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'Wearable' tech in spotlight at Google I/O

At its recent developers conference in San Francisco, Google touted the new prototype of its Google Glass computerized eyeglasses.

The Android-powered eyeglasses are equipped with a processor, memory, a camera, GPS sensors and a display screen.

Speaking at Google I/O, Google co-founder and CEO Sergey Brin said that someday computers will be worn -- whether incorporated into glasses or in a piece of jewelry. Some observers concur.

Patrick Moorhead, an analyst at Moor Insights and Strategy, said that the U.S. military, especially the Special Forces units, already uses wearable computers for communications and GPS capabilities.

Rob Enderle, an analyst at Enderle Group, pointed out that Google Glass and other wearable computers could be useful in the workforce, "for tasks on factory floors or other places where folks need to use computers and their hands at the same time."

Research into wearable computers has been going on at MIT for over a decade, and Apple sells a wristband to turn an iPod Nano into a wristwatch. It remains to be seen whether Google's involvement will now help push the notion forward.

This version of this story was originally published in Computerworld's print edition. It was adapted from an article that appeared earlier on Computerworld.com.

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