Technology is jumping out of your pocket and on to your wrist. Discover the fabulous wearables we can't do without.
The top of the Christmas tree when it comes to wearable tech, Google Glass is expected to launch later this year and delivers a heads-up display for you to see hands-free. Although people are still trying to work out how to use it, so far suggestions have been from helping doctors to operate on people to taking pictures of your kids by blinking your eye.
By Stuart MIles of Pocket-lint.com
The Nike Fuelband is the most popular fitness band on the market and connects into the company’s Nike Fuel system allowing you to not only set daily goals, but also complete against your friends. The new Nike FuelBand lets you set sessions for when you exercise and connect to the accompanying app so you can see your activity throughout the day. £139.
The Kiroco Orb is a piece of designer jewellery with an NFC chip inside that allows others to send messages to you that can only be unlocked by the jewellery. Yes, you could simply send each other a text message, but where is the fun in that? If the Orb, priced at £125, isn’t to your liking, Kiroco make a range of different pieces starting from £25.
Samsung’s fitness band features a curved 1.84-inch Super AMOLED display, changeable strap, is water and dust resistance, and connects to your phone via Bluetooth. The intelligent band comes with a number of sensors including a heart rate monitor for when you exercise. It also supports notifications for SMS, call, email, and Samsung apps and third-party apps.
You can wear the Misfit Shine around your wrist, magnetically clip it to your clothes, slip it into a specially designed sock, or for any true fashionistas out there, wear it as a pendant. Like other fitness bands, it measures your exercise, connects to your phone, and lets you set daily goals to beat. You can measure your performance by tapping to reveal a circle of lights, which also doubles as a watch, on the disc device. £79.
This fitness tracker band works wirelessly with your phone via Bluetooth letting you track step and sleep activity, as well as, offering goals to keep you motivated. For example the “Today I Will” feature lets you set a daily goal from getting you to drink more water – which can be logged on the app – to a step goal or sleep time. All the data is shown in an accompanying app rather than on the band itself meaning you haven’t got yet another screen attached to your body. £125.
Not all wearable technology is about measuring your fitness. The Autographer is a camera that you wear that takes pictures when the sensors inside it realise something interesting is happening. That could be a change in temperature, colour, direction, acceleration and subject motion, and each triggers the shutter. Wear it on a jacket, around your neck, or anywhere really and see your life from a different perspective. £299.
Wearable tech is such a young category that there is still plenty of devices yet to launch. One of those is a circular smartwatch from Motorola called the Moto 360. Running Google’s new Android Wear smart watch operating system, the new device looks stylish, and the most watch like smartwatch we’ve seen to date.