Wearable technology can offer you a way to more effectively interact with your environment, make better decisions, and surpass the existing limitations of using only your smartphone.
Lifestyle Tracking Wrist Band
There are individual apps that help you be healthier by tracking your activities, such as calories from the food you eat, your heart rate, and the distance you walked or jogged throughout the day. The apps work separately and you’re not given any information based on the collective results.
Jawbone offers you an alternative. The result of 115 patents, the Jawbone Up app and wrist band (called UP) gives you a way to seamlessly integrate all of your lifestyle apps into a feed that continuously monitors all the information you need to live a healthy lifestyle. You also benefit from health advice based on the collection and analysis of that data.
Here are a selection of the features offered by UP:
– Each stage of your sleep cycle is tracked, including your waking moments.
– A smart alarm wakes you up at optimal times every day.
– Every move you make is tracked including distance, calories burned, and active time.
– You are reminded when you’ve been inactive for too long.
– You are informed of the patterns in your day-to-day activities and offered insight on how to maximize your health.
Although there are already some covert options for taking photos via glasses, they have not made it into the mainstream. Chances are if you want to take a photo or video, you use a device that requires you to use your hands.
If you need directions, you grab a traditional map, if you’re old school, or use a GPS device or an app, like Google Maps. If you want to send someone a message, you grab your phone and either speak or text the message into your phone. If you want to know if your flight is running on time, you get your phone and check your flight times.
Google Glass provides a hands-free alternative to taking photos or videos, getting directions, sending messages, and getting answers to questions without having to ask them.
Runners have many useful options to choose from, in terms of pedometers and apps, that track every aspect of their run, such as Nike+ Running, but the technology is limited and not always accurate.
Sensoria socks offer something different than what’s currently on the market. The product has embedded sensors within the fabric that works in tandem with an electronic anklet.
The smart sock is able to analyze your digital footprint in real-time. As a result, you’re not only able to track distance, speed and calories, you can determine how well you’re running based on your balance and how you stand and run. A virtual coach uses the real-time data to give you advice on how to avoid injury and enhance your run.
The smart sock has received full funding on a crowdsourced website, which is currently accepting orders that are expected to deliver in March 2014.
Your phones are fairly large and clunky, noisy and breakable. Smart watches are starting to emerge or are in the works to address these issues and offer a solution.
The iWatch will offer a discreet notification option via a vibration felt on your wrist. You will have hands-free access to most of your smartphone features. It will likely have sleep analysis, finger print scanners and other health related sensors built in, and allow you to make credit card payments (without the necessity of having to use a card), get access to buildings, as well as other features.
The display will consist of curved glass that is flexible and durable.
Other product features remain uncertain, but reports suggest the screen will be 1.5 inches and may mimic a 90’ style slap-band.
Rumoured to launch either later this year or in 2014, the iWatch has 100 designers working to get the product to market.
Nokia Vibrating Tattoo
Currently, if you receive an incoming call or text to your smartphone, you hear a ring or notification sound and/or your phone vibrates.
In some situations, you don’t want your phone ringing or beeping, such as when you are in class or at work, so you put your phone on vibrate, however, the vibration might go unnoticed.
Nokia recently filed a patent that would offer you an additional option to how you receive notifications.
You will able to be notified of alerts, such as phone calls and texts, through a vibrating tattoo.
How will this work? A substance of ferromagnetic inks is sprayed or imprinted somewhere on your body, such as your arm, abdominal area or a fingernail.
Your magnetic tattoo vibrates when you receive an alert. You are able to customize the vibration patterns that get sent to your tattoo to distinguish between texts versus a low battery or phone call.
Will smartphones become a thing of the past? No, this does not spell the end of the smartphone. Many predict that smartphones will become increasingly important and act as an engine that drives wearable devices.Current Events, Kusic and Kusic Ltd., Technology