You’d be hard pressed to find a tech blog that doesn’t post at least once a day about wearable technology. Whether it’s watches, glasses, or necklaces, it’s out there and being improved upon daily. But when will it actually be wearable? As far as I’m concerned, we’re not there yet.
While the concept of wearable tech is no-brainer, it’s the same as getting dressed in the morning. Obviously everyone is different and has personal style preferences, but unless there’s style options for wearable tech or the design is as unobtrusive as possible, it’s simply not going to take off like it should. People are picky. The technology needs to be sound, and the design needs to be perfect.
The New York Times recently published an article on wearable tech taking a fashionable turn, and being treated “less like athletic gear and more like well-chosen accessories.” It’s about time! It’s also no secret that Google Glass didn’t take much care in design when it was first launched. The design was bulky and a little alien looking. It didn’t take long for Google to remedy this, introducing a new, more fashionable line.
But when will wearable tech take us by storm? I’m really looking forward to a smart watch (preferably by Apple) to come out and catch my eye. While I don’t think it’s the best thing in the world to have electronics ON your person 24/7, I do know that it is the future–and design MATTERS. When companies like Samsung, Google, and Nike get it right, I’ll be happy to partake. In the meantime, I’ll keep reading the daily blog posts on wearable tech, waiting for the day it doesn’t look robotic and bulky.