Is Wearable Technology the Future or a Fad? [We Ask You]

It has been predicted that wearable technology will be ubiquitous by the end of 2014. Which seems a little optimistic to us. After all, Google Glass is still only available to a select few with money and connections, and all smartwatches suck. No, they really do.

Still, looking further ahead, wearable technology may have a future…or it may prove to be nothing but a passing fad. What’s your take?

Future Fashion Or Faddy Failure?

We want to know: Is Wearable Technology The Future, Or A Fad? It’s a very simple question with two definite answers. But as always with We Ask You, we’re interested in not only what you think but also why you think the way you do.

Wearable technology, for those unsure of exactly what the term implies, is any piece of clothing or fashion accessory that incorporates technology. Basic examples we have already seen include calculator watches and bluetooth headsets, but things have moved on somewhat in recent years.

Now we have Google Glass and its competitors, a huge range of activity trackers, and smartwatches coming from countless electronics manufacturers. Apple is one of the few not to have jumped on this particular bandwagon, but it’s heavily rumored to be working on a standalone smartwatch already nicknamed the iWatch. Because sticking a lower-case “i” in front of a generic product name is what Apple does.

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These are therefore exciting times in the world of wearable technology, but the jury is still out as to whether this field of consumer electronics is going to be the next big thing or merely an interesting diversion along the road to somewhere else.

We want to know your views on wearable technology, no matter how positive, negative, or middling. Do you think Google Glass will become mainstream? Do you see yourself wearing a smartwatch? Can you imagine a time where technology is built into the very clothes we wear to hide our modesty? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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