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Google Glass, iWatch signal beginning of wearable computing era

Since Apple (AAPL) unleashed the iPhone on the world in 2007, the technology world has been in a fierce race for control of the mobile-computing market. Smartphones and tablets have dominated the sector, but other than improved phones and tablets there has not been a lot of new product innovation.

That is about to change. We are nearing a new age in technology, one that takes our mobile devices out of our pockets and places them on our bodies. Wearable computing seems to be the next big shift in technology. As you would expect, the two companies at the front of the new industry are Apple and Google (GOOG).

Apple is working on the iWatch, which could hit the market by the end of the year. Google is working on Google Glass, a pair of smartphone glasses, which the company has said will be available for purchase later this year.

Apple has not made an official announcement as to whether or not the iWatch will hit the market this year, but with Google having confirmed the launch of Google Glass coming before the end of the year it makes sense that Apple will also try to bring its wearable computer to market as soon as possible.

The products are very different in nature, but both aim to accomplish the same goal, allowing users to access information without having to pull their phones out of the pockets. Their launch will spur a major technological revolution which will eventually change the world as we know it… but which is the better buy for consumers?

Let's look at what both devices are likely to do.

Both the iWatch and Google Glass will most likely be able to tell time, provide basic search functions, give users instant notifications, and send emails. Theoretically, this will all be done hands free.

Now let's look at a couple of differences.

Michael Fowlkes

Michael Fowlkes is a financial writer who has been with the Fresh Brewed Media family since 2004. Over the course of his tenure with Fresh Brewed Media, he has worn many hats, including portfolio manager, options analyst, and writer. Michael received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in Accounting and got his start in finance working as a stock trader for six years at Chase Investment Counsel in Charlottesville, Va.