In 2013, we saw a number of exciting tech products emerge. Some seem like they’re here to stay (like fitness trackers and smart watches) while others look like flashes in the pan (see Android gaming consoles). In the year ahead, we will see a number of today’s early-adopter technologies go mainstream and some long-rumored halo products finally come to market. Predicting the future is always a risky business, but we’ve read enough high-tech tea leaves to make a highly-educated guess about the top 10 tech trends of 2014.
In 2013, Google finally shipped its Google Glass wearable computer to an invitation-only group of early adopters who were willing to pay $1,500 and put up with the challenges of a beta-level product. Now that the company has had the better part of a year to perfect its designs and build some buzz, we expect a less expensive, consumer version of Glass to launch, perhaps at Google’s I/O conference in May.
Google won’t be the only company to sell a mass-market wearables next year as Samsung and LG could also release headsets in 2014. Upstarts like Meta and Atheer will offer more immersive, binocular devices for those on the cutting edge.