The wearable gadget industry has morphed tremendously over the last few years, and today it stands at a crossroads. The future of wearable tech seems to want to go in one of two distinct directions. One being a luxury item sold mostly to fancy women who step out of their Mercedes’ and fish for wads of cash in their Gucci handbags, and men with 63 pairs of shoes back home and a bit of money left to spare for some more boy toys. The other being a functional and mainstream accessory, affordable to most people. For now at least, the industry looks to be going in the former direction, but then there are those who are trying to bring technology to everybody. Here’s a roundup of the best wearables of all the different types that we can expect in the near future.
- Sony’s mysterious new clip on device :
With Google Glass being out of reach for most people who would like to keep their kidneys, the product is now fading into the background. Society already considers it to be elitist and creepy, and what’s more, Google Glass users have their very own nickname, Glassholes. Sony meanwhile, has been working on a device that clips onto glasses or sunglasses to transform them into futuristic Call of Duty style HUDs, and better still, they can be taken off after use, which means you won’t have to walk into the local bar repelling other human life. The device is expected to have a control board and Bluetooth capabilities, and allow projection of high resolution images in all light conditions. It is also expected to be a featherweight in its market, weighing in at a measly 40g, and that’s necessary since we wouldn’t want to accidentally block our nasal passage. The details of this product aren’t yet clearly out, so this could still swing both ways.
- Virgin Media’s KipstR :
Most wearables focus on health or accessibility, even fashion, so I’ve got to admit this TV recording wristband makes for a welcome change in the industry. This device senses when you fall asleep watching TV, and begins recording your show. I know it’s a very specialized product that essentially does the same thing your TV remote would, but thinking about all the missed Modern Family episodes, I think this deserves a mention, albeit a really short one. Moving on.
- Apple Watch
Possibly the most high profile feature on this list, Apple’s upcoming wearable will make an attempt to fuse technology and fashion into a small package, and sell to customers with a large one, since it is expected to cost around $300. There’s nothing groundbreaking going on here, with basic applications such as music and pictures, along with some health and lifestyle applications. We can expect an elegant and ergonomic build, something that Apple have a reputation for. It also seems to be a great alternative to strapping your iPhone around your arm and looking like a royal douche. What’s more, you can read messages from your phone on your watch, which is good when you’re running, or on a crowded bus or train. One thing’s for sure, the Apple Watch is going to be a mean device, and those with a little bit of fun money will definitely want to have it.
- Sony SmartBand :
I wouldn’t normally want to bore you with another FitBit in the sea of health and lifestyle wearables, which is why the SmartBand is special. On the surface it looks like just another gadget that you’d buy in early January just after you have drafted your new year’s resolution and vowed to start running, but it’s the little things that make this an excellent FitBit if you choose to go that way. Apart from the usual health and fitness mumbo jumbo, the SmartBand pairs with your phone and lets you control music through the band, although it does not have a screen so you would need to know your playlist well. Also, the band vibrates on recieving notifications, which is a welcome addition. What I like most is that it vibrates if it is too far away from the phone, so you won’t forget your phone in a cab or at a restaurant ever again. These little features make it a better option for those looking for a fitness companion.