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The battle for your body is on at CES

Martyn Williams | Jan. 9, 2014
At this year's International CES, the most valuable real estate isn't the prime exhibit areas in the huge halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center. It's you.

That will change this year, according to an October report by Juniper Research. The company forecasts that 2014 will be the breakthrough year for wearable devices, with the market generating over $1.5 billion.

For all the attention on wearables at CES, perhaps the most influential company in the market is one that isn't in Las Vegas this week and hasn't even have a product.

A string of reports throughout 2013 suggested Apple will release a smartwatch. The power of the company to shift consumer tastes with its products has many anticipating the Apple smartwatch will be what kick starts the market.

"There's no question that Samsung, with the Galaxy Gear, wanted to get in there before Apple," Milanesi said, of one of 2013's highest profile gadget launches. Samsung is tipped to introduce a successor at next month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

"But some vendors are sitting and waiting, because whatever Apple is going to do, they will change the market," Milanesi added.

If some of these wearables seem futuristic now, just wait to see what the future holds.

Intel unveiled a prototype Linux-based PC platform the size of an SD card called "Edison," and it wants it to become the high-tech engine at the core of future wearable devices.

One such gadget shown by Intel was a baby's onesie fitted with sensors that monitor its temperature, pulse and breathing. Edison sent the data to smart coffee cups that flash colored lights when the baby needs attention. If that wasn't clever enough, a smart milk bottle warmer begins to heat milk if the baby starts to cry.

 

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