The idea of wearable computers is closer to reality after a report revealed that Google is working on computer peripherals that can be worn on the body.
According to The New York Times, Google engineers at the top secret Google X lab are developing computer peripherals that can be worn on the body and transmit information back to a smartphone. Sources at the Google lab told the N.Y. Times that the company hired electronic engineers from Nokia, Apple, and engineering universities which specialize in tiny computer devices.
With major companies like Google and Apple both on-board to help make wearable computers a reality, Michael Liebhold of the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, California revealed what he sees coming within the next decade.
Liebhold explained that the technology will likely produce cloud type eye glasses and eventually contact lenses with HUD (Heads Up Displays). “Kids will play virtual games with their friends,” said Liebhold, “where they meet in a park and run around chasing virtual creatures for points.”
Although the cloud glasses sound like a great idea to keep people from walking around with their heads buried in their smartphones, the first form of wearable computers will be a wristband or watch-like peripheral.
What type of wearable computer would you like to see hit the market?