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2017 is going to be the year of smart wearables


We talked about the price of 4K TVs in a post earlier.
In this post we talk about another trend that is taking place and will create much more buzz than today which is the technology of wearables. The prediction is that in 2017 we will not only see an abundance of smart watches but the application of this technology shifting towards wearable technology.

Wearable technology

2017 will be the year of the wearables.

We know that Google put much time and effort in bringing its google glass but this turned out to have only a niche market and could not reach the mainstream audience. However, I am predicting that 2017 will be the year where rapid progress in smart watches coupled with high cpu power and increased power efficiency will herald a new era in wearable technology.

You will note that smart watches that were costing $300 and upwards a couple of years ago, can now be had for around $100. This implies two things, the market had bottomed out (unlikely) and/or technological barriers to cost has dropped significantly (likely). We all love quoting Moore’s law where he calculated that transistor density doubles every two years in a silicon circuit and he has been right thus far. Many are predicting that his law will be defunct by the year 2020 but I surmise it will be sooner.

Here is my thinking…
The last decade has seen hybrids and miniature technologies that have taken leaps and bounds in their progress. Moore’s law does not quite fit the 4K TV model that we spoke about, this only took several years to take shape. The pace of smartphone development has been equally astonishing and only because of the high demand. Along with these capabilities in technological breakthroughs lies the potential for many types of new products that can open up and fuel new markets. Some of us have heard of IoT (internet of things) which will be pivotal to bringing about greater advances in technology. This is only around the corner and we will likely see leaps and bounds of products unlike anything we have seen before. Virtual reality and augmented reality will find a broader audience due to the higher cpu, lower power consumption at much more affordable prices.

Wearable technologies will be the kickstarter for this new technological revolution and it is only around the corner!



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