Wearable gadgets gaining popularity in 2014

Reported by: Ashley Claster
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Updated: 1/05 9:31 pm
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It seems every few years, something new and cool comes to the market. Whether it is the newest phone, computer, tablet or gaming system. The latest trend hitting stores across America is wearable gadgets. With this new technology, users can be plugged in and connected 24/7.

"Well I think we kind of already are, right? I mean with our computers and our cell phones, this is just one more way to make it a quicker convenience. I mean I'm able to check, if I'm working, and I get a text from my boss, I can quick look at it. And see what's going on," general manager of Best Buy Lubbock Steven Sonday said.

The wearable tech lets you check things like weather, social media, texts messages and emails. With some bracelets, you can track fitness goals.

"Runners, they want to know their heart rate. They want to know how fast they're going," sales supervisor of Best Buy Lubbock Bobby Torres said.

"If you want to program it to run 10-miles, there's a GPS in it, it will let you know when that 10-miles is up," Sonday said.

"My girlfriend and I use it a lot to compete against each other," customer Ben Gomez said.

The future could mean staying connected 100-percent of the time, even while you are sleeping.

"You can plug it into your computer, and it will tell you how much you moved around and what your pulse was while you're asleep," Sonday said. "To see if you really did get a good night's sleep, or when you wake up and think, 'man I feel like I just shut my eyes,' you're going to find out why."

One positive is extended battery life. Some models can last up to four days on a single charge. As long as you are within bluetooth range, you can leave your phone behind. So if you want to put the phone in your bedroom to charge, you can walk around the house and still be connected.

"You got your emails with you, right there on your watch," Torres said. "You can take pictures of yourself. No longer do you have to do the old selfies where you have your arms in the way."

While it is still in it's early phase, some people are not quite sure that these wearable gadgets will become widespread. But that is what people thought about the internet, at first. So will 2014 be remembered as the year wearable tech took off?

"I definitely see a future where people are just wearing things. Whatever it's going to take to stay connected 24/7. It looks like that's where we're going to," Torres said.

"I feel like it's more of a fad," Gomez said. "If they can make it to where you can completely get away from your phone, I think they can go somewhere."

"As long as technology moves with it, it's going to be more than just a watch. We're changing the way we think of watches," Sonday said. "Because the watch did just that, it only told time. Now that it does more stuff, I think you're going to see a big up-swing on people actually wearing watches again."
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