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Wearable Technology Innovations Released This Year

Wearable Technology Defined

Wearable technology can be defined as smart electronic devices that can be worn as fashion pieces on the body as an accessory or implant, but which incorporate practical functions. There have been many innovations in the field of wearable technology applying to a variety of industries including sport and fashion.

Here we take a look at some of the best wearable technology innovations for 2017:

  1. Fitbit Alta HR

The Fitbit Alta is a fitness monitor watch that sports a slim and stylish design coupled with some outstanding features.  It comes with interchangeable bands for the more fashion-conscious fitness enthusiasts, and boasts a 7-day battery life.  Its only downside is that it is not waterproof, but apart from this it can be considered one of the top fitness monitors on the market.

  1. The Levi’s Smart Jacket

The release of the Levi’s Smart Jacket will happen in September this year, and is the first in the range of smart clothing from Levi’s collaboration with Google.

The jacket is marketed towards cyclists and will retail for $350 which is expensive for a standard jacket, but when you consider how new the concept of smart clothing is one can understand the higher price tag.

The jacket comes with a touchpad in the left sleeve which allows you to swipe and tap to control functions like music, cancel incoming calls, and tell the time whilst cycling or doing whatever activity you are busy with.  The battery life for the rechargeable tag is 2 days.

  1. Windows Mixed Reality

Up until recently, there have minimal options for virtual reality wearable devices, the most well-known being the Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive.  This year that is all set to change with companies like HP, Lenovo, Asus and Dell all launching VR and mixed reality headsets that don’t require the extensive computer setups that are needed to run the Rift and HTC Vive.  The headsets themselves are also affordable, and retail for around $299.  They offer inside out tracking, and can be connected to your computer using a single cable. These headsets could change the way we enjoy the online blackjack real money Canada options available, as well as just about every other game.

  1. Bloom Life

Bloomlife is a wearable sensor designed to be worn by mums-to-be throughout pregnancy, which calculates data by picking up electrical signals from uterine muscle contractions.  The Bloom Life measures and time contractions of these muscles., and streams this data to your iOS or Android device.

It can also recognize and monitor changes in contraction patterns throughout the final trimester which shows how a mother’s body is getting ready for the process of birth.

Bloom Life’s sensor is a far less cumbersome method of monitoring your body’s progress throughout pregnancy than the technology that was available even 10 years ago, and involved pregnant mothers to be being strapped to beds and covered in freezing cold gel.

  1. Apple Smartwatch Series 2

Any wearable tech list would be incomplete without an Apple Smartwatch on it.  The Apple Smartwatch Series to comes complete with GPS, waterproof capabilities, heart rate monitor and a battery that lasts for 2 days.  Couple those with Apple’s signature sleek design and fantastic display screen make the Apple Smartwatch Series 2 one of the premium smartwatches on the market today.

Bob Buskirk
the authorBob Buskirk
About 10 years of computer experience. Been messing around with electronics since I was 5, got into computers when I was in highschool, been modding them ever since then. Very interested in how things work and their design.
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