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Wearable Technology Expo and Conference - Exciting Products, Exciting Technology, Amazing Speakers
Wearable Tech World Feature Article
December 09, 2013
Wearable Technology Expo and Conference - Exciting Products, Exciting Technology, Amazing Speakers
By Tony Rizzo
TMCnet Senior Editor

TMC (News - Alert) produces its Wearable Technology Expo and Conference twice a year, with events alternately taking place on the East and West coasts. That means that every six months, as the conference program director, we go through a deep and extended cycle of wearable tech (WT) planning. What is well worth noting here is that we are continually amazed by how much sophistication the wearable tech market gains every six months.

Some of that innovation is very visible to the consumer – for example, most of us know what a Nike Fuelband or Jawbone Up is. Some of the innovation works behind the scenes. Jawbone, for example, makes use of and is now powered MotionX technology. More sophisticated consumers may know of MotionX but most will simply be able to use the technology without giving it much thought. For those in the industry and for those looking to either break into the WT industry or just beginning their efforts within it, there is a great deal to know – “not knowing” is not an option.

Our Wearable tech Conference specifically focuses on attendees who are looking to understand the myriad market dynamics at play, the emerging technologies that are driving WT to consistent new levels of innovation and capability, the issues involved in successfully creating and delivering a new WT business, and the serious business to business networking that is key to building companies. If you are looking to build a WT business or find partners for your emerging or already established business you are the prime audience we look to cater to.

To accomplish our conference goals requires that we dig deep to find the right collections of speakers and presenters for the conference. We bypass the usual suspects who speak at 30,000 feet and look for those who have their hands fully on the pulse of driving business within WT. We’re particularly thrilled this time around to have Philippe Kahn as our opening day keynote speaker. We had a number of chats and during those conversations it became clear that Philippe is the right person to deliver our opening messages to our attendees.

Philippe is well known in numerous tech circles – most people most likely associate Philippe with Borland, which began life with its Sidekick terminate and stay resident – TSR (News - Alert) –program dating back to the early 1980s. Sidekick was, in fact, a kind of “wearable technology” for PCs in its way. Its task was to provide useful services while remaining for the most out of the way. That is in fact one definition we can apply to wearable tech.

Philippe went on to invent the camera technology that now allows most of us to abandon our digital camera and simply use our smartphones to handle our photos. But that wasn’t enough for Philippe – now he is neck deep in wearable technology and he is the inspiration behind Fullpower, the company that has developed the MotionX health technology that we noted earlier. Amazingly cool stuff. Philippe will share his insights on wearable tech and will draw on his deep technology experiences to outline why he believes WT is the next major tech industry.

We won’t go through the entire agenda here – we will be reporting from the show floor over the two days of the conference as to what secrets are shared and what new things we can expect to see. Generally speaking, the conference program is built to deliver a significant view of the industry in its entirety. We will be investigating the fitness and well being market segment – and in fact we will do so from two perspectives. First, we will look at the fitness and activity tracking market segment. Next we will take a look at how brain scanning technology and activity trackers can uncover ways for people to find the way to increasing well being in ways beyond activity tracking.

You cannot have wearable tech of course without smartwatches and we’ll have on hand those companies and speakers that have pioneered the smartwatch industry. As well, we will take a deep look at how wearable tech within the enterprise – more and more wearable tech will emerge as a key part of everyday business.

Other sessions will include explorations of next generation hardware that will serve as the foundation for next generation devices, the ongoing emergence of sophisticated smart materials, and the growth of the augmented and virtual reality market which utilizes wearable tech (including smart glasses) for both gaming as well as real-world healthcare.

As critical as technology is to WT, so too is fashion. In fact, fashion may prove to be the one most important piece of the wearable tech story that will help to drive it to mainstream use. There is a very real reason Apple (News - Alert) is hiring high level members of the fashion industry. We’ll explore not only why fashion is important but how fashion will help to broaden the market.

Finally, from a tech perspective we’ll take a deep look at Google (News - Alert) Glass. We’ll explore whether Glass can transition from a model of hype to a model of reality. It is very interesting that Glass has so much media coverage yet almost no one, except for a very few select people actually have Google Glass in hand. We’ll explore whether or not Glass is a fad or a product with real growth ahead of it.

Of course a wearable tech conference also needs to uncover new technologies – and for that we have our event Demo Forum – in which 18 companies will get up on stage to show off their cool new efforts. These companies will look to WOW our judges and attendees and will compete for Best in Show, Audience (News - Alert) Choice and several other conference awards. It is at the Demo Forum that we’ll get a sense of how everything we talk about in our sessions is coming together in the real world.

And yes, if you attend there will be cool prizes to win, including our grand prize – two attendees will walk away with a pair each of the new Vuzix M100 smartglasses!

We hope to see you there!

Edited by Ryan Sartor

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