Saturday, December 21, 2013

Wearable Computers: Where is Google Going with Glass and How Will Apple Compete?

Google Glass wearable computer detail
Google Glass wearable computer detail-via Wikimedia, CCA 3.0
Wearable computers are the next step in making computer use convenient for consumers. Many people nowadays want to have access to information while they are on the move. Smart watches and other wearable computers, such as Google Glass, make that possible.

Google Glass has a head mounted optical display. The company hopes to make a global impact with this device. The stylish product’s design should appeal to customers worldwide who want to have access to their data. This computer reminds me of the glasses or VISOR worn by Geordi La Forge on Star Trek, before he got his ocular implants. Will ocular implants be the next step, or next generation products, for industry players like Google and Apple?

Google and Apple often compete with their product offerings. Consumers have benefitted from this healthy competition with the development of innovative devices that meet their needs better than before. Major players in the information technology industry are pushed to go big every time they release a new device on the market. Instead of simply trudging along, technological innovations are moving at a rapid pace and knowledge and access to information is increasing quickly (Dan 12:4).

Companies that make a profit by putting out IT based products must ensure that they stay ahead of the game. It stands to reason that if Apple or any other company wants to take the lead with wearable computers, they have to develop something even better than Google has currently.

Apple and Google are both set to offer smart watch products. Google’s Smart Watch is paired with Google Now, a personal assistant that makes the device a valuable tool. Dick Tracy fans can now rejoice, after waiting decades to see something like this become reality.

Samsung has a smart watch, the Galaxy Gear. However that uses a lot of power and Google sees that as one of the ways in which they need to be competitive. Their smart watch is being designed for decreased battery consumption. Apple does not have a smart watch available yet for their loyal clients.

As far as Apple customers are concerned, there is an alternative to the Google Glass. It’s the iPad Mini with retina display. This will be available in North America in late November.

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