What wearable computing is really all about

Wearable computing gadgets aren't toys for lazy geeks or harbingers of a dystopian future. Here's why you're going to love it

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First, they will be heavily embraced by various professions. Police will wear head-mounted cams. Doctors will embrace Google Glass. Industry will put Google Glass on workers who need Internet connectivity while they use both hands.

Second, they will become instantly widespread among the blind, deaf and disabled.

Third, they will be heavily embraced by pro athletes.

And fourth, technology fans, geeks and others will embrace them fully.

Within a year or two, ordinary consumers will be used to seeing wearable devices everywhere. They'll quickly become status symbols and viewed as tools for personal self-improvement and professional advantage.

The age of wearable computing is upon us. It's going to be very cool to have a smartphone-directed symphony of devices all over us that answer our questions, do things for us, keep track of our bodies and give us powerful abilities to be connected without the need to be sitting at a desk and staring at a screen.

No, it's not about buying more gadgets. And it's not about smartphone features for people too lazy to use a smartphone.

Wearable computing is about augmenting your whole life and taking advantage of fast-improving Internet services without being glued to a screen all day.

This article, What wearable computing is really all about, was originally published at Computerworld.com.

Mike Elgan writes about technology and tech culture. Contact and learn more about Mike at http://Google.me/+MikeElgan. You can also see more articles by Mike Elgan on Computerworld.com.

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