September 9, 2014

Innovative Wearable Devices You Might have Missed

Unless you were hiding in your apocalypse-prepper bomb shelter checking the expiration dates on the MREs you stashed down there half a decade ago, you probably noticed that Apple debuted their new wearable device today – the Apple Watch. (Don’t you dare call it the iWatch!) While wearable devices are not exactly a new idea, it’s still a very new segment in the market designed to satiate our voracity for smart technology. In traditional Apple style, while they may not have been the first to market, they certainly set the bar way over the heads of just about every other wearable device manufacturer that rushed to exchange hardware for dollars.

Despite Apple’s heralded industry-leading innovations, there is plenty of innovation happening elsewhere in the wearables space. From health-monitoring trackers for senior citizens to seizure-sensing monitors for epileptics. What follows is a list of devices that have not stolen any spotlight, but still deserve a nod of appreciation for solving real-life needs with tech you can wear.

Kiwi Move

Scheduled to begin shipping fall 2014, the Kiwi Move is an activity tracking device that integrates with your smartphone. With software that works with both Android and iOS devices, the Kiwi Move tracks both high-impact and low-impact movements. The Kiwi Move offers both smartphone controls and gesture controls.

(kiwiwearables.com)

Zackees

Zackees offers electronic wearables for cyclists. The Zackees cycling glove features an illuminated turn signal on each glove. Whenever a cyclist needs to change lanes or make turns, they simply hold their hand up to display their LED glove. These wearable electronic gloves are meant to used in combination with traditional turning hand signals.

(zackees.com)

Cyclops

Cyclops offers a variety of wearables for adventure sports enthusiasts. Athletes can use the Cyclops goggles to capture video while they ski, cycle, snowboard, or surf. Cyclops also offers sunglasses with video and image capture capabilities.

(cyclopsgear.com)

Vigo

Vigo is a wearable device that notices when you are tired. By monitoring your eye-blinking frequency, Vigo is able to send you notifications if it senses that you are dosing off. Users are able to choose between vibration notifications, music notifications, and pulsing light notifications.

(wearvigo.com)

Athos

Athos offers wearable fitness garments. These garments can monitor your heart rate, your breathing capacity, and your muscle activity. Athos garments are completely washable.

(liveathos.com)

These lesser-known products are just a small sampling of intriguing innovations in wearable technology. We’re excited to see how this growing segment of the massive device marketplace evolves in the next couple of years.