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December 14, 2013

Smart gear is taking over

A few years ago, the only “smart” things I knew of were the mouths of my teenagers, a pack of “Smarties” candy, the television show “Get Smart” and my husband’s pants.

Smarty pants — get it? Never mind.

Today, I took some pictures, posted them online, made a few calls, downloaded some files for work, researched information for a story I’m working on, e-mailed a client, and crushed a few candies. I did all of this on my phone while waiting in line at the bank.

What does that tell you? That’s right; the line at the bank was pretty darn long and I’m addicted to Candy Crush.

Besides that, however, it should tell you that I have a “Smart Phone.”

Or do I?

I might have a smart watch, or a smart ring, or a smart bra.

Just kidding. All of those these new smart devices can’t do all those things … yet. But they do all exist in this world; which is frightening.

Smart watches are hot right now and just in time for the holiday season. I assume tech companies came up with this idea because watches were becoming obsolete since so many people rarely put down their phones and the time is always prominently displayed on the phone. What is a watch to do? Well, come up with some nifty features of its own.

So companies such as Sony, Samsung and Seiko have given new features to watches with apps that allow you to check the weather, check your messages, listen to music and play Space Invaders. Of course, you can buy additional apps to give your watch more functionality.

Apparently, ring makers are becoming jealous of smart watches because the company Smarty Ring has raised enough funds to bring their product to market and hopes to release it by April 2014. Smarty rings can do a lot of the same things that smart watches can do in a smaller format.

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