What was once a sci-fi fantasy is now a slowly emerging reality. Dick Tracy’s video phone wrist watch, clothing that can detect your mood, a hidden lapel camera; wearable technology aka “wearables” has suddenly become the latest tech trend, and it keeps getting cooler by the day.
There has been a huge influx of smart wearable technology ideas in the last couple of years. While many of them are diet-related, such as a bra that tells you when you’re eating too much to a spoon that lets you know if you’re eating too quickly, there are other wearables that detect more important things, and they have a solid chance at improving your life as well.
Check out the 5 interesting wearable tech products we’ve listed below.
One of the most popular wearables currently available is the Google Glass. These fantastic glasses display the desktop of your PC in the bottom right-hand corner of your glasses, allowing you to multitask like never before. You can use your pupils to explore your computer, text, make phone calls and take photos completely hands-free.
While some people may find these glasses distracting, travelers, artists, and anyone who loves wearable tech will find it to be a boon to their lifestyle. A pair of Google Glass will set you back around $1,500.
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Out of the latest wearable technology trends, CuffLinc is one of the newest. This unique and modern-looking jewelry acts as a link between you and the outside world if you find yourself in a situation. All you have to do is touch the microchip in the piece of jewelry and it will find you via the GPS tracker in the jewelry, which will send out your location to those on your notification list.
Even more so, it will vibrate when someone in your network wants to get a hold of you. This wearable technology only needs one ion battery to operate, and it’s available in a variety of actual jewelry pieces from the gold cuff and leather bracelets to necklaces with pendants.
Check out: CuffLinc
We’ve covered the Pebble Smartwatch before and were quite excited about the possibilities of it. Even though smartwatches aren’t perfect technology quite yet, this is one of the best out there.
It gives you quick access to important apps, like kick-starting voice navigation, and it flashes alerts when you’ve received a text or a phone call. You can even change the radio station while using your Pebble Smartwatch, which is great while driving.
Read more about the Pebble Smartwatch
Wearable technology that monitors your activity is another big area of the wearables world, and one of the best activity monitors available is the Fitbit Force.
This sleek wristband tracks all of your activity, from how many steps you’ve taken to how many calories you’ve burned and how many minutes you’ve been active throughout the day. It can also sync wirelessly, sending your data to sites like Sparkpeople.
Not to be outdone, the Fitbit Force becomes a sleep tracker at night, tracking your sleep intervals and waking you up at the perfectly right time. It also can silently wake you with a vibrating alarm, making it perfect for couples who wake up at different times.
Read more about the Fitbit Force
For those who love taking photographs and capturing unique moments throughout the day, the Narrative Clip is a 5 megapixel tiny, automatic camera that you can clip you your lapel or front-pocket and takes a photo every 2 minutes.
Called a “searchable photographic memory,” the Narrative Clip is part of the candid photography trend and bills itself as the world’s smallest camera. Weighing only .7 oz, it’s dang close.
What’s even more impressive is that the Narrative Clip has a storage capacity for 4,000 photos and the battery life to the last two days. When you’re ready, you can upload your images to the cloud wirelessly.
Check it out: Narrative Clip
Wearable technology will only continue to get better and more mainstream. We’ve already seen Google and Microsoft try their hand at a wearable technology, notably the smartwatch, and now Apple fans have something to look forward to as well. Apple’s iWatch, their own version of the smartwatch, is scheduled to be released sometime in mid-2014.
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