Wearable computing, the next great frontier in consumer electronics, is expected to draw crowds to Taipei’s Computex trade fair this week as interest in the nascent technology surges.
With rumours of an Apple smart watch around the corner and ongoing hype around Google’s pioneering Glass, all eyes will be set on the five-day tech extravaganza’s “trend zone” where some lesser known brands could also shine.
Sonostar Inc, a Taipei-based company that currently sells handheld GPS devices that aid golfers, is among the manufacturers soon to dabble in the field of wearable computers.
“We saw the huge potential market in 2009 and decided to do research on the smart watch and related apps,” said spokeswoman Marie Liu.
Not only will its new watch provide golfers with range-finding services and access to the layouts of 30,000 golf courses, it can also be used by people when they jog or ride bikes to record distance travelled and calories consumed.
By coupling the watch with a smartphone for Internet connectivity, the device will be able to access social media, instant messaging and allow users to read ebooks via its e-ink paper display that enables its 1.73-inch long screen to be viewed clearly under sunshine.
Sonostar said the watch is scheduled to hit the market in the third quarter with a price tag of $179.
The frenzy over wearable technologies was sparked after Google surprised tech watchers by announcing it was developing a wearable computer with a head-mounted display, known as the Glass.
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