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Brits sceptical of wearable tech hype

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Three quarters of Brits can’t see how wearable technology will make their lives easier, according to the results of a survey published this week.

The nationwide study of more than 2,000 UK adults explored people’s perceptions towards a selection of innovative technologies – including wearables such as the Apple Watch and Google Glass, connected home devices, artificial intelligence, driverless cars and 3D printers.

It emerged that wearable technology is currently at the bottom of people’s wish-lists, with just 25% of respondents believing wearable technology has the potential to make their lives easier.

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One in 10 even said that wearable technology would make their lives more difficult.

The research was carried out on behalf of Hive, the British Gas-owned company that lets people control their heating and hot water via their laptop.

The company said that “despite recent hype”, many Brits are yet to be convinced of the benefits of wearable technologies.

Not surprisingly it was keen to point out that more than half (56%) of those polled think connected home technology will have a positive impact on their day-to-day lives.

Kassir Hussain, director of British Gas connected homes, suggested the scepticism over wearable devices might just be a short term trend.

“While this study suggests that people are yet to be convinced as to how wearable technology will benefit them, that’s not to say that this won’t change,” he said.

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