n. A device that performs an action, such as transmitting data, only when a mobile computer or smartphone comes within range.
However, unlike wearables and hearables which move with us, nearables are static, comprising ordinary objects that become “smart” once a wireless electronic sensor which also works as a transmitter (such as a Bluetooth Smart beacon) are attached to them and start broadcasting digital data to nearby devices.
—Mark Curtis, “Wearables, hearables and nearables won't dethrone smartphones,” The Guardian (London), February 10, 2015
For instance, pick up the latest bestseller in your local bookstore and your phone will automatically display reviews. Try on a jacket in-store and watch the shelf display update with available style options and which purse matches best. Or even tag a sticker to a bottle of chardonnay in your fridge to be notified when it’s cooled to exactly the right temperature.

Estimote is introducing the term nearable as an intelligent object linked by a smart beacon with a rich SDK to the cloud.
—“Nearables are here: introducing Estimote Stickers,” Estimote, August 21, 2014
But as these nearables proliferate, what they do will become simpler and simpler: calling a phone number, showing me a bit more info (like the next train). I don't *need* an app for many of these nearables, a basic web page is MORE than enough.
—Scott Jensen, “On The New Edge Network and The Future of Local Commerce” (comment),, April 26, 2014
2014 (earliest)
Thoughtful article by @naveen about wearables vs nearables
—Chris Bolman, “Thoughtful article…,” Twitter, April 17, 2014
Another technology, that I think has a sexy new name is Nearables, also known as The Internet of Things, or worse, “The Internet of Everything,” is ready to take off.
—Mano ten Napel, “Are Hearables needed to fully realize Wearables and Nearables?,” Wired, September 01, 2014
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