NERD IS THE WORD: Technology you can wear

THE hype around wearable technologies rages on but as the industry stabilises, we'll find the key players come out on top, much like what happened during the introduction of smartphones.

So far we're seeing the underdog succeed with the popular Pebble Steel smartwatch by Pebble, which has a decent battery life of up to seven days, attractive design and simple display.

But I'm curious to see if the faithful Samsung v Apple battle comes back into play.

The Apple Watch is continually developing but can cost anything from $500 to $17,000 for a 18-carat rose gold case.

That case doesn't even cover the band. You get a thick leather band and that expensive watch all of a sudden looks like it's worth a few hundred dollars.

Then there's fitness trackers like Fitbit, which do a great job at accurately counting your steps each day and counting calories, while the more expensive models monitor your heart rate.

Fitbit have been banking on connected devices and wearable technologies, with a range of accessories and products available to accompany your watch.

For example the company released a $150 Wi-Fi Smart Scale that automatically syncs your weight to the Fitbit app, but I think I'd rather stick to my $20 bathroom scales.

Wearable technologies don't stop at watches though and it seems they are slowly becoming more invasive.

Google released Google Glass, a pair of glasses that work like a smartphone, but they never became mainstream.

Perhaps it was the health concerns with having a display so close to your eyes, or perhaps it was the fear of looking like a cyborg walking down the street.

Either way they were unsuccessful, so Google is in the process of creating the next generation of Google Glass.

Implanted chips take wearable technology one step further, but basically render your wallet unnecessary.

A Swedish company implants chips under employees' skin, replacing the building pass.

This could also work with your credit card's paywave, your bus card or even driver's licence.

Think first episode of Futurama when Fry is faced with that scary device putting a career chip in his arm.

I think I would do what he did and run away. There's no way I want a little mechanical device visible under my skin 24/7. The human in me would tell me to get rid of it.

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