By Brian Gaar, Austin American-Statesman
The digital domain is creeping off our desktops and on to our bodies, from music players that match your tunes to your heartbeat to mood sweaters that change color depending on your emotional state.
There are even fitness bracelets, anklets and necklaces to track your calorie burning.
At Chaotic Moon Studios, an Austin, Texas, mobile software firm, developers and engineers are working on a competitive product to Google's upcoming Google Glass - eyewear that can log onto the Internet. And they're designing other wearable projects for several other customers, from applications to full-blown products.
Chaotic Moon co-founder William "Whurley" Hurley said wearable technology will have as much of an impact as the smartphone revolution did a few years ago.
"I think we're about to enter a whole new phase in the next 12 months ... 16 months, probably, on the outside," Hurley said. "There's going to be a whole new phase. It's just like when the iPhone came out and there was this mad gold rush. It's gonna be the same thing."
Another Austin mobile developer, Mutual Mobile, is working on Google Glass applications for a variety of clients. They include doctors who might use the glasses to pull up patient information, and warehouse employees who could use them to look at real-time inventory or scan barcodes.
"People are starting to get into it," said Sam Gaddis, the company's chief marketing officer.
Gaddis says connected devices of all types are the future - because sensors that can measure a variety of data are becoming so cheap.
Mutual Mobile has hosted "hackathons" to encourage its developers to see what they can invent.
After one recent event, its developers created a football with a sensor that can detect the quality of the throw, and a boxing game that measures how much you've hit the target.
Information written and compiled byKareem LaTouche and Stephanie Lyew