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Google Glass Could Spur Wearable Tech Boom


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Wearing a jacket with technology built in.

With wearable technologies expected to boom, privacy advocates warn that users must think carefully about giving companies even more streams of data about their lives.

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IHS estimates that wearable-technology companies could sell up to 9.4 million devices by 2016, a figure that includes smart glasses, smart wristbands and smart watches. However, privacy advocates warn that users must think carefully about giving companies even more streams of data about their lives.

While Google has not offered official guidance on how it plans to navigate the privacy or etiquette questions surrounding its Google Glass project, some developers have addressed the topic. Alexandria, VA-based developer Noble Ackerson has created etiquette tip cards that aim to dispel some of the myths about people wearing these devices.

Additionally, fashion companies will work with technology firms to create more-attractive devices.

"If these products make our lives better, it could very well become something that makes its way into every household," says NPD Group fashion analyst Marshal Cohen.

Google Glass could accelerate the wearable tech world in the same way that Apple's iPad facilitated the tablet market, because the company can use its strength as a software developer to build useful programs to make Glass more commonplace.

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