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Google extends Android to wearables with Android Wear project

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12:54 am on Mar 19, 2014 (gmt 0)

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http://googleblog.blogspot.jp/2014/03/sharing-whats-up-our-sleeve-android.html [googleblog.blogspot.jp]

Sharing what's up our sleeve: Android coming to wearables

Today we're announcing Android Wear, a project that extends Android to wearables. And we're starting with the most familiar wearable—watches. Going well beyond the mere act of just telling you the time, a range of new devices along with an expansive catalogue of apps will give you
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I may be in the minority here, but I certainly hope all this "wearable" technology doesn’t become mainstream. Sometimes it's great to be able to just switch off and be a person, not a "droid" with spy-where connected to every region of the body.

There are uses, but do we really need this level of connectivity?

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I certainly hope all this "wearable" technology doesn’t become mainstream.


Wearable technology has been mainstream for a long time.

We don't traditionally think in terms of "wearing a car" - but a car is, essentially, an exo-skeleton which enables you to roll down the road at 50mph.

We could go back further... towards the end of the 13th century, a hacker in northern Italy invented a wearable device which enhanced vision. Over 700 years later, we all take glasses for granted. We don't regard them as some sort of unholy "wearable technology" - but that's exactly what they are.

More types of machine-assisted cognition and physicality are bound to become more ubiquitous as various technologies become cheaper and more commonplace.