One in 10 wearable gadgets will be worn on faces by 2021, report finds

Smartglasses that look like sunglasses are the future, according to a Juniper report. Picture: AFP / Snap.

One in every 10 wearable gadgets will be worn on faces by 2021, and the revolution begins this year.

The prediction from Juniper Research is inspired by the return of smartglasses, pioneered by Google and now returned to prominence by Snapchat, which finally launched its Snap Spectacles for online orders this year.

But with smartwatches showing more modest growth, how will new manufacturers convince us to perch technology on our noses?

The new way to record snaps

Photo-sharing app Snapchat seems like an unlikely advocate for hi-tech glasses, as it recently admitted itself in documents relating to its initial public offering.

The company launched round-rimmed smart sunglasses inside vending machines placed randomly around the US last year, and briefly caused five-hour queues of eager buyers outside a Spectacles pop-up store in New York.

The appeal of the limited edition smartglasses could be put down to several factors.

First, they’re much cheaper than their Google Glass counterparts at only $US130 (A$171).

Second, they look like regular, if kitschy, sunglasses.

Third, they’re not as geeky and don’t try to do as much as Glass. Snap Spectacles are merely designed to take videos from your perspective, and share them on Snapchat.

Users can press a button on the left side of the Spectacles to capture a 10-second video clip, or hold down the button to capture 30 seconds of footage.

The wide-angle camera is hidden in the top right lens, near a microphone, and LED lights on the other side of the spectacles light up when you’re filming to alert those around you.

Snapchat admits launching smartglasses was a risky move, even though it describes itself as a “camera company”.

“We have limited manufacturing experience for our physical product Spectacles, and we do not have any internal manufacturing capabilities,” the company’s report said.

“Instead, we rely on one contract manufacturer to build Spectacles. Any errors or defects in that third-party technology could result in errors in our products that could seriously harm our business.”

Google has since stopped selling its Glass spectacles, and many wearers were mocked for wearing them in public.

But Juniper Research indicates Snap might be on the right path.

The firm predicts smartglasses will be the highest growing sector of wearable technology over the next five years, with revenues jumping from $US327 million this year to $US9 billion in 2021.

Smartglasses will also represent 11 per cent of all wearable technology by that time, the research finds, and many sets will “look more like large sunglasses” than something from the distant future.

The company also found “hearables,” or ear-based wearable technology, allowing Siri and Google Assistant to whisper pertinent information into your ear, would also find a market.

Meanwhile, smartwatches and fitness trackers will still play the largest role in wearable technology but a smaller role overall.

Canalys says smartwatches grew 12 per cent last year, and Apple took up the great majority of the market, in part due to its water-resistant design and activity tracking.

“The (first Apple Watch’s) lower entry price and Apple’s more focused fitness messaging made its Watch both more attainable and more relevant,” Canalys analyst Jason Low says.

But Foad Fadaghi, managing director of technology consultancy firm Telsyte, says smartwatches are getting a boost from an unusual source in Australia: payments made by tapping a wrist at the cash register.

“The repeat usage (of Apple Pay) is much higher on the Apple Watch than on a smartphone,” he says. “We have the making of a killer app for smartwatches.”

14 Unusual Kitchen Gadgets I Use Daily

The other day, I was informed by my four-year-old that I am “so old” now. Granted, she gives this label to anyone over the age of 12, but it made me think about how things have changed since I “got old.” I realized that I’ve simplified so much of my life over the last decade. I use the same ingredients like bentonite clay for washing my hair, detoxing my armpits and making tooth powder.

I use coconut oil for practically everything. I’ve also simplified my wardrobe and my kitchen tools lately (now to just simplify the shoes…)

When I first got married, I practically collected kitchen gadgets and dishes because I was just learning to cook and I loved experimenting. Now, I have worked to simplify and reduce the number of tools and gadgets in my kitchen and I’m left with wonderfully half-empty drawers and cabinets that only contain the tools I really use.

These are 14 of the kitchen gadgets and tools that made the cut and that I use daily, take on vacation and couldn’t cook without… In fact, I could probably cook practically anything with just these items:

Stainless Steel Table Pans

When we had our third child, regular baking sheets started becoming too small. I found these stainless steel table pans that are used for catering and in restaurants.

They are perfect for everything from roasting a turkey to preparing pounds of roasted vegetables to making a 12-pound meatloaf to serve 30+ people (did that last night).

I can prepare an entire meal with two of these by making meat in one dish and roasted vegetables in another and they are ready at the same time. I typically also use these to make double of a meal so we have another meal of leftovers.

These are steel, not aluminum like most baking pans, and have a much deeper lip so spilling isn’t an issue. I’ve donated all of my other baking pans and ONLY use these now. Even better, they stack and store very minimally.

I even bring them when we go on vacation. Best $20 I’ve ever spent.

Kitchen Shears

Kitchen scissors are much more useful than they get credit for. Besides opening packages and cutting up a chicken, they make preparing food for small children so much faster. I use them at every meal to cut up meat and vegetables for my babies and toddlers.

Tongs

Kitchen tongs are another multi-use kitchen gadget. They can be used for stirring, tossing, salad serving, grilling, sautéing and so much more.

Immersion Blender

A good immersion blender replaces a blender, whisk and various other kitchen tools. It can be used to make butter coffee in the morning, whisk foods or blend sauces, or even make homemade whipped cream. It also stores easily in a small drawer (unlike a blender). We still have a Blendtec and love it, but I use the immersion blender more often.

Oven Gloves

These oven gloves replace hot pads and kitchen mits and store very minimally. They also work for grilling and are perfect for wearing while cooking with a cast iron pan.

A Great Knife

A friend introduced me to Wusthof knives. They are pricy, but these three knives have replaced my entire knife block and they also store minimally in a single drawer.

Mason Jars

As drinking glasses, food storage, vases, candle holders, for canning, salad in a jar, and so much more… mason jars can replace so many other kitchen containers.

Cuppow Lids

Cuppow lids turn mason jars into an easy no-spill drinking cup.

Cast Iron Skillet

It would be possible to cook almost every meal with just a cast iron skillet if needed. It can be used stove top, in the oven or even on a campfire. Once you season it correctly, a cast iron skillet is relatively non-stick and lasts forever.

Huck Towels

These huck towels have replaced all of my kitchen towels and napkins. They are much more absorbent than regular kitchen towels, easy to wash and work as cloth napkins as well. They even use these in hospitals to clean up blood because they work so well.

Steel Bowls

A set of stainless steel bowls replaced all of my glass, plastic and silicon bowls that I used to use. They stack and store together and since they have a lid, they work for food storage as well.

Stainless Steel Dishes

With kids, glass dishes never work well. We’d broken about half of our glass wedding dishes when we finally switched to stainless steel dishes for the kids. Now, we have a stash of steel plates, bowls and cups that we use daily. They are dishwasher and oven safe and don’t break!

Bamboo Utensils

Our simple set of bamboo utensils replaced all of the plastic utensils we used to have and they work so much better.

Crinkle Cutter

An unusual kitchen tool and one of my favorites. A crinkle cutter is safe for the kids to use to help me chop vegetables for meals, which helps keep them involved and makes them more likely to want to eat what we’ve made.