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Internet trend guru expects a future of wearable tech

Synchronise your iWatches. The next big thing in computing will be wearable tech - and the accompanying drivable, flyable, and scan-able gadgets that come along with it - according to Internet trend guru Mary Meeker.

Meeker, a partner at Kleiner Perkins, was at the D11 conference recently with her trusty slide deck, filling us in what's big on the Internet.

While "people oftentimes laugh at new stuff" - like SNL poking fun at Google Glass - wearable tech will likely pick up where the smartphone leaves off, Meeker said.

The average smartphone user checks their device 150 times a day. "What if you didn't have to do that?" Meeker asked. A wearable device with sensors could be the answer.

Ultimately, wearable tech will get smaller and smaller, she said, with the technology currently available via Google Glass contained within something as tiny as an earring.

Going forward, the trend won't be restricted to clothing. It will also invade your car (like Google's self-driving car), the sky (drones), and any surface that can accept a scan, she said.

Though Apple has not yet confirmed plans to embrace wearable tech, Meeker said the Cupertino-based company and Google are "the two companies who are absolutely driving innovation." Microsoft, however, needs to get with the times and stop relying on what has worked in the past.

Apple chief Tim Cook was at D11 on Tuesday night, where he said that wearable tech was an interesting technology that could possibly have profound effects on the industry. But he declined to elaborate on how Apple might embrace the trend, and sounded less than impressed with Google Glass, which likely won't appeal to a broad base of users, he said.

With Glass, there have been concerns about privacy; will Glass users record my every move? One of the biggest themes Meeker has seen of late, however, is "unprecedented transparency" on the Web. "It's hard to hide," when all your activity is only a click away, she said.

In terms of oversharing, a recent survey asked Internet users in various countries if they shared everything or almost everything online. The world average was 24 per cent.

Maybe everyone will turn to Snapchat. Meeker said the service, which immediately deletes sent messages, has seen double in growth in the last two months. Twitter's Vine saw a similar uptick, she said, as did Dropcam and SoundCloud.

For more, check out Meeker's full presentation in the video above.