Looking back on the world of wearables, it is growing and consistently filling the gap between technology and what we wear. From the very beginning, wearables started with fitness trackers, smartwatches as a mainstream. At the moment, it has blossomed into wearable devices that can measure, monitor, report on our health and support our live from the fabric of our clothings or even a patch into our skin. Let’s continue with WT | Wearable Technologies to figure out what highlights our world of wearables in 2016.
Apple Watch Series 2
Apple focuses on health and fitness in series 2. Apple Watch 2 is embedded GPS for runners without carrying iPhones. Additionally, the Series 2 is also waterproof and offers an array of swim tracking and metrics. What else’s? Apple introduced a new breathe app to help users relax. Apple is making a big play for sports watch owners.
The new Moto 360 is the best-looking smartwatch with a heart rate sensor. Along with the added customization to the design for men and women, it is comfortably fit on your wrist. As a result the battery life is from 1.5 days to 2 days depending on the size. It is water resistant.
The Portal is the combination of the advanced technology of a smartphone with the convenience and mobility of a wearable for active individuals and on-the-go professionals. It can be worn on either forearm and features no ports or cord connectivity, freeing your hands and pockets. Besides the handheld phone when you need, the Portal also offers a wearable device for you. No longer will you need to carry and connect a smartwatch, fitness tracker and smartphone all at once
Samsung Smart Clothing
The Korean giants Samsung is going big on smart clothing. They has already introduced their Body Compass workout shirt which monitors biometric data. They also offer a golf shirt in collaboration with Bean Pole Golf. The shirt can monitor weather and UV rating. Moreover, Samsung also has an NFC smart suit. The suit allows wearers to unlock their phone, swap business card digitally and set gadgets to the office and drive modes.
Fitness and health trackers
Fitbit Charge 2
Fitbit Charge 2 is worth being the best fitness tracker at the moment. It connects with the GPS on your phone, has a large screen to display your data. It is also a heart rate tracker and includes all new fitness features from fitbit blaze. This means you will find 24/7 heart rate monitoring (including resting heart rate), and the device will keep tabs on steps, distance, floors, active minutes, calories and sleeps. To help you stay active throughout the day, Charge 2 sends reminders to move that encourage you to take 250 steps every hour.
Garmin Vivosmart HR
Garmin is also a top choice for your healthy lifestyle. It is a heart rate monitor, automatic activity and sleep tracking and smart notifications. A plus is that the Vivosmart HR attempts to service functions of both a fitness tracker and a smartwatch. Therefore, you can view current and resting heart rate from the touchscreen.
VR Goggle and Glasses
This is the product of the Tokyo based Jins. The Jins Meme is worn like a normal pair of glass but bio-sensing tech is embedded into the frame to detect changes in a wearer’s eye and body movements to track and alert on safety, health and fitness. Moreover, the glasses can also track tiredness and alert drivers who may be about to nod off.
Whether you are stepping into your favourite game, watching an immersive VR movie or just spending time with your friends in VR, the Rift brings you the feeling that you’re really there. Additionally, Oculus Rift offers more immersive experience with Oculus Rift Earphones. The earphones are designed to reduce sound distractions while you are in virtual experiences.
Silent Partner is the hero to rescue our sleep. You no longer need to worry about disturbing your partner with your snoring. You can now both enjoy a quiet night and wake up feeling refreshed and raring to go. It is a lightweight, compact and non-intrusive smart patch. The patch senses the amplitude and frequency of the disturbing sound wave and in real-time broadcasts, a sound wave with an inverted phase. Based on the physics phenomena of destructive interference, the two waves line up, essentially cancelling out each other’s sound.
Lief –Smart Patch
The Lief is a smart patch to help us fight with stress. It is designed to initiate calming exercises when heart and breathing rate show elevated levels of stress. Since this patch is worn closer to the heart, it will be greater reliability due to stronger signal strengths. When the device determines you are under stress, it begins vibrating on your body guiding your breath to your heart’s restorative rhythm. Just exhale with each vibration. It takes only 3 minutes to improve your natural stress response with these breathing exercise.