Tech Togs: Aim To Alter Mind, Body
Apple did not stop at only iPhone touch-screen phone in the market so did not other mega companies, as they decided to sink their teeth in the market of advanced technological gadegts. So, the recent launch of the Apple Watch may be just the impetus required for wearable technology to receive widespread acceptance. The idea of gadgets being embedded into clothes, watches, and glasses has until recently been confined to science fiction, but that’s changing, and fast. Tech companies and lifestyle brands are coming together like never before to take technology out of our hands and put it into things we can wear, whether on our wrists, in our glasses, or as headgear. Here’s a look at some of the most exciting wearable gadgets.
It is the most obvious application for wearable tech, so the fitness space was the first to see a proliferation of wearables that do everything from tracking your heart rate to reminding you when it was time for a run.
SMS Audio BioSport
It is a set of earphones that also tracks your fitness. It uses optical sensors to monitor heart-rate, while simultaneously cancelling noise caused by body movements.
Xiaomi’s Mi Ban
It tracks your steps and calories burned. It gives you reminders, analyses your sleep patterns, and vibrates to wake you up in the morning.
Everyone’s talking about Smartwatches right now. The way things are going, they’re only going to get smarter and slicker in the near future.
It isn’t quite a shrunken down version of the iPhone, but it’s got that familiar touch. It is very much a watch first, but with a whole host of ‘smart’ features packed in. It uses a combination of the ‘digital crown’ and Retina touch display.
It is a platform for smartwatches that have so far powered the likes of Moto 360, LG Watch R and Sony Smart Watch 3. It offers certain features you won’t find on the Apple Watch like Wi-Fi, wrist gestures and custom watch faces.
Samsung Gear S
With 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support, it has ability to make and receive calls and texts. It aims to free you from your smartphone.
While fitness trackers and smartwatches are already gaining mainstream acceptance, the realm of augmented reality and virtual reality headgear remains a bit of a question mark, but here are a few devices.
Sony Project Morp-heus is designed to work with the PlayStation 4 and Play Station Vita and has been praised for its VR quality. Sony will likely expand its usability into other areas.
Microsoft Holo-Lens is the first fully untethered, see-through holographic computer. It enables high-definition holograms to come to life in your world, seamlessly integrating with your physical places, spaces, and things. We call this experience mixed reality.
More Wearable Tech
Skully: A crowd-funded motorcycle helmet with a heads-up display.Nixie: A wrist band that’s also a drone. And it takes selfies.
Whistle: A wearable for your dog with GPS tracking and activity monitoring.