The Future of Wearables: Back To The Future

future of wearables episode 10

Episode 10 of The Future of Wearables podcast features wearable technology pioneers Rob Tow and Brenda Laurel. During their conversation with host Heather Schlegel at their home in the Santa Cruz mountains, Tow and Laurel discuss virtual environments, emotions and robotics – going “back to the future” to discuss the early days of their work at Interval Research Corporation in the 1990s. Interval Research was a Palo Alto laboratory and technology incubator focusing on consumer product applications and services with a focus on the Internet, founded in 1992 by Paul Allen and David Liddle.

If you’re curious to learn “where it all began” for wearables — you won’t want to miss this episode! And read on for two examples of Sourcebits making the future a reality with innovative mobile apps for video communication and mobile retail. One of them even needed Steve Jobs’ personal approval to launch. (Which it got.)


The Sourcebits Take: Making The Future A Reality with Innovative Mobile Apps

Our award-winning portfolio has a reputation for innovation and making app history. Need big ideas for your small screen? Our consultative approach will stretch you to explore creative solutions, then reign you in to meet business needs. Here’s a look at two highly innovative apps we built for previous mobile app design and development clients.

Knocking — one of the first mobile video chat apps

Four years before Apple came out with Facetime video chatting in 2013, Sourcebits — along with Brian Meehan — set out to create a live video streaming app called Knocking. Launched in 2009, Knocking let you share footage from your smartphone camera with friends who also had the app. The video call functionality worked over Wifi on both iOS and Android. This mobile app was so ahead of its time (and pushed the iOS rules) it needed Steve Jobs’ personal approval to launch. We got the go-ahead.

Fossil.Life.Style. — interactive mobile shopping app

Fossil's social shopping app.

We changed mobile commerce for Fossil with Fossil.Life.Style – an iPhone app for shoppers to discover Fossil’s entire vintage-inspired clothing and accessories collection with an easy-to-use social shopping app. Users could even snap a picture of their wrist to virtually “try on” Fossil watches. This interactive, responsive experience was an industry first, and boosted sales for Fossil.


We love working with clients that seek our mobile design and app development services – and they’ve asked us to create awesome apps for the wearable tech market. A great example of a recent project: Vuzix and their enterprise smart glasses.

If you’re thinking about entering the wearable tech market or have an existing app that you’d like to reimagine for the Apple Watch, smart glasses or other devices – you’ve come to the right place.


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Piotr Gajos, Chief Innovation Officer

Piotr is Sourcebits Chief Innovation Officer. A 2006 Apple Design Award winner, Piotr draws much of his inspiration from film and music, and focuses on leading our Innovation Strategy Workshops, generating new ideas for Sourcebits, and consulting on projects.