7 wearable technologies you need to know about
You can really tell when a trend hits mainstream because pop-culture will start joking about it, such as a few weeks ago when the Daily Show mocked Google Glasses. However, all jokes aside, wearable technology is here to stay and more unique devices are popping that have value to various groups of people.
Wearable Tech concepts are spawning faster than bunny rabbits these days. It seems like every time you turn around there is something interesting being developed that you can wear on your head, wrist, waist or even as an insert to clothing.
So what is worth knowing about?
7 wearable technologies you need to know about
- Approach S6 Golf Watch – Garmin has progressed from providing turn-by-turn directions in a car to providing stroke-by-stroke directions on the fairways and greens. The Approach S6 looks like a normal digital watch that features a color touch screen interface, audio metronome and accelerometer. Built for beginner and advanced golfers, this device provides the ability to measure your swing tempo and tracks swing strength to allow a better understanding of how hard you actually hit with different clubs. Also included are color graphics for over 30,000 international courses and you can track your stats with an app coming to both Android and iOS.
- Sony SmartBand – This is the latest and greatest fitness tracker from Sony and they have put together one of the best package of options on the market with this band. While similar in look to the Fitbit Flex, the SmartBand incorporates some smart-watch features without really being a smart-watch. You can control music, keep track of movement, receive a vibration for calls, texts, or emails, buzz if you go too far (or forget) from your cell phone, is waterproof and has a micro-USB port. While you can’t answer calls, because there is no screen, it allows you to be more active while your phone is tucked away safely nearby.
- Google Maps – Google Maps and Keep apps have been updated to fully support the Android Wear platform which means there are custom notifications and extra functions available when connected to a compatible smart watch. That means the sensors and voice controls on the watch will be usable by the apps.
- Soundwave Watch App – Getting into the watch app market is going to be a smart move for a lot of developers. Team Soundwave jumped right into the thick of things by releasing a watch app to coincide with the Android Wear smart watches that allows you to track, share and follow streams of music when you are walking, jogging, or cycling all using the watch face.
- Glance – The first accessory that is geared to turn anything into a smart device is something called Glace designed by Kiwi Wearables. This little device can be tucked behind a regular watch band or decent-sized bracelet and synced with a smartphone. Not only can it last a week without charging, the Glance alerts incoming calls and messages along with tracking movement and acting as a remote for smart TVs. The project is still in the funding phase but there is a good chance it gets developed and used in a variety of ways beyond slipping it into a watchband.
- TouchT – Still in development, this gadget looks like the next big thing for people who attend events, conferences and networking events because it removes the need for business cards and phone contracts. It is a wristband that allows you to exchange contact information with a handshake. Additionally the app that works with the band will track how many people you meet and then help match prospects to needs.
- Spire – This new wearable tracking device literally tracks every breath you take and move you make. Stone-shaped in design, this little device attaches via clip-on to clothing close to the abdomen or chest. It monitors 10 characteristics associated with respiration and then interprets the data and notifies a smart phone app about problems like periods of stress or inactivity. It can even prompt you to take short, tension reducing breaks. It also provides feedback and suggestions for immediate solutions based on analyses. Based on a focus group, 70 percent of workers who wore it reported feeling more focused during work hours and less tired at the end of the day.
As you can see, across the spectrum there are devices and apps developed and being developed to take full advantage of wearable tech and mobile devices or apps. Often things considered only in sci-fi movies are getting closer to reality and honestly that is pretty darn exciting. Maybe you have the next big idea for a tech device or app that could change how some of the existing tech is being used.