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In 2006, TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year was “You.” It was recognition of the global surge in online sharing of personal experiences fueled by our participation at YouTube, Wikipedia, and other social platforms. 


My prediction for 2014 is that “You” will once again reign as the most influential being, driven by our interest for collecting, calculating, and consuming our own personal data.

iWink_resize.jpgAt this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, wearable tech is a big theme among exhibitors. Everything from the Mimo onesie that lets parents monitor their baby’s health to a smart jacket with GPS that helps you navigate a route via vibrations in the shoulders indicating where to turn.


Want to monitor the quality of your kid’s teeth cleaning? There’s a toothbrush that tracks their efforts and reports the data to your smartphone. Need to improve your sleep? There’s a headband that tracks your sleep and wakes you when you achieved optimal rest. According to NPR’s All Tech Considered, Consumer Electronics Association senior researcher Ken Tillman stated the market for wearables could reach $1.2 billion in 2014.

Trends with life logging and fitness trackers were early drivers that helped power a passion for looking at our own personal data. The power behind that personal data crunching can be found in the cloud.

In the cloud, our personal” big data” is stored and analyzed. And thanks to the cloud we can access the insights from our big data anytime and from anywhere. A study commissioned last year by Rackspace indicates cloud-powered wearable tech like Google Glass are giving rise to the “Human Cloud” where our data is connected to a network of devices that share insights in real time.

What’s your prediction for 2014? What will be the next frontier for wearable tech? And do you have any concerns about having this data in the cloud? Join the #CloudPredictions conversation and share your forecast by using the hashtag.

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  1. Holger Maassen

    We are living in an era of big changes – changing from ‘place bound’ to omnipresent, to an era where everything is connected to the internet, where things are becoming wearable and on-hand wherever and whenever one like to use or get in touch.

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    1. Debra Curtis-Magley Post author

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and the article link, The evolution taking place in mobile, cloud, and big data are generating new applications for connecting our personal and digital lives. I’m excited to see where this innovation revolution will take us.

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  2. Schalk Viljoen

    Debbie – just picked this up …  Wearables in Business Use

    While IT wearables are often dismissed as consumer gadgets, they have already conquered the healthcare market; and there are many other uses for them in the B2B market, like head-mounted displays and smart glasses. SAP HANA has been leveraged in combination with Google Glass and sensors attached to the bodies of soccer players. Smart glasses enable workers to work hands-free. SiWear is a joint project by SAP, Google and Vuzix, which introduced augmented reality (AR) solutions. The project has been trialed in a Mercedes-Benz truck manufacturing plant. “This is about bringing the company’s data environment in front of the worker’s eyes,” said SAP project manager Joerg Rett. Another example is Google Glass combined with SAP HANA as a cloud solution, leveraged in a healthcare situation. Doctors on ward rounds in hospitals can instantly see patient records, images of scans and other information. (Original in German)

    Zwischen Hype und Profi-Anwendungen: Wearables im Business-Einsatz – computerwoche.de

    this is going to be a very hot area !  Very timely blog … Thanks!

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    1. Debra Curtis-Magley Post author

      Fascinating! Thanks for sharing these additional insights Schalk. With wearable tech, it looks like the next big cloud movement could be the ‘Human Cloud.’

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