The latest ‘wearables’ out of CES 2014
To start 2014 off with a bang, wearable technology (or ‘wearables’ as our fellow tech nerds have been calling them) is all the rage at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. We had a feeling this was going to be the year of wearable tech but didn’t expect them to come in this hot. Some of these products even have a projected delivery date for the public within the year.
Holy Smart Watches and Fitness Bands
I’m going to lump these all together because there’s just way too many of them to keep track of at this point. There’s been lots of hype for the past two years that Apple is coming out with a Smartwatch. We won’t hold our breath since that rumor is the never ending gift. But in all seriousness there were some pretty cool ones that debuted at CES:
This actually looks like a nice, high-end timepiece. It allows you to receive your text messages and email notifications through it. Which is neat, but wouldn’t you rather just look at your phone?
There are two screens to this device that allow you to access information about your daily activity levels and also provides readouts from your text messages and social media streams. It connects to either an iPhone or Android and doesn’t seem as bulky as some of the other competitors.
This bracelet helps you track your UV intake by providing a UV-tracker and accompanying app to help better manage your sun exposure. It tracks your habits daily and reminds you when to apply sunblock or wear a hat/put on sunglasses.
Avegant Glyph “Virtual Retina Display”
CEO & Co-Founder Edward Tang explains that the Glyph is different from other display technologies because “there is no screen at all, the images are projected directly on your retina.” We’re still waiting on the Oculus Rift to come out, but that’s not projected until at least 2015.
The Glyph is a mobile ear and eye display headgear. It is intended to use for movies and games and does display 3-D content. There are two modes for this wearable. When the eyewear is folded up it is intended to be used just like normal earphones but when flipped down the headset projects a 1,200x800 display directly onto your retinas.
The Avegant Glyph uses an HDMI 1.4 cord and it can connect to iPhones, Androids or basically any other device that is HDMI compatible. It is projected to cost $499 and we should see a sleeker version come out when it does go mainstream.
Also one of the earlier prototypes of this product bears a striking resemblance to Wall-e:
Lumo BodyTech's Lumo Lift clasp
Guilty sloucher right here. Lumo Lift helps you out with this bad habit by sensing when you are slumped over. You can even put Lumo Lift in “Power Up” mode which will gently vibrate to remind you to stop slouching. The magnetic clasp allows you to clip it on almost anywhere on the upper body so it doesn’t have to be another one of those obnoxiously obvious wearables.
The Lumo Lift pairs with an iOS app which tracks your entire day of slouching, walking, running and even studies and remembers your daily patterns. It is available now for pre-order at $69.
Epson's Moverio BT-200 smart glasses
At $699.99, Epson’s newest model of smart glasses is cheaper than Google Glass. The Moverio BT-200 is a much sleeker version of its predecessor, the Moverio BT-100, and it comes with an Android-powered handheld touchpad input device. I feel like this is where they may have fell short because it looks awfully silly to be constantly tethered to a cord attached to an Android.
It’s designed so that passerbys can’t see what’s on the user’s screen—which is a tiny LCD-based projection lens system and optical light guide installed left and right. It digitally projects content onto a transparent virtual display at 960 x 540 resolution in the center if the wearer's field of vision.
Voyce sensor-packed collar
I don’t know about you but my Chocolate Lab has definitely packed on the pounds over the years. Even he can count his steps with this new collar. The Voyce measures your dog’s step count and resting activity and compares it to breed averages. There’s a phone app that helps you monitor the data real-time—so you can see how lazy he’s being even when you’re not there.
They’ve seemed to think of something for just about every body part and the ones they’re missing? Well, it’s only a matter of time. Maybe we should all just get an Iron Man suit and call it a day.
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