can measure the wearer’s level of physical activity.

So, is wearable tech the future? In short, yes. The “smart” age is here. There are smartphones and smart TVs, so it’s only natural that other  devices get smart too. Personally, I’m waiting for my smart toaster that texts me when my bagel is done.