Top Tech Trends for 2014
Updated On: Jan 09 2014 12:08:52 AM EST
From your head to your arms to your toes, 2014 will be all about wearable technology.
Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch reportedly sold 800,000 units before holiday shopping even began.
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Apple may be getting on that bandwagon with their long awaited I-watch.
"I have high hopes that if Apple were to release something -- which is not outside the realm of possibility -- that it would be a very complete experience and it would also be something very accessible and it would tie in with the Apple ecosystem," said Jessica Dolcourt, the Senior Editor for CNET.
Pebble, Qualcomm, Sony and others already have smartwatches on the market.
Perhaps the most well-hyped wearable is Google Glass, the voice enabled smart device that lets you get directions, take and share pictures and even send text messages through eyeglasses that you wear.
Google glass became available to eager test subjects who signed up for the Glass explorer program in 2013, but is expected to be released for sale to the general public this year.
"One of the interesting things about glass, whether you love them or hate them, its there's nothing like it out there on the market right now. certainly not from anyone with the clout and name recognition as Google," said Scott Rosenblatt, the senior writer for CNET.
It's not the only tech that hopes to land on your head either. Virtual reality glasses from Meta that project holographic images will be available starting in July.
The Skully motorcycle helmet with built-in heads-up display includes GPS navigation, a rear-view camera and smartphone integration. Skully is still offering limited availability to beta testers ahead of the release sometime this year.
Curves are also in style this new year. Dolcourt said consumers can expect to see curved screens on both televisions and smartphones from LG and Samsung.
"There is a little bit of an ergonomic benefit to it. All things being equal, if you've got a straight-screened phone and a curved screen phone, it may be more comfortable to hold the one with the curved screen in your pocket, at your ear, in your hand even because it reduces the footprint and it doesn't seem quite as large," she said.
But consumers may be able to control their devices with a wave of a hand or pointing their finger because gesture technology is expected to become more mainstream this year.
The Nimble XD turns anything with a USB port into a gesture controlled device. It will be available on a limited basis starting in January.
And for consumers that have moved on from using their fingerprints to unlock their devices, they may be able to use their heartbeat.
The Nymi wristband syncs devices with your unique aoric rhythm. Consumers can preorder the bands for $79.