Wearable tech comes to Amazon. What's next?

Wearable tech comes to Amazon. What's next?

Have you heard about wearable tech? The trend toward using Internet-connected glasses, watches, and other wearable devices is well underway. Since the beta launch of Google Glass in 2013, and more recently Facebook's acquisition of virtual reality and 3D gaming headset-maker Oculus VR, the notion of making computers more portable and intuitive to human behavior has blurred the lines between science fiction and reality.


The AirWaves face mask, from Frog Design, filters out pollution while measuring air quality in real time and sending the data to others

Health care devices that you clip to your shirt can monitor your blood pressure, posture, and sleep. Cameras, like GoPro, can record your every action-packed move. Brands are working to make their wearable tech more wearable, not only considering what their products can do, but whether they're stylish enough for fashion-forward customers.

Today, Amazon launched a wearable technology hub where consumers can go for all of their "ubiquitous computing" needs. What's great about this section of the site is that it doesn't just aim to sell but to educate with a learning center that features buying guides and a library of online videos.


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The move stands to make wearable tech a lot more accessible. Amazon's buy-in signifies the company recognizes wearable tech as more than a passing fad. It isn't that these products couldn't previously be found, but now that they've been collected and delivered by the world's largest online retailer, even the wearable tech-uninitiated are likely to take notice.

What does the future hold? Solar-powered clothes that can charge up your smartphone for starters, but also face masks that filter pollution and share data about harmful areas with friends.

Dick Tracy's wristwatch radio has nothing on this.




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