The incredible rise of the smartphone market was a phenomena that caught virtually everyone off-guard. Though cellular phones had been ramping up in complexity for nearly 20 years, the sudden jump in consumer demand from “dumb” to “smart” is virtually unprecedented; very few technologies have been so thoroughly adopted in such a short period of time. At the center of all of this was ARM, whose processors and architecture powered nearly every single phone at the heart of the smartphone revolution.

Now with mobile device sales stabilizing and devices approaching “good enough” status, the consumer electronics industry finds itself looking at the future and what comes next. Looking to repeat the smartphone revolution, all eyes are on wearable computing, which is looking to build off of the technologies and lessons of smartphones to start bringing some of that processing power and functionality into some of the smallest and most personal devices yet.

As part of the broader conversation and development of wearables, next week ARM will be holding their ARM Wearables Week event. For this event ARM will be focusing on the technical issues facing wearables and how they can solve them – processing power, battery life, and meeting those aforementioned needs while fitting the entire package in an acceptable form factor. With Cortex-M and mbed among the many tools in their portfolio, ARM believes that the technology is right and the time is right for wearables to take off.

Highlights of the week will include interviews with industry experts and the Wearables Week Webinar with Omate, which will be providing a case study for wearables by looking at the development of Omate’s products. ARM will also be doing teardowns of various wearable devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 Neo and LG G, to show how these devices are put together.

So be sure to check out the ARM Wearables Week website for the above and more as ARM continues to roll out new content throughout the week.

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  • yannigr2 - Saturday, November 15, 2014 - link

    I don't like sponsored posts also. I don't want to start thinking that Anandtech is mutating to Tom's.

    On the other hand, whoever is NOT using ad block, please raise your hands. Come one, come on, don't be shy.......... Ah!.... Three people in the back, two on the left and one in the front line. Someone else? No? I thought so.
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  • Mikemk - Saturday, November 15, 2014 - link

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  • maco - Saturday, November 15, 2014 - link

    I disable my adblocker on Anandtech since it helps supports them, and the ads aren't obnoxious. Reply
  • skoondi - Saturday, November 15, 2014 - link

    I tried for a couple of months but the animated ads are just too distracting and that was that, the internet is so much more enjoyable with ad blocking. Reply
  • mkozakewich - Sunday, November 16, 2014 - link

    I've never used ad-blocker. I've got plug-ins disabled until I click on them (which screws up a rare site here and there), so it's either a flat image or a grey plug-in box. Reply
  • lazarpandar - Saturday, November 15, 2014 - link

    Anandtech has always been, and continues to be, one of the most professional consumer tech blogs. Not only is this sponsored post clearly labeled and non-obtrusive, it's actually fairly interesting to boot. I (like everyone else) use an ad blocker because of obtrusive ads, this is not one of them. Reply
  • Mr Perfect - Saturday, November 15, 2014 - link

    It might be nice to say who sponsored the article at the top of it. It seems pretty apparent to me that this one came from ARM, but that might not be correct. There might also be sponsored posts where the purchaser isn't apparent, but would change people's view of the article(shill posts, smear campaigns, etc). Reply
  • jjj - Saturday, November 15, 2014 - link

    Ok so Anandtech is corrupted and doing sponsored articles but the guilt is also with the paying side so BAD ARM!.
    If publications have no ethics ,you (ARM) can, just stop doing it.
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  • garbagedisposal - Saturday, November 15, 2014 - link

    Then stop reading. No one will miss you, idiot. Reply
  • mkozakewich - Sunday, November 16, 2014 - link

    Wearables seems like it should be the last bastion of low-overhead, slim programming. We've seen phones balloon out into big monstrous things that struggle to last more than a day on a charge, and that's kind of leaking into the wearables space with things like Android Wear. If that continues, I actually don't think it'll explode like smartphones did. It'll kind of trudge onward until advancements give it the capability it needs.

    Like how tablet computers used to be thick, heavy, crippled systems with poor performance and low battery life, and now are barely distinguishable from normal laptops. The first smartwatches are chunky and short-lived, and it might take ten years before we finally see someone reinvent them.

    Other wearables could be pretty exciting, though. I'm talking about tiny little things that weave into your personal attire and perform fixed sensory tasks. They'll require a completely different type of UI thinking. This is the kind of thing you can write really bad science-fiction out of if you ham it up too much.
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