Apple has already transformed two industries: music and computing. Now, as the company reportedly attempts the redefinition of the watch – one of man’s oldest pieces of technology – the next phase of the techno revolution is hoving into clear view: welcome to the age of “wearable tech”, with a gadget available to cater to your every need.
Paul Higgins: This is an interesting debate. I have not worn a watch since my dairy cattle veterinary days when I used to lose them regularly. This is the only time I ahve ever thought about wearing one again because my mobile has served the purpose. However not having to pull my phone out and visibility in daylight for limited functions are somewhat appealing
One point also worth highlighting is that it appears researchers are forecasting mobile data traffic to increase sharply because of more devices online — not users.
By 2017, Cisco is predicting there will be 5.2 billion mobile users — up from 4.3 billion in 2012. But they also predicted that there will be more than 10 billion connected devices (including more than 1.7 billion M2M connections) within four years — up from 7 billion total in 2012.
That means technology sectors — including mobile security, data analytics and storage companies and mobile payment systems — which previously elicited a shrug or a snooze, are suddenly finding millions of dollars of investments coming at them. Here’s a look at some of the more promising sectors.
Sites such as Pickie have already leveraged friends’ Facebook likes to create a catalog of recommended products for consumers. Gathering data on actual purchase, Mine is a Twitter-like social network that shows contacts’ recent purchases rather than tweets. READ MORE…
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