What’s missing at CES in #wearabletech?
There’s a lot of hype around #wearabletech at this year’s CES, and some interesting-looking announcements from vendors like Sony, LG and even Intel.
But aside from the flood of wristband-based “eco systems”, smartwatches, alternatives to Google Glass and of course Kolibree, the world’s first Internet of Things connected toothbrush which comes complete with a mobile app for Android and Apple (sorry, BlackBerry-istas and Windows Phone fans), what’s actually new?
The somewhat surprising answer: Not that much, in terms of technology.
For example, there’s still no solution to the problem of battery life for wearables. A few pioneers, like Misfit, have managed to eke-out battery life for weeks or even a couple of months, but most wristbands need charging every three or four days, while smartwatches are out of power every day.
At CES, there is no sign of kinetic charging (unless I am blind, in which case, get in touch). In other words, devices that keep themselves powered by movement alone, like many high-end wristwatches.
Scouring the halls for wireless charging for smart-anything? You’d have been disappointed, as the technology still isn’t up to scratch.
This year’s CES might well be the show at which wearable technology comes of age, but it’s not hitting a high spot in terms of innovation.
You will find a ton of Google Glass-alikes though.
PS Nice to see that Bloomberg agrees with this viewpoint …