Technology – just wear it!
What a brave new world we live in.
We’re no longer tied to our desks, our offices or our homes to enjoy the latest developments in health monitoring, exercise, sleep analysis and many more wondrous things.
You can charge your smart phone from your backpack or monitor how much sunbathing you should be doing.
Check out our five favourite pieces of wearable tech on the market.
1. Apple watch – Of course this has to be up there, Apple have sold nearly 3 million of their first smart watch. Apple Watch is the most ambitious, well-constructed smartwatch ever seen, but first-generation shortfalls like one day battery life and make it feel more like a fashionable toy than a necessary tool. Much like the iPhone, functionality and reliability will no doubt improve with each update.
2. BauBax Jacket – Essentially a multitool in the form of clothing, the BauBax Jacket’s features include a neck pillow and eye mask built into the hood, gloves built into the sleeves, a built-in microfiber cloth for cleaning glasses and/or touchscreens, and a zipper that doubles up as both a pen and stylus. The pockets are all designed with a particular purpose in mind, such as holding a can of drink, keeping earphones free of tangles, and accommodating a tablet, a smartphone, sunglasses, and a passport, respectively. The garment will come as a sweatshirt, a windbreaker, a bomber, and a blazer, each of which is available for both men and women.
3. Dot, the “world’s smallest Bluetooth headset.” Currently at the working prototype stage, the headset will reportedly connect to up to eight devices at once through the energy-saving Bluetooth 4.0 protocol. Its developers say it will also feature a single multifunction button that you can tap to answer a phone call or hold to activate Apple’s Siri, given of course that an iPhone is connected. The only problem with the Dot is t will reportedly only work for one hour of listening to music or 90 minutes of talk time.
4. Skugga Shades – These sunglasses tint on demand. Electrochromic sunglasses are similar to traditional photochromic transition eyeglasses, in that their lenses automatically switch from clear to tinted when exposed to ultraviolet light. That said, while photochromic lenses take several seconds to make the change, electrochromic lenses do so instantly. Additionally, their users can switch between clear and tinted modes manually – this could be particularly useful in situations such as driving, in which photochromic lenses won’t darken because they’re shaded from the sunlight.
5. Muse – Muse is a slim-line head piece which aims to help users train their brains to become more focused and less prone to distraction. It is similar in that sense to some existing brain training apps, only with the ability to provide visualizations of what is actually happening inside users’ heads at any given point during their sessions.