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Hey all you tech talkers and window watchers,

there is a new neologism that has entered into our world. Neologisms, for those unfamiliar with the term, are words or phrases that are newly minted and inserted into our language which have not yet become common in usage but have been accepted as valid. Interestingly, Websters dictionary defines the word in two ways: "a new word, usage or expression", and "a meaningless word coined by a psychotic". LOL!

The neologism of 2014? "Wearable Technology".

Okay, actually there are many neologisms being spawned by the tech industry. Read on and see if you can identify some others.

As mentioned in an earlier piece, the CES is raging right now in Las Vegas and some of the biggest manufacturers in the world are introducing "smartwatches", which are wristwatch type devices designed to turn mundane tech interface tasks such as making a call or snapping a pic into something new and fresh. Here is my list of the top five smartwatches to look out for in 2014:

1 - Neptune Pine

This device which was conceived, designed and brought to life as a Kickstarter project is unlike other smartwatches in that it was designed to be a stand alone unit which means that it does not need to be connected to a smartphone. With Android JellyBean as its' platform, Neptune Pine can make calls, send SMS messages, contains a complete web browser and can run an impressive list of apps including GPS. The 2.4 inch touch screen display offers a full keyboard and can actually be removed from the wristband and inserted into other accessories. This device will be available in March of 2014 and can be pre-ordered on line for $335.00 dollars.

2 - Kreyos Meteor

The Meteor, which came out of the Indiegogo crowd funding camp is one of the smartwatches being displayed at the CES this year. What sets this device apart is its' ability to support and interpret voice and gesture commands through a microphone and speaker combination. The waterproof plastic body contains a removable face which can be placed into several different bands, a belt clip or a necklace. It comes in several colors and will be available also in March of this year. Pre-order on line for $169.95

3 - Pebble Steel

The Steel is Pebbles' second generation smartwatch and is definitely one of the most stylish of them all. If you are looking for something that has all of the functionality of high technology with the look of a piece of wearable art then the Pebble Steel is for you. Its' slim and lightweight aspect comes in a stainless steel body on a leather or steel band. The display is protected by the renown Corning Gorilla Glass and can be set to resemble a true wristwatch. Pebble has also announced the creation of an app store to support the unit. The Steel will begin shipping at the end of this month and will retail for $249.00

4 - Intel Smart Watch

Yes that's right. The mega company Intel has made it clear in its' keynote speech at the CES this year that they want a piece of what is shaping up to be a very large wearable tech pie, revealing plans to "focus heavily" on wearables this year and introducing a prototype smartwatch which will incorporate "geo-fencing" and location based notifications designed to alert users when a target (child or family member for example), has left a specific location. Though only a prototype, Intel will proceed with plans to build and distribute a similar device this year.

5 - Razer Nabu

Being one of the slimmest and lightest devices on display, the Nabu was created by Razer, a company that made its' name in manufacturing peripherals for the computer. This device is actually a smartwatch/fitness tracker hybrid, dubbed a "smartband", which can display information regarding activity levels as well as notifications about texts, phone calls and social networks. It can also interact with another Nabu in very cool ways. Shake hands with another Nabu wearer and instantly exchange contacts on social networks like Twitter and LinkedIn. The Nabu can run for up to ten days on a single charge and will ship sometime this spring selling for under $100.00 dollars.

This is just a partial list of the companies and products that we can expect to occupy the wearable tech niche in 2014. There are many more offerings although which will rise to the top is a matter of time and testing.

Stay tuned for more on wearable technology and the future that it will bring us all.

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