With the new year barely a week old, it seems a new type of war is being waged among tech companies. January 7 through 10 is the annual Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas. 2013 was the year of battling over sales of gaming consoles and tablets. Given the products offered at this year’s CES, wearable electronics are the hottest ticket in town.
Tech companies are doing everything possible to introduce the newest wearable electronics and make them into fashionable clothing and accessories that are packed with the latest features. Issues such as compatibility and lackluster functionality have been greatly improved and wearables are crossing into the mainstream.
The wearable technology industry already includes major players like Google, Samsung and Apple who are all offering a stunning variety of new, wearable tech items. Major advances in the industry include improvement in fashion and the expanded use of wearable technology in sports, healthcare, and gaming. Wearable tech innovations in home uses, sensors, clothing, and materials are giving consumers “augmented reality” opportunities that were previously unheard of. (More on the Augmented Reality and NFC in an upcoming blog).
One of the more exciting features being incorporated into wearables is near field communication (NFC) technology. NFC allows the transfer of data between two or more compatible devices. NFC identifies people, products, and information through a wireless link that has evolved from RFID (radio frequency identification) technology that can pass small amounts of data from one device to another. NFC is predominately thought of for financial transactions that include paying for dinner, the purchase of goods and services, and the identification of a person or business. 2014 brings NFC into the wearable tech industry in a big way.
Judging from the exhibitors at this year’s CES, consumers can expect NFC to be in watches, rings, clothing, eye wear, and even dog collars. 2014 is definitely shaping up to be the year of wearable technology and the inclusion of NFC will only serve to boost sales in this already billion dollar industry.
About the Author:
Robert P. Sabella has 20+ years of legal and entrepreneurial experience and is considered one of the most innovative leaders in developing and bringing new technologies to market. He is the founder of the NFC Bootcamp™ training series and has recently co-founded the AccelerateNFC incubator program, dedicated to fostering start-ups in bringing NFC technology to the market. He is co-author of RFID+™ and a prolific writer and speaker on NFC and RFID.