This evening UK time, the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) kicks off in Vegas, and the good folk at PSFK have published a handy guide to the innovations that are expected to be coming out from the event and where and when to tune in.
If 2014 is arguably hailed as 'the year of wearable tech' then bringing wearable tech to the masses is the obvious next step. Some of the biggest names in tech have been launching wearable technology products for years; even now we see Garmin producing their own fitness band. But now Freescale Semiconductor has launched the WaRP development kit which lets people create and test their own wearable technology: from glasses to smart watches fitness monitors and more besides.
The device, aimed at the 'maker' generation of those who would rather do it themselves is 'like a miniature version of the Raspberry Pi, an uncased Linux-based computer the size of a credit card' as PCWorld Magazine explains. Despite being about five times the price of the Raspberry Pi it has a few more features, however lacking in Zigbee support. In contrast to the Raspberry Pi, the WaRP is designed to create lightweight devices that require little power but wireless connectivity - wearable tech.
Today marks the annual return of the world's biggest consumer gadget trade show, CES, which takes place in Las Vegas. The place where all of the major digital and tech brands go to unveil their future innovations, recent years have shown that a broader and broader set of brands are going to CES to showcase their shiny new inventions. This year our interest has already been piqued by a certain car company and some eyewear manufacturers...
It has been reported in the UK media that wearable tech is going to be one of the big three trends at CES, and Google Glass and other glass-type innovations are catching our attention. In particular:
We're big fans of wearable tech, augmented reality and tech trends, so we'll be tracking further developments this week closely (as well as queuing for these contact lenses of course, so we can monitor the interwebs more closely).