Wearables are a growth market in technology with people queuing up to get tech strapped to their arms. In this blog, I’m going to look at some of the popular options for wearable tech.
Apple Watch Series 3
The Apple Watch is arguably the king of smartwatches and this third version has some improvements over previous versions. This version adds always-on cellular connectivity meaning you can use the watch in lieu of your handset. You still need an iPhone to set your watch up, however, so it isn’t quite an iPhone replacement. The watch works as a fitness tracker and heart monitor. This version even adds a new resting pulse rate monitor that wasn’t available in the previous versions of the watch. You can use the device for streaming music using an Apple Music account and with the latest WatchOS it syncs playlist automatically, making the whole music listening experience a bit easier. Still not perfect, but definitely the most full-featured smartwatch on the market.
LVL Hydration monitor
Though not released yet, the world’s first hydration monitor wearable is due for release in 2018. This device will consist of a wristband with the following features:
- Hydration – Using infrared light to measure water in your bloodstream the LVL will tell you when you should rehydrate.
- Heart Rate Monitor – A continuous heart rate monitor for checking your resting pulse rate as well as your pulse when you are training.
- Activity – Track your steps, distance travelled and calories burned.
- Sleep – Automatic sleep tracking and advanced REM and deep sleep metrics.
- Mood – The mood monitor input trains LVL to predict how your sleep, activity and hydration will affect your future moods.
The device is available to pre-order and it will be interesting to see what the take up is of it because I’m pretty sure the other smartwatch manufacturers will bring similar tech to their devices soon.
Magic Leap One
Augmented reality is going to be one of the biggest tech trends in the next few years and Magic Leap are leaping headfirst into it with their One glasses. The device will be a pair of glasses that allow you to see augmented reality. Using a digital light field that will blend light top make digital objects appear natural in our field of vision.
The applications of AR are wide-ranging, taking the web out of the screen and into the AR world, as though they are real 3D objects. For example, you could move your virtual TV around with you, and it will be where you left it. You can also open multiple screens to use in the AR world and gaming characters will feel like they are part of the world around you. Connect with others in physical spaces digitally, to allow new collaborations in the AR dimension. Your creativity will be unleashed by letting you create objects in the AR world, imagine having a sandbox with no boundaries (or sand).
These are just some of the top wearable tech products that I think will take off in 2018. Obviously, new tech is expensive so it might be an idea to make sure you blag a discount code too to ease the cost of investing in the latest tech.