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Watch Out For "Wearable" Media Screens

Just when marketers were adjusting to smartphones and tablets, hardware firms are already preparing the next killer screen. What will it look like? Well, pointing towards “wearable computers,” The New York Times writes: “The ultimate version of this technology is a screen that would somehow augment our vision with information and media.” Likely peripherals of some sort, both Apple and Google are secretly working on projects that will become wearable computers, NYT reports.

Google researchers, for instance, are apparently working on peripherals that -- when attached to one’s clothing or body -- will communicate information back to an Android smartphone. Apple, meanwhile, has also experimented with prototypes that could relay information back to the iPhone, NYT tells us, explaining: “These conceptual products could also display information on other Apple devices, like an iPod, which Apple is already encouraging us to wear on our wrists by selling Nanos with watch faces.”

One idea is a curved-glass iPod that would wrap around a consumers’ wrist, and could be used to communicate using Siri, Apple’s artificial intelligence software. And marketers thought squeezing banner ads onto a 3.5-inch iPhone screen was tough. 

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