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- 1 Awesome Wearable Tech Products/Gadgets
- 2 Matrix PowerWatch
Awesome Wearable Tech Products/Gadgets
The technology of 2017 promises a lot of new gadgets that offer features we wouldn’t have imagined twenty years ago. There are going to be wireless earbuds that connect to Siri, smart shirts that report the wearer’s heart rate, and smartwatches that can monitor hydration levels. Some of the most popular releases are listed below:
With personal safety devices like Nimb and Mangos on one hand and wearable payments coming to fashion line Ringly on the other, all it will take is one big name to get involved. One of Fossil’s brands, perhaps, or a tech company with a fashion partner.
New Balance’s RunIQ: Smartwatch
Developed by New Balance in partnership with Intel, Google, and Strava, the watch features built-in GPS and heart-rate tracking, plus smartwatch functionality via bluetooth-enabled on-screen notifications, the ability to track cadence and auto/manual laps, and a battery life that’ll get you through a marathon and then some. The Run IQ is compatible with both iPhone and Android phones and comes with the Strava app as a pre-loaded feature. It’s also set up to stream up to 50 GB of Google Play music directly from the watch, making it easier to leave your phone at home when you head out on a run.
Casio’s WSD-F20: Smartwatch
The WSD-F20 is a step up in design.The screen is a 1.32in dual-layer touchscreen LCD. It has a colour TFT with 320×300 pixels and then a separate monochrome LCD. These work together superimposed on each other, with the time always displayed on the monochrome layer and then apps on the colour LCD. This allows a plethora of different combinations of modes and functions to work together to give you the best possible visibility. It works very well and seamlessly.
A rubberised strap with diamond pattern detail sits flush with the watch itself, all of which contains the clever dual-layer LCD screens. The glass of the screen is anti-dirt coated, while at the bottom of the screen there’s a neatly hidden, water-resistant microphone.
Apple’s been quiet about its VR and AR plans, but every now and then something slips through like Tim Cook admitting he prefers augmented reality. It’s unclear what we’ll actually see from Cupertino, but we could see mixed reality smartglasses, headsets or Apple TVs. It makes sense: iPhone users are crying out to join in with any alternate reality they can get their hands on.
Google’s Android Wear duo
Google is set to take the fight to Apple, Samsung and the rest on the software and hardware front next year, with two of its own smartwatches made with a mystery hardware partner. Codenamed Angelfish and Swordfish, the circular duo are expected to rock both GPS and LTE. We’re expecting the new watches to land alongside Wear 2.0 in the early part of 2017.
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Fitbit Hardcore fitness metrics go mainstream
The days of wearables being called glorified pedometers are well and truly over. It’s time for heart rate variability (HRV), VO2 Max, metabolic rates and body composition to take centre stage. From Fitbit to crowdfunding startups, more biometric data will be available if you want to take your training to the next level.
This watch harnesses body heat to maintain its battery life. Misfit’s Swarovski Shine uses similar technology to maintain battery life; instead of harnessing body heat, this watch harnesses energy from the sun.
The Octopus: Smartwatch
A kids watch that takes time seriously, Octopus is seriously charming. Joy raised $778k on Kickstarter for this icon-based, routine-creating wearable that’s due to ship in March. Designed for kids aged three to eight, Octopus lets parents send visual reminders and gamify chores, plus it helps kids learn to tell the time. The charger even doubles up as a nightlight.
This smartwatch is designed for children between three and eight years old. The watch is designed to help kids learn to tell the time. Parents can also send children reminders, and the charger can also be used as a nightlight. This watch is expected to go on the market in March.
Garmin Forerunner 235
The Garmin Forerunner 235 has accurate GPS for tracking runs and a 24/7 wrist-based heart-rate monitor. It can track all-day activities like steps and sleep, and can display notifications from iPhone and Android devices. It’s water-resistant and can be worn in the shower or while swimming.
Samsung’s in-house incubator has a nice track record in innovative wearable tech ideas already with Welt, Iofit sports shoes and Sgnl’s smart strap all breaking out. For 2017 and beyond, we could see spin-off startups for projects like ItsyWatch, a wearable virtual pet for kids; LiCon, a photo based smart home control app and FITT360, a headband-style 360-degree camera.
The wellness smart home
Whether it’s sleep tracking devices or concerned AI hubs, our smart home is set to look after our health, and even mood, like never before. Air quality, light, noise and humidity are all up for tracking and with cutting-edge technologies working to position where we are in relation to smart appliances, our home should know what we need before we do.
ID wristbands everywhere
Disneyland’s MagicBand is just the beginning. Even if you don’t buy a wearable in 2017, chances are you could still find one round your wrist. At theme parks, resorts and festivals, bands like the Accesso Prism will mean virtual queueing – yesss – NFC payments, photo tagging and easy access to doors, turnstiles and lockers. We’re all VIPs now.
Trackers This wearable analyzes the sweat of the wearer. This fitness tracker monitors and informs the wearer of hydration levels per this analysis. There are also trackers to monitor the health of pets scheduled for release.
It might have taken Apple some extra work to get its wireless earbuds ready, but this is surely only the start of Tim Cook and company’s plans to join the hearable party.
Tech Temp tattoos
Whatever you like to call them, tech tattoos are a wearable tech trend waiting for their moment. With health, fitness and fashion experiments in temporary stick-on electronics bubbling under, we could wear conductive ink to prove our digital identity or a bio wearable to monitor heart rate and vital signs. The likes of MIT and Microsoft Research are onto something here.
Amazon Echo 2 gadgets
With fresh competition from Cortana powered speakers, it’s no surprise that the leaks have begun on the Amazon Echo 2 front. The latest reports signal an upgraded smart speaker featuring a 7-inch touchscreen with a modified version of Fire OS. A display could turn the Echo from an always listening assistant into the family home hub every tech giant wants to own.