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Wearable Tech Expo Brings People Together with Their Devices

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Early adopters and innovators alike attended the Wearable Tech Expo to figure out what it will take to get you, me, all of us wearing more of our technology. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.

Even at the Wearable Technology Expo, it’s honestly admitted by many that this next generation of smart glasses and watches and other types of jewelry—while innovative—isn't quite ready for mass consumption just yet.

“Think of where we are right now in the wearable tech market as where the phone market was before the launch of Android and before the launch of iPhone. So we really don’t have those killer applications or those killer devices, but we will have killer devices and we will have with those killer devices a ton of applications that we can’t even consider today,” says Rich Tehrani of the Wearable Tech Expo.

The fitness space seems to be one of the most popular gateways warming us up to wearable technology, thanks to devices like the FitBit, Up—the list goes on. Developers of the Stonecrysus fitness tool and app say the next step in this space is really allowing devices to tailor how they work based on each particular user.

“It learns each user’s unique physiology, so if you and I both ate the same piece of chicken both went for the same run, our bodies would change in different ways. Stonecrysus learns how each user’s body changes," says Matt Landers of Stonecrysus.

Then there are those who believe what it’ll take for this next generation of wearables to really take off is if what’s already out there is made easier and more intuitive to use.

Augumenta is a company that’s trying to make doing anything with smart glasses just as easy as you do it now. Through gestures and augmented reality, you do things like type in a security pin on your hand or control the lights in your home via a switch that virtually sits in your palm.

“As soon as you arrive with the proper interface, people start to really use it, want it, and the whole market is released," says Damien Douxchamps of Augumenta.

However we all get hooked, many forecasters in this space believe it will happen, with many predicting wearable technology will be well over a $10 billion industry within just the next five years or so.

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