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Wearable technology and IoT wearable devices

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Devices from Fitbit and its peer companies allow people to track their health and exercise progress in previously impossible ways.

This wearable technology can trace its roots back further than you might think, and the road ahead for wearable devices looks bright.We've compiled a history of the wearables market that looks at the past, present, and future of these devices.The PastIf we wanted to be truly technical, we could trace the history of wearable devices all the way back to the Roman emperor Nero, who used emeralds like eyeglasses in order to get a sharper view of gladiatorial combat.But let's fast forward almost 2000 years to 1961, when the first wearable computer appeared inside the shoes of MIT mathematics professors Edward O. Thorp and Claude Shannon.

Thorp reported a 44% increase in winning bets in his book Beat The Dealer.

In fact, the strategy was so successful that Nevada passed a law banning such machines in 1985.More than a decade later, the Pulsar "Calculator" wristwatch hit the market and allowed people to figure out their restaurant tips.Several years after that came Steve Mann, who would pioneer several wearable devices in his time.

But he got started in high school in 1981, when he wired a computer to his backpack in order to control photographic equipment.

He even mounted a camera viewfinder to a helmet to serve as the display.Then in 1994, Mann created the Wearable Wireless Webcam, which he used to upload images to the Internet until 1996.

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