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Google may be commonly associated with Google Glass, one of the most striking, and perhaps strangest, wearable devices out there. But where development of new wearable technology is concerned, the fun is just beginning, a top Google executive said Sunday.
Google doesn’t think of wearable gadgets as just smartwatches, fitness bands, or Google Glass, Pichai said. Any type of wearable technology, be it sensors embedded in your jacket or your shoe, is the target Google is shooting for. It is the essence of the connected self that Google wants, and it needs developers to build the applications necessary to achieve that reality.
The “digital tattoo” idea is really a flexible, durable electronic sticker with a mini power supply, microphone and wireless transceiver.
It’s reasonable to assume, also, that the “mesh layer” for wearables is the same layer, or at least can interconnect with, the “mesh layer” for home automation. Both these categories of device should be able to connect with various sensors around the house and on the user’s physical person, say embedded into the “smart jacket” Pichai suggested in his comments.