Technology always moves at break-neck speeds. What was once cutting-edge, like the smartphone, is now commonplace, already replaced by new innovations. In keeping with a recent trend, Google leads the way. Google Glass paved the way for wearable technology as a concept and industry, but other companies were quick to catch up. While Glass is meant to be worn like normal glasses, other companies like Apple and Samsung began to work on devices that would replace another piece of everyday wear: the watch. Rumours abound about what Apple’s iWatch will be like, and Samsung has already brought out the first edition of its smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear. Nike already has a range of devices like the FuelBand that look like bracelets but act like motion-tracking devices while you exercise—measuring how much distance you have covered, how many calories were burnt, etc. Now Sony is also joining the act with its SmartWigs. As the name suggests, the devices are wigs with chips embedded in them to communicate with other devices and keep track of surroundings.
One can question whether people will be willing to wear wigs just to avail of the added electronic features they offer, but in general it looks like smart glasses and watches will be a hit. There are several obvious advantages—the closer these devices are to you, the more relevant and accurate information they can provide, not to mention the vastly increased functionality they offer. But it is exactly this that should raise concerns as well. In the ongoing tide of wearable technology, privacy is taking a big blow. Recently, there was a big brouhaha in the US over Google Glass and the ease with which people can take photos and videos of unsuspecting targets. Such issues will keep coming up in the near future—technology is simply removing the scope of privacy and information security.