The idea of wearable technology is surprisingly old. In fact, in the early ‘60s, an MIT professor used a wearable computer to win at Blackjack in Las Vegas. However, the technology to make wearables available for everyday consumers has been long and bumpy.
It all started in the ‘70s, when the very first digital watch and wrist calculator was invented for consumers. They were high tech for the time, but they weren’t exactly user friendly. In fact, you could only read the Hamilton Pulsar Digital Watch when you pressed a button on the side. Over the next few decades, companies launched several wearable devices, most of which flopped.
As computer chips got smaller and companies learned what kind of products consumers liked, the public started to love certain devices, such as the Apple Watch. And today, we’re on the verge of the wearable explosion, where devices will help us get healthy, get organized, learn, and navigate the world. But this did’t happen overnight.
It might feel as if wearables turned up one fine day, but they’re actually the product of years of technological progress.
This infographic shows how we went from a simple digital watch to technology that promises to revolutionize the way we live and work.
Logan Strain is a writer for Wearable Zone, father, and tech lover from San Diego, California. According to his Fitbit, he averages around 7,000 steps a day, but he’s working on improving that. Learn more about the latest wearable technology by following Wearable Zone on Twitter.
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