We wrote last week about the then-upcoming Glazed wearables conference in San Francisco. It upcame, and it upwent. The promise was to connect companies with potential investors — a laudable aim and one that almost by definition happens away from the public eye.
The problem with wearables conferences given the current state of the industry is that seem to focus on the fashion and not the utility. There are a couple of very good posts about Glazed on a blog run by my colleague Renee Blodgett. (The posts are by Renee and Steve Brehaut.) The splashiest thing was, of course, the fashion show — as it frequently is at these things — but the clothes in question seemed to be using the tech kind of gratuitously rather than being conceptually built in.
And certainly, sex is always the first application of any new technology, so we have this. Can you connect your Bluetooth headset while this is running?
I’m sorry I missed Glazed. But I’m hoping for the day when the fashion and the tech are the same thing, instead of each element using the other to sell itself.
(updated to correct authorship)