Visitors try out a Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Gear smartwatch at its exhibition hall at a railway station in Seoul November 25, 2013. Samsung Electronics Co is expected to spend around $14 billion - more than Iceland's GDP - on advertising and marketing this year, but it doesn't always get value for money. The outlay buys the South Korean technology giant publicity in TV and cinema ads, on billboards, and at sports and arts events from the Sydney Opera House to New York's Radio City Music Hall. Google Inc spent less on buying Motorola's handset business. Picture taken on November 25, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
The New Year 2014 seems like a much better time for tech gadgets than 2013. For starters, there are a lot of exciting gadgets planned for release on 2014. Check out the 2014 tech gadget predictions featuring smarter smartwatches including the Apple iWatch, wearable television (TV), drones and 3D printers.
Wearable tech gadgets such as smartwatches are all the rage now, with several tech companies such as Apple, Google, Samsung, Adidas and Nike battling to outdo each other. With all these stiff competition, innovation emerges in the form of new features to add to the already impressive smartwatch.
"Smartwatches, which connect to your smartphone, are going to create an entirely new category of computing in the coming year," said former Forrester analyst Sarah Rotman Epps, who specializes in wearable computing, in a report by Brisbane Times.
Epps also mentioned that the much anticipated Apple smartwatch, which is predicted to be named iWatch, will be a game-changer in the smartwatch industry because Apple is known for its amazing technological innovations which have revolutionized the tech industry, including the cellphone and computer industries.
Smartwatches are welcome additions to mobile phone accessories because it not only tells time, but it also syncs to one's smartphone to provide users with important data without having to whip out their phones all the time. It is perfect for busy people who are on-the-go. It is also much safer because it lessens the need to show off your smartphone in a crowded place, which can be snatched or misplaced. It alerts users about incoming calls and important text messages, appointments and even monitors one's health by recording heartbeat, blood pressure and the number of miles walked in a day. It will also be equipped with improved location sensors that will alert you whether a friend, colleague, acquaintance or loved one is nearby or has been to the place you just passed.
Aside from smartwatches, wearable TV is also touted to be the next big thing in the tech industry. The advent of flexible screens from Samsung and Corning Glass Technologies has signaled the start of TVs that can be worn on the wrist or on clothes.
Plus, the rampant use of commercial drones is expected to happen in 2014. These drones can be used to inspect rooftops and other areas that aren't easily accessible to humans.
A surveillance Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) drone operated by the United Nations is seen in the Democratic Republic of Congo's eastern city of Goma, December 3, 2013. United Nations forces in Democratic Republic of Congo launched unmanned aircraft on Tuesday to monitor the volatile border with Rwanda and Uganda, the first time U.N. peacekeepers have deployed surveillance drones. REUTERS/Kenny Katombe
In 2013, 3D printers that can create physical objects, such as guns from digital files, was launched and it is predicted that in 2014, these printers will replace the ubiquitous inkjet printers in people's homes.
The Apple iWatch, wearable television (TV), drones and 3D printers are just some of the 2014 tech gadget predictions. Let's wait and see if any other technological breakthroughs will be introduced in 2014.
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