The current rate of innovation is astounding and exciting for all fans of technology. One specific product-type that I’ve become increasingly interested in is wearable computing devices. These products are capable of recording videos, taking pictures, delivering content directly into a screen in front of a consumers face, all while being location-aware and personalized to the user.
If I was a betting man, I would place a big wager on the future of wearable computing devices like Google Glass and similar products. Despite countless critics dismissing it as a niche product for geeks and nerds, I take the opposing stance and believe its future more closely reflects that of mobile phones. I would argue that the value to consumers and society are largely obvious, just yet unrealized by much of the public.
However, there are significant hurdles that could prevent these innovative concepts from becoming part of our every day life. Beyond the technical challenges faced by these innovative manufacturers, I think there are some obvious and non-obvious challenges on the road ahead. The bottom line is that there are certain and very specific things that will need to occur in order for wearable computing devices to become widespread and prevalent.