Most of 2016’s hottest wearable tech will likely be dominated by the growing craze of fitness technology. Fitbit and Qalo were just the start.
The Bragi Dash is an earbud/music player device/heart-rate monitoring piece of wearable fitness tech that’s even waterproof so you can sweat all over the place without worry. It started as a Kickstarter project, and now it’s ready for your workout.
It can stream or store music, too, so you no longer have to carry around your iPhone strapped awkwardly to your arm with annoying earbud cables swinging around. In addition to monitoring your heart rate and workout effectiveness, these little earbuds make you look super futuristic: no wires attached.
Samsung’s response to the slightly underwhelming Apple Watch is the Samsung Gear S2. It’s got a round, classically beveled face that rotates to enhance the user-friendly capabilities of the sleek new touchscreen features. It looks classier than the Apple Watch, the price tag isn’t quite as outrageous.
The reason the Apple Watch hasn’t taken off commercially is because it’s simply too expensive. It’s a status symbol of the elite and wealthy, and nobody wants to be caught wearing one just yet.
This one has been a long time coming. The Oculus Rift is what we’ve all been picturing as the face of the future for decades now. Virtual reality is finally going mainstream.
The Oculus Rift is a head-mounted display system, giving the user a 180 degree field of vision, and it’s capable of tracking your head movements so that you can look around. It’s about as realistic as any virtual reality system has ever been. This piece of wearable tech is going to no-handedly change the gaming experience forever.
Although it won’t be released until 2016, Blocks is working to customize the wearable tech experience to the user’s individual tastes. The concept revolves around users purchasing the main unit, and then adding on whatever features they want (without having to pay for the stuff that they’d never actually use).
This means that you can add a contactless payment sensor, an extra battery if you’re the forgetful type, a heart rate monitor if you’re a fitness junkie, or a GPS radio if you’re into exploring off the grid accompanied by music. Blocks is a great option for anyone who’s ever lamented all those unused features on their tech in a one-size-fits-all world.
This is going to be a staple at every baby shower from now on. The Mimo Baby Monitor is a cute little onesie that monitors your baby’s respiration, skin temperature, sleeping position, sleep and activity levels. The data is instantly sent to your smartphone with the accompanying app, and you can be alerted if there are any major changes to your baby’s body.
It may seem slightly overbearing, but it completely eliminates that overwhelming need to run and check on your baby throughout the night. Parents and their babies can both get a better night’s sleep.