With 2014 now upon us everyone is looking with anticipation to what new technologies will hit the markets and how these gadgets will ultimately impact our lives. 2013 was a year in which we saw the maturation of smartphones, the introduction of consumer smartwatches and the teasing of smart glasses. 2014 will be a little more of the same, but a lot of new as well.
This year we will see further slight refinement of smartphone devices, with more of the same reduction in weight, increased screen qualities and faster processors. 64 bit phones will become the new standard, and we will finally see how developers start to apply the technology.
Smartwatches will evolve at a faster pace than smartphones themselves, being a newer technology; the gap between market release and technological end cycle evolution is still big. Functions, aesthetics and uses of smartwatches will definitely be one technology to keep a close eye on in 2014.
Smart glasses, the newest in the wearable technology market, and perhaps the most controversial of 2013 will also make leaps in usefulness and user adoption in 2014. Issues that caused problems in 2013 will have to be addressed, such as privacy concerns and driver safety.
Standard laws and regulations will have to be formalized and enforced to guarantee pictures of people aren’t taken and distributed without their knowledge. Governments will have to figure out how to enforce laws to keep drivers from using augmented reality eyewear while behind the wheel of automobiles. Tough policies, such as those taken periodically regarding seatbelt checks may be required to deter distracted driving.
Contrary to many tech reporters, 2014 probably won’t be the “year of smart glasses”, because mass consumers have yet to feel a need for the tech, or have yet to be marketed a desire to own such devices. 2014 will most likely see an increased in the specialization of smart glasses, as we’ve seen adoption amongst surgeons, nurses, construction workers, racing enthusiasts, designers and gamers all make use of the unique capabilities smart glasses provide.
Only once enough niche specializations have been correctly identified and targeted by smart glass manufacturers will we see widespread adoption of the technology. For example, when smart glasses become useful aids to popular sports, hobbies and art forms then we will see a wider acceptance of the technology.
Smart glasses will make large strides in 2014 but the year of the smart glasses remains still a ways off, while transitional technologies fill the gap between the computer and the smartphone and wearable technology.
This report was composed by the editors of SmartglassesHQ, a leading online research and news group focused on the evolution of smart glasses technology.