‘Wearable technology’ rumored from Apple
Published: Friday, February 15, 2013
Updated: Friday, February 15, 2013 09:02
Apple’s newest invention could be something a bit different: an iWatch.
A series of reports from The Wall Street Journal this week have all-but- confirmed development on the project.
The details of the device are unclear, especially since the product is still tech- nically a rumor.
However, most tech experts agree that the new device would hypotheti- cally utilize a new type of flexible glass, a heart rate monitor, “wave and pay” functionality and include access to maps, voice control and wireless syncing with iPhones and iPads.
Wearers could take calls or read texts without having to reach into their pock- et or purse. Exercise could be monitored in new ways. Google searches could be completed easily at any time.
Reports from The New York Times suggest that Apple may be trying to open a new field in marketing, which would be wearable technology.
With the iPhone facing fierce com- petition, and the iPod market dwindling, this could be Apple’s chance to start something familiar.
Reception to the idea has been mixed.
“I have my iPhone,” Bryan David (freshman, English) said, “and that’s enough.”
“Apple products are probably going to just take over,” Sara Koons (sopho- more, journalism) said, “seeing as a lot of people rely on the company.”
Apple reportedly has over 100 employees assigned to the project, indicating that it is past the point of experimentation.
However, as they are famous for doing so, there is a high level of security and secrecy surrounding the project.
Will smartwatches become as familiar to us as our cell phones, or could this be a large flop?
Smart accessories are sure to follow smartphones, and with iWatch it appears that the future is closer than one might think.