Amazon Launches Store for Wearable Devices

July 3, 2014

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. cater [KEY-ter] (v.) – to offer service for something or someone
Example: The program will cater to those who wanted to learn English as a second language.

2. dedicated [DED-i-key-tid] (adj.) – being reserved for a specific use
Example: This dedicated train section is only for senior citizen passengers.

3. encounter [en-KOUN-ter] (v.) – to meet or see something or someone, usually in an unexpected way
Example: You will be encountering a lot of difficulties in the future.

4. refer [ri-FUR] (v.) – to go somewhere for information
Example: The teacher said I should refer to the dictionary whenever I don’t know a word’s meaning.

5. trend [trend] (n.) – current style or something popular
Example: She is always updated with the latest trends in fashion.


Read the text below. has recently opened a store that caters to those who are looking for wearable gadgets.

The Amazon Wearable Technology store is an online shop dedicated to health trackers, smart watches, cameras, and other devices made with sensors. The store aims to make the online shopping experience easier and simpler for customers who are looking for wearable gadgets.

The gadgets are divided into five classifications: fitness and wellness, healthcare devices, wearable cameras, smart watches, and gadgets for pets. Among the wearable gadgets that can be found in the Amazon Wearable Technology store is Samsung’s new lineup of Gear 2 watches and activity tracker.

Google’s smart glasses can also be found in the store, together with the trending GoPro Hero 3, Sony’s Action Cam and Pebble, and Qualcomm’s Toq. Some of the devices can even be bought with a discounted price.

Like other Amazon dedicated sections, the link of the store can be found on the main website. Online buyers will encounter sections like the New and Featured Products, Editor’s Corner, Featured Brand, and the Learning Center.

The New and Featured Products will contain the latest news about wearable gadgets. Buyers can also refer to the Editor’s Corner if they want to know the new trends in wearable devices.

On the other hand, buyers who wanted to know what wearable gadgets could fit their lifestyles can refer to the Learning Center. From there, the buyers can choose to visit the Buying Guides section wherein they can compare the different wearable devices. Buyers can also visit the Video Library, where they can watch educational videos about the gadgets.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         Would you consider buying gadgets in Why or why not?
·         Are wearable devices popular in your country? Why or why not?

Discussion B

·         Why do you think some people prefer shopping online?
·         Which do you think is better, a retail store or an online shop? Explain your answer.

July 3, 2014