Bright Future for Wearable Smart Devices?

This week’s Economist has a piece on Marc Andreessen, a founder of Mosaic and Netscape turned venture capitalist. One of the things he apparently believes is that there soon be drastic changes in realm of personal technology and “body area networks” with wearable smart devices.

[Full article (but this is just an offhand remark in it) is available here ]

For a sensor networking person, it is truly exciting to see a prominent VC share this vision of the future. Furthermore, it is also very encouraging to see how successful Nike+ has been with their model of combining personal wearable sensors and social networking. Energy — battery size and lifetime — are still limiting factors for wearable devices, making energy harvesting projects evermore exciting and timely.

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