Technology 2013: Year In Review

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Technology

The Google Glass: During the summer, technology consumers were introduced to the Google Glass; a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display (OHMD). It is basically a hands free smartphone for your eyes.

Besides looking like one of the most awkward wearable devices, it touts that you could check the weather, take pictures, record audio and video, update your status, search locations, and basically do everything a smartphone could do. But in order for it to work you have to have a smartphone.

There is also a Glass Explorer Program, designed for exploring the use of the glasses; the glasses cost however $1,500.00. Google Glass is expected to be in stores by 2014, but some are hoping with a price point of $300 and not $1,500.

The Phone Watch: No, this is not a new Star Trek film, this is the real McCoy. A phone watch and not a phony watch. Much like the Google Glass, you need a smartphone for the watch to work. It is also known as the “Smart Watch.” It has been rumored that even Apple plans to introduce their version of a “smart watch.”

However, some technology magazine reviewers and experts have stated that the smart watch is either not ready for prime time, or that Samsung simply cannot compete with Apple, Android or Google. The Samsung smart watch still has to work out it’s technical difficulties such as, Bluetooth compatibility, and that it needs to work with other smartphone brands besides Samsung only devices.

Is the Samsung smart watch worth it? Only time will tell.

The invisible helmet: The bicycle helmet did arrive in 2012, but people this year just discovered what it was. The helmet got national attention as a feature story on the Today Show on NBC.

The invisible helmet was in development since 2005.

The invisible helmet was designed by two female Swedish Master’s degree students, Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin. The invisible helmet, also known as the “Hovding Airbag for Cyclists,” looks like a cross between a cowl scarf and the neck of a rain jacket, very simple, sleek, and user friendly. The results, shocked Haupt’s and Alstin’s Master’s professor as it did those watching the YouTube videos of its power and protection.

Worn like a cowl scarf, while riding your bicycle, if a side impact occurs from a crash, the airbag deploys covering the entire head just like a helmet. The materials protects the head and neck.

The invisible helmet is not currently available in the U.S., only via order from Sweden, Turkey, Germany and Denmark. The  current retail price is almost $600 USD. A bicycle helmet that will save your life sounds like a no brainer.

(Sources: businessinsider.com; The New York Times; Bloombergnews.com; http://www.hovding.com; Google.com; Wikipedia.com)

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