2014 Tech Trend: Wearables

Google Glass is expected to be among the "wearable" options that breakthrough in 2014. It's available for purchase in the U.S. April 15th.

Google Glass is expected to be among the "wearable" options that breakthrough in 2014. It's available for purchase in the U.S. April 15th.

From your eyes to your arms, wearable technology is expected to be big in 2014.

Analysts and industry insiders expect smart watches, in particular, to explode. Several manufacturers are already in the race – including Samsung, Pebble and Qualcomm. These makers will likely move to refine offerings this year. From your head to your arms to your toes, 2014 will be all about wearable technology.

“Wearables is a brand new, wide open thing and there’s a lot of room for it to develop and grow,” Jessica Dolcourt, CNET Senior Editor explained.

Apple may also finally join the smart watch scene with a long-rumoured iWatch in 2014.

“I have high hopes that if Apple were to release something — which is not outside the realm of possibility — that it would be a very complete experience and it would also be something very accessible and it would tie in with the Apple ecosystem,” Dolcourt said.

Google Glass is also expected to roll out to the general public in 2014. The wearable eyewear is already being tested by a select few – in fields from medicine to education.

“One of the interesting things about ‘Glass’ whether you love them or hate them… There’s nothing like it out there on the market right now; certainly not from anyone with the clout and name recognition as Google,” Seth Rosenblatt, CNET Senior Writer, noted.

Curves are also in this new year. Consumers can expect to see more curved screens on both televisions and smartphones – similar to the current offerings from LG and Samsung.

The curved designs will offer some ergonomic benefits for consumers. Mostly because they’re more comfortable to hold or put up to your ear.

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