One of the most high profile devices of 2013 is one that most people can't even own. Google Glass was all over the tech press this year, and Google co-founder Sergey Brin is almost never seen in public without a set of the goggles resting on his head. It's expected that Google will make the product available to the general public sometime in 2014, but for a price of around $1,600 - according to ZDNet.com - it seems unlikely that it's going to have many customers right at the start.
Google Glass and other wearable technology items, such as the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, have been forecast as the next big trend in consumer products. These devices connect your phone or tablet to a wearable item so that you won't need to pull your mobile device out of your pocket to check for messages or take pictures. Just about every company, including Apple, has reportedly been developing such products for years.
While they certainly have promise, there's reason to be skeptical that wearable tech is going to replace your iPad mini or Apple MacBook anytime soon. To begin with, as already stated, these products need to connect to your cell phone, which means that the only convenience they provide at the moment is saving you from having to reach into your pocket to perform certain tasks. But many tech users are still uncomfortable delivering vocal commands to their devices. In order for wearable tech, and particularly Google Glass, to be successful, customers are going to have to overcome their hesitations about talking to a machine.
Something to keep in mind is that with Apple products, you don't need a fancy watch to get the most out of them. The iPad Air and mini are excellent mobile computing solutions that are light on gimmicky technology, but heavy on useful applications and features. For more information, check out PortableOne today.