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The Curiousmatic Illustrated Guide To Wearables

What’s all the fuss about wearable computers? We’ll take you through it, in nine gifs.

Wearables show a lot of promise. For instance, by creating more fluid human-device interactions.

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Image courtesy of Brooklyn Mutt via giphy.

They can help you work out. Read more here.

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Image courtesy of Brooklynmutt via giphy.

Or augment reality.

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Image courtesy of futurescope.co via giphy.

However, all’s not right with wearables. One out of three are ditched within six months of purchase. Read more here.

Image courtesy ofRobert Scoble via Flickr. Animated by Curiousmatic.
Image courtesy ofRobert Scoble via Flickr. Animated by Curiousmatic.
They often have limited functionality.
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Image courtesy of The Verge via giphy.
And can look kinda goofy.
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Photos courtesy of CNN, Tom’s Guide via Flickr and Ubergizmo via Google+.

But companies are taking notice. Many are now opening up their platforms to app developers. Check out some awesome Google Glass apps here.

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Image courtesy of prostheticknowledge via giphy.
Partnering with brands might help with design.
Images courtesy of Cult of Mac, Rawqe, and Indian Nerve.
Images courtesy of Cult of Mac, Rawqe, and Indian Nerve.

And future flexible electronics can make wearables sleeker and more comfortable. Read more here.

Image courtesy of Printoo via Kickstarter.
Image courtesy of Printoo via Kickstarter.
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