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Wearable Computers: The Next Big Trend in IT?

Computers are everywhere. They perch on our desks. They sit in our pockets as phones. They rest in our hands as tablet devices. Pretty soon, we might even be wearing computers.

According to a report published by Forrester, a global research and advisory firm, wearable computers will enter the market at a large scale within the next year or two. The report was written by personal computer analyst Sarah Rotman Epps, who suggests that the five major technology platforms of Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon will soon be competing to produce a variety of “wearables.”*

Some of the issues that wearables could address include:

  • Navigation
  • Social Networking
  • Health and Fitness
  • Commerce
  • Media

Possible gadgets cited in a blog by the New York Times include a watch that allows you to pay your bill at stores, or glasses that remind you of someone’s name.**

In fact, Google is already working on Project Glass, in which they are testing a pair of glasses that contain a small computer. The glasses have a built-in camera and respond to voice commands to send messages.

What kind of wearable computers would you like to see in the next couple of years? Let us know in the comments below.

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*According to “Wearable Devices: The Next Battleground for the Platform Wars” by Sarah Rotman Epps, April 17, 2012, Sarah Rotman Epps’ Blog at

**According to “Wearable Computers are the Next Big Devices” by NickBilton, 17 April 2012, Bits Blog at The New York Times

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