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Welcome to the world of wearable computers. According to Forrester's Sarah Rotman Epps, in three years, wearables will be everywhere. “Wearables are proving their utility in numerous industries,” says Epps. “In the past year, consumer wearables such as the BodyMedia Armband and Nike+ FuelBand have proliferated in the health and fitness industries. This year, we’ll see wearables begin to break out of communication, health, and fitness to other verticals such as navigation, social networking, gaming, and commerce.” Here are some of the wearable products that you can buy now.
Lark Watch: This device awakens sleepers quietly and gently. It measures and analyzes the user’s sleep, evaluates sleep patterns with assessments, and coaches users about how to improve their sleep experience based on their sleep type. Cost: $99 and $159
WIMM Watch: WIMM One is the world’s first Android watch capable of running lots of custom apps, synchronizing with a user’s smartphone, and gathering the latest news and headlines from the web using its Wi-Fi connection. It has a small form factor, a color touch screen, Internet connectivity, and a custom app store. Cost: $299
I’m Watch: The first smartwatch — has everything your smartphone has. The I’M Watch has a 1.55-inch touch screen, Bluetooth tethering, and a 4GB memory card. The graphical user interface is minimal, clean, user friendly, and iPhone (plus other smartphones) compatible. High-resolution display has water resistant surface and screen similar to the iPod nano.
Pebble: Pebble connects by Bluetooth to your iPhone or Android device. Bikers and runners can access the GPS on smartphones to display speed, distance, and pace data (on their wrists or attached to bike’s handlebars). Use the music control app to play, pause, or skip tracks on phones with the touch of a button. Water-resistant! Rangefinder app for Pebble that works on over 25,000 courses world-wide. View current distance to the green on your wrist instead of on your phone. Cost: $99 (basic model, black)
BodyMedia FIT Armbands: Four sensors capture 5,000 plus data points per minute to track everything from calories burned, to steps taken, to levels of physical activity, to sleep. BodyMedia FIT Armbands provide an accurate calorie burn for users and the technology used has, according to proven clinical trials, resulted in an improved weight loss in users. Cost: $149 and $199
Nike+ FuelBand: Nike+ FuelBand measures and tracks your everyday activity using an accelerometer, then translates that activity into NikeFuel. It tracks running, walking, climbing, dancing, sports, and, essentially, every physical activity plus the calories burned while expending all this energy. Accompanied by a free mobile app to sync wirelessly, track your progress, and get extra motivation on the go is available for all participants, then users can compete with themselves or with friends. Cost: $149.
Orb Bluetooth Ring/Earring: O.R.B. (Orbital Ring Bluetooth) headset transforms from a ring to a headset with a simple twist. If you receive a call while wearing it as a ring, the OLED display lights up to alert you. Untwist the ring, clip it to your ear, and you're live. Deluxe edition features texts, calendar reminders, caller id, and more. Cost: $129 base model, $175
Novero Fashionable Bluetooth Jewelry Headsets: The Soho, Tribeca, and Victoria jewelry headsets receive and end calls with a push of a button. Each unit provides simple volume control, talk time up to 4 hours, Bluetooth, hands-free, proﬁle 1.5, supports active connection to two phones, easy pairing, and charges with micro USB connector. (Various prices)
Novero Madison: Personal video eyewear that comes with its own handheld media player, yet easily connects to other portable video players such as mobile phones and iPods for video entertainment in any environment. Unit is equipped with two OLED displays, QVGA (320x240-pixel), which provides a viewing experience equal to watching a 30-inch display two meters in front of the viewer. Stereo earphones, 3.5mm headset jack in player / internal headphones removable, micro-USB cable, 2GB internal memory with SD card slot for extension up to 32GB (up to 8 hours playback time), supports video formats MP4, FVL, WMV, H.264, MPEG-4, clip-on frame for corrective lenses, and printed quick guide.
Google’s Project Glass: Project Glass is wrap-around glasses with a clear display that sits above the eye. The glasses stream information to the lenses, which allow users to send and receive messages through voice commands. In addition, there is a built-in camera to record video and shoot photos. And, for those with eyeglasses, the device can rest on the rim of the existing spectacles, allowing the same functionality as the original wrap-around glasses.
Hands Free Wearables: Motorola's hands-free portfolio provides a flexible product line that supports text-only, voice-only and combination voice- and text-based applications, which empower workers that are scanning, picking, and sorting in high volumes to achieve new levels of efficiency and accuracy. With an assortment of wearable scanners including the tiny, lightweight 1D lasers and 2D imagers, which are designed to be worn on a finger, companies can select the scanner that best meets the needs of its users and their environment.
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