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March 26th, 2014

Wearables that don’t suck- in London

At Mobile World Congress and CES most of the wearables we saw were either fitness gadgets that we’ve seen before or smartwatches that most people wouldn’t want to wear even if they were free. This week at the London Wearable Technology show, it got a bit more interesting.

This is some of what we saw:

Kiroco
The world’s first interactive jewelery, Kiroco allows users to use their necklaces and bracelets to view private visual messages on their smartphones via a custom-built app. The jewelery is designed for men and women and connect to the app via bluetooth. Messages can consist of text, images and even videos. Prices start at about 150 USD.

Find out more on http://www.kiroco.com/

What do we think?
Great concept showing that wearable technology can look beautiful, come in any shape or form and integrate in a seamless way with our daily lives. Possibly not a mass market product, but definitely a winner in the category.

SunnyCam
You want to record audio and video without anyone noticing? The SunnyCam allows you to record High Definition 720p video and take photos discreetly between your eyes. Great for recording on the move or when performing activities requiring the use of two hands.

What do we think?
Discrete and works well based on specification. The question is whether this is really wearable smartphone technology as it only connects through USB. A GoPro camera will deliver better quality.

AiQ Smart Clothing
AiQ smart clothing is the future of sports monitoring, and possibly medical monitoring as well. The technology replaces wristbands and other strap and stick on sensors by simply integrating them into the garment. No more gadgets to worry about. It’s right there in the clothing you’re wearing. These sensors pick up basic personal data such as heart rate, respiration rate and skin temperature and sends it to your smartphone using Bluetooth.

What do we think?
The AiQ technology is not available to purchase yet but the technology is already being used in trials by professional athletes. Smart clothing will definitely play a role in sports and health care in the future and AiQ is on the forefront of these technologies.

Reemo Gesture Band
What if you could control your home’s lights, door, window shades and other aspects of your home with a simple gesture? Reemo is a wrist-worn technology that empowers users to interact with electronics around them through gesture. The wrist band works with a receiver to send signals to the electronics. This could potentially benefit people with and without physical disabilities.

What do we think?
It’s simple, looks pretty nice and does what it says. This is a first generation product but we think there will be a lot more interesting wearables and gadgets leveraging gestures so stay tuned for more.

Finally, there were the wearables that you won’t want to be seen wearing like Vrase, Kopin Golden-i 3.8D, SnapWatch, Optinvent Ora and still, Google Glass. Sorry guys, but these won’t win any fashion design awards.

 

 

Tags: wearables

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