The future is in wearable technology

We’ve recently seen the age of the netbook, then the age of the tablet and soon we’ll be seeing wearable technology. The tops computing minds have all decided that wearable technology is the future. This technology will change the way we use computers and be equivalent to the personal computer revolution in the 80′s.

While technology cycles generally last 10 years, she said wearables were coming on stronger and faster than is typical. The change is noteworthy because major technology cycles often support tenfold growth in users and devices. Many of the 150 times or so per day that users interact with their phones – to look for messages, make calls, check the time, and the like – could be hands-free with wearable technology.

According to Mary Meeker, who is described as the “Queen of the Internet”: “Some people laugh at wearables…” read one slide featuring an image from the TV show “Saturday Night Live” that mocked Google glass, a wearable technology. As the audience chuckled, she brought up the next slide, reading “Some people laughed at PC & Internet.” The slide showed a 1999 Barron’s cover trumpeting the headline “Amazon.Bomb.”

At a conference in the US, D11, Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo picked up the theme, telling conference goers that it was clear wearable technology would play a large role in the future, even if what is perhaps the most-discussed example– Google glass– doesn’t emerge as the first mainstream hit.

Meeker also reviewed themes she has highlighted in the past, including the remarkable growth of mobile technology and the Chinese economy, and the ceding of power from traditional personal computing companies to phone and tablet makers. You can download her “State of the Internet” slides here; they’re fascinating reading.