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But so are smart watches…
Next up we have smart watches, which are likely shaping up to be the next major hotly contested area in the technology market. From the point Apple was pegged to create one, Samsung jumped on board, as did Microsoft, and Google, according to reports. An estimated five million smart watches will ship next year, that is if the industry can get its act together and release something feasible first and foremost.
Smart watches, considered the "next big thing," are getting better
But they're still not there yet. Smart watches are still in their infancy and battery life is generally poor.
That said, considered to be the "next big thing" in technology circles, smart watches are getting better. The new Qualcomm Toq (pronounced "tock") comes with a simpler user interface than the Samsung Galaxy Gear, but it makes up for it with a week-long battery life.
And then there are the emerging "all-rounders" that go anywhere
And as smart watches get smarter (and last longer), tech giants are increasingly trying to slim down the technology even further. The emergance of "smart jewelry" could set to explode in 2014.
Take the Misfit Shine. It's a small pedometer device that looks like a small disc-shaped item that can be worn as a wristband, clip-on, or pendant with optional accessories. It's also waterproof so you don't have to take it off each time you take a shower (or a dive in the pool). And the battery lasts four months on a single charge.