Many of us bought wearables in 2014. We counted our steps, our distance walked, our quality sleep time but something is still missing. Here are 6 great wearables that are going to enhance the wearable revolution in 2015.
Siemens Hearing Aid
Hearing aids are one of the most common wearables, and yet often overlooked for flashier newer devices such as fitness trackers and smartglasses. Siemens has designed a new hearing aid that allows the user to hear in demanding environments such as noisy restaurants, crowded parties and in windy situations such as on a boat or on the golf course. At the 2015 International CES, Siemens unveiled its smart hearing aid, their latest in wearable hearing technology.
The hearing aids can be discreetly controlled via both iOS and Android devices, with latest models clinically proven to outperform people with normal hearing in background noise. When two hearing aids are worn, Siemens’ new smart hearing aids utilise intelligent, two-way wireless communication to zero in on desired speech with pinpoint accuracy. This enables better-than-normal hearing in crowded situations like noisy restaurants and cocktail parties where background chatter has historically been a challenge. When paired with Siemens’ new easyTek app, a wearer can control the direction of the hearing aids’ microphones—front, left, right, or behind — to simultaneously enhance speech and suppress background noise.
While Siemens’ new smart hearing aids pair with virtually any iOS or Android mobile device for a custom-tailored listening experience, a smartphone is not required to make use of the new technology. The hearing aids continuously scan the acoustic environment and activate the most optimal settings for that particular listening situation. For example, if you are at a noisy family gathering, the smart hearing aids hone in on speech coming from the front while softening speech and noise from other directions. Later, if you are out walking the dog, they automatically adjust so you can enjoy the sounds of nature.
The hereO GPS smartwatch is the world’s smallest real-time GPS location device created specifically for children age 3 and up. Parents can know their children whereabouts anytime, anywhere. With historical locations, parents can track where their children have been throughout the day, reassuring that they have not visited any unsafe places.
The hereO watch works in sync with the hereO Family location app, which is also a standalone app that the entire family can use to share their whereabouts with each other. Family members share locations simply by running the app (on smartphones, tablets, and desktops) or broadcasting a check-in to a specific location.
The hereO smartwatch has already raised $215,647 of its $100,000. You ca pre-order the device here.
The Ring is a Bluetooth device that acts like a magic wand to allow the user to do everything with one gesture, such turning on music, playing games or controlling smart home devices. The Ring Hub is being introduced in March and it is an infrared remote control that works with the Ring.
Users of the Ring are given the ability to operate appliances within the home through waving their finger in the air, representing an efficient way of connecting smart home technology. Last spring, Logbar was able to raise funds of almost $900,000 for the product through the Kickstarter crowdfunding website. However, the company admitted that their first attempt in developing Ring was not perfect, starting with the size of the device.
The new Ring will go on sale by March, with Logbar stating that it is looking to set the device’s price at $130 (£90), which is half the cost of the original Ring. Logbar also unveiled the Ring Hub, which is an accessory that activates infrared communication. Through the accessory, users will gain additional features such as closing curtains, turning on TV sets and switching lights on and off by simply waving their fingers.
According to Logbar, Ring includes a micro vibrator, a 6-axis, acceleration angular speed motion sensor and a touch sensor. The device also features EEPROM memory and a built-in wireless device firmware update system. The battery of the device is a built-in lithium-polymer 3.7-volt battery, and promises a continuous usage time of about one to three days.
The continuous standby time of the device’s battery is about 18 days, with the charging time to fully charge the device at about three hours. Ring comes in four sizes and has a transmission range of about five metres.
Quell’s OptiTherapy electrode-driven technology uses non-invasive nerve stimulation to make this possible, allowing it to provide “100 per cent” prescription-free relief to anyone who uses it. The company behind it, NeuroMetrix Inc, says that Quell is capable of relieving different types of chronic aches, from nerve pain to lower back problems.
Here’s how it works: Quell stimulates the sensory nerves in your calf, then sends neural pulses to your brain, where they trigger the body’s natural pain relief response releasing endogenous opioids. Finally, these opioids send pain signals toward the delta opioid receptor, which is what triggers those tedious feelings, and reduces the amount of pain you are experiencing.
On a single charge, Quell is able to provide up to 40 hours of relief, while Bluetooth connectivity allows it to pair with an iOS device and to track your therapy as well as sleep quality. It will be available later this spring for $250(£160) — and it has FDA approval already, something that is always a good sign for any medical gizmo.
If you have tried other wearables, you know the typical breed has squared edges that bite into your skin when you sit at your office keyboard or roll over in bed. This is part of the argument against activity trackers—people will quit wearing them because they’re not simpatico with daily use.
Polar is trying to bust free of those limitations with the tiny A300, which has soft, rounded corners. While it is not as slick looking as some fitness smartwatches we have seen (like Garmin’s new Vivoactive), it is packed with a lot of the functionality you would expect from a brand that is synonymous with fitness tracking.
It is 100 per cent waterproof (most trackers are not); counts steps and also inactivity, hopefully prompting wearers to move after prolonged periods of sitting; analyses sleep patterns; has distinct fitness tracking settings; and pairs with Polar’s new app for deeper analysis of your daily activity.
It is a smartwatch with more fitness functionality than the average tracker—and it is about 15 per cent lighter than the M400 and has a smaller face. The A300 is scheduled to go on sale February.
The FitLinxx AmpStrip is a thin, waterproof device that tracks heart rate and activity around the clock with accuracy – all within a device as discrete and comfortable as a Band-Aid. It can be comfortably worn all day, every day. It easily sticks to your torso and automatically tracks heart rate, activity, exercise load, skin temperature and posture. It also provides critical fitness insights like resting heart rate and heart rate recovery.
The FitLinxx AmpStrip debuted on Indiegogo December 30 and has already raised $250,528 of its $50,000 goal. It will be publicly available in July this year.