In 1975, the world witnessed the birth of the first solar-powered calculator watch, the Calcron, with its nine-digit display and his 20 tiny keys, could fit on your wrist and was wonderfully of the era when it comes to the design. The concept was simple, yet way ahead of its time, and it took manufacturers almost 40 years to finally turn wearable tech into a sustainable market.
Today, smart watches are one of the most recognizable items in a segment where technology and fashion come together: wearables. The word is used to define any electronic device that a person can actually wear, and that integrates various functionalities, such as a camera, mail and messaging apps, a music player, performance and health trackers, payment apps or even perfume dispensers. Most can connect to the Internet or other objects – through the Internet of Things -, and wearables can take the form of watches, ankle bands, glasses, headsets, smart clothing, implants, rings and even earrings, all packed with technology and apps. Alongside tech giants like Google, Apple or Samsung, brands like Ray-Ban, Levi’s and Tommy Hilfiger are also running in this race.
“Impressive and scary”
“In theory, wearables can mimic any object, but with the current level of technology, smart watches are the most popular, because they usually offer a larger panel than other wearables, with more functionality, and are more practical. But that could change in the future depending on how technologies evolve”, states Ernest Azzam, business manager at HP. Living in Dubai, this 52 year old tech geek has been following the development of wearables since the launch of the first modern smart watches by Apple and Google, around 2015.