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Defining Wearable Tech At Consumer Electronics Show

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  Original Published: 1/17/2014

Among the hot topics at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show, technology that you can wear. Other than the "wow factor," how can wearable tech be useful, and which ideas will take off? Karin Caifa reports from Las Vegas, with one company's take. Among the hot topics on the floor here at the International CES this year, wearable tech. But what exactly does that mean? A lot of different people, have a lot of different ideas. "It almost means everything to everybody right now," says Mike Bell, Intel Vice President of New Devices Group. "But I think finally getting wearable tech that looks good and works well and people want, that's going to be the secret." They're mostly thought of as a chip maker, but like most big names in tech, Intel wants to get in the space early. "We're looking at what people would do with wearable tech, how they want it to look, where they would wear it, where would they put it, how they'd charge it," says Bell. "We're looking at the whole experience." Intel showed us earbuds that monitor vital signs during a workout, and a wearable way to communicate with a smartphone's personal assistant, among other items using their chips, that even non-gadget gurus, would find useful. "Wearable tech, we usually think of it as something for the grownups," says Dulcie Madden, Mimo Co-Founder. "But it looks you're targeting a younger set," said CNN's Karin Caifa. "Talk a little bit about that." "This is the Mimo smart baby monitor," says Madden. "It's basically an organic cotton onesie that has respiration minoitors on the front, and with this guy, this little turtle, a parent can see their baby's breathing, skin temperature, body position, activity level for wake/sleep and also hear their audio on their smart device." Not exactly the most flashy items, showing that wearable tech is a pretty broad term.

   
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