Are wearables really about to catch on? We have seen some in the past that did not quite do so well. I listed five, but feel free to add some more in the comments.
The BlueTooth-headset was introduced to eliminate holding a device for communication. The use spread pretty quick, but soon became a object of ridicule, at least here in the Netherlands. When the regular ear-plugs for phones were introduced (especially the popular white one by Apple) the headsets soon vanished. Only cab drivers still wear them from what I’ve seen.
Virtual Reality Headsets
When the internet was still dubbed cyberspace and was perceived to be a different space of realm apart from the real world, there was this idea to immerse a body into this virtual reality. Large Head Mounted Displays (HMD) and smart motion sensors enabled the creation of a 3D artificial world that rendered a software created world of objects and other visuals.
The idea and technology was very popular in a small community of technologists, but due to the huge hardware and needed processor power the technology never made it onto the mainstream consumer market. Gaming hardware startup Oculus Rift is giving VR another run for its money. [Read more...]