Wearble technology devices
With the wave of technological advances made over the past decade, people wonder what the next, great innovation will be. Companies including Google, Samsung and Sony have made significant breakthroughs with wearable technology -- digital devices people can put on their bodies and interact with in various ways. Wearable technology can be used to track fitness and health information, stream movies and TV shows and even receive phone calls.
Google Glass is a head-mounted wearable computer able to browse online content, capture photos and record HD video. Google Glass recognizes voice commands, but can also be controlled with a touchpad on the side of the device. Glass has been in beta-testing since August 2013 and Google plans to market the device by fall 2014.
The Optinvent ORA-S is a wireless computer that allows hands-free operation of mobile applications. The ORA-S has two viewing modes: "augmented reality," where images are in the users' line of sight, and "dashboard," where images fall below the users' line of sight. Optinvent plans to release the ORA-S before the end of 2013.
The Sony HMZ-T3W 3D Viewer is a head-mounted visor that can stream movies and games into its high definition display. The HMZ-T3W also offers a 7.1 channel surround sound system and can connect to mobile devices. Sony plans to release this device in November 2013.
GN Store Nord's Intelligent Headset offers users dynamic 3D sound and hand-free access to smartphone application. The Intelligent Headset uses sensors to track head movement and adjust its sound depending on the user's motions.
Released in September 2013, the Sony SmartWatch 2 can communicate wirelessly with Android smarthphones and it features a 1.3 inch, 128 x 128 pixel OLED display with water, dust and scratch resistance.
Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch, pictured with the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone, was released in October 2013 and is able to send and receive emails and phone calls. The Galaxy Gear has a 1.63 inch, 320 x 320 pixel display and is equipped with a 1.9 megapixel camera built into the watch's band.
The Silicon Valley Peripherals multimedia G13 Smart Watch allows the wearer to make calls, listen to and record music or video, and access email. The G13 includes several standard Android applications.
The FuelBand SE is an updated version of Nike's FuelBand, released on Feb. 22, 2013. The FuelBand is able to track physical activity, including calories burned and steps taken, and relay the information to the user. The device is able to connect to smartphones. Nike intends to release the FuelBand SE in November 2013.
The BioMan smart shirt from AiQ Smart Clothing Inc. is able to monitor and track a person's heart and respiration rates, skin temperature and overall cardiovascular activity. The BioMan shirt was announced in September 2013.
The LUMOback Posture Sensor is able to monitor movements and coaches the user to improve posture by vibrating If the user slouches while wearing the belt. The LUMOback, when synced with an iOS device, can also keep track of daily activities such as walking, sitting and sleeping.
Shine is a wireless activity tracking device made by Misfit Wearables. The Shine measures a user's walking, biking and swimming activities and is able to sync up with a smartphone by touch.
DrumPants use piezoelectric sensors to transmit touch into drum sounds. Various sounds can be produced by tapping the pants in different areas. DrumPants can connect to a user's smartphone or computer via Bluetooth and export data to music editing software.
A product of Sensoria Fitness, the Smart Sock is a sensor-filled garment that can measure a person's steps, speeds and distances traveled and relay that information via Bluetooth to a smartphone. The Smart Sock is expected to be released in March 2014.
Nike's Hyperdunk+ athletic training shoes can track movement using pressure sensors located in the soles. The Hyperdunk+ shoes are designed to feed information to a user's smartphone to gauge workout and training efficiency.