Wearable technology refers to clothing and accessories incorporating computer and advanced electronic technologies. The wearable market is expanding very rapidly. Here are some of the different categories of wearable computing:
Wrist worn devices that connect to the mobile phone, tell the user about the notification of calls, messages, emails etc. Telling time is not the primary task. Samsung, Motorola, and Apple are leading the market in that area. The latest smartwatch is the Apple Watch which will hit the market on April 24, 2015.
Bracelets or bands worn on the wrist or devices clipped on the shirt or belt. They count the number of steps taken, monitor heart rate, calories, sleep behavior, oxygen in the blood, and other data. Market leaders in this category are Fitbit, Jawbone, Nike, Garmin, and Withings.
Head mounted displays
Computer displays that are worn on head. Information is delivered in front of the eyes hands free. These devices can deliver an Augmented Reality experience to the user. Examples of these are Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, Microsoft Holo Lens, and Google Glass.
Clothes that have sensors to monitor heart rate, track your posture etc, and then send biometric data directly to smart phone or tablet. Those are expected to be the next big thing! Ralph Lauren Polo Tech Shirt, Athos, MBody Bike and Run are examples of those.
Rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces that notify users of emails, text messages, calls etc. Some include fitness tracking, such as monitoring heart rate and steps. Examples are Ear-o-smart, Altruis, Tory Burch and the X-Fitbit.