After years of carrying around smartphones, computers, and more, you can now just wear them. From Sony’s SmartWatch 2 and glasses by Google to a sweater that takes your mood and wristbands to track your every movement, wearable technologies appear to be growing in popularity. In 2012, the market for these products totaled almost $9 billion and that’s expected to grow to $30 billion by 2018, according to an Associated Press report.
Here are some of the technologies you could be wearing in the near future. Next
Samsung Gear 2
Samsung unveiled two new computerized wristwatches on Feb. 23.
Both devices have fitness features.
The new Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo will have a heart rate sensor, a pedometer and various tools to measure exercise, sleep and stress levels.
Samsung's first Galaxy Gear smartwatch came out last fall amid much fanfare, but it landed with a thud in the marketplace. Next
Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch
Shipped: Oct. 2
Screen size: 1.6 inches diagonally
The first Galaxy Gear smartwatch came out last fall amid much fanfare, but it landed with a thud in the marketplace. Samsung and its smartwatch rivals had failed to persuade many consumers that they need to be able to constantly check messages from their wrists.
The Gear works with the 5.7 inch Galaxy Note 3 phone, which costs another $300. It uses Google’s Android operating system.
The device is meant to act as an extension to a smartphone by alerting users to incoming messages and calls on its display screen. Its strap, which comes in six different colors, can be used to shoot photos and videos.
Apple applied in June for a trademark in Japan for “iWatch,” fueling rumors that the company may be developing a wristwatch. Observers believe Apple would create a smart watch that would run on a version of the operating system that powers the iPhone and iPad.
The Associated Press reported the trademark application isn’t proof of Apple’s intentions as the company holds many patents for devices it will never produce. Next
FitBit Force wristband
Ships: Under recall
FitBit announced in February that it was stopping sales of its Force wristband due to reports from users of skin irritation.
The wireless wristbands track your daily activities, like steps, stairs climbed, and calories burned. This model is the first-ever wristband fitness tracker to include an OLED display.
The company’s older Flex model costs $99.95. Next
Nike Fuelband SE
Shipped: Nov. 6
The latest version of the activity tracker includes the new version of Bluetooth so the device can sync with the iPhone 4S and later models in real time. Fuelband does not have an app for Android devices.
One real-time syncing feature called “Win the Hour” encourages frequent movement by sending notificatons that you’re not moving enough to Fuelband’s display or to an iPhone. Next
Ships: Next year
The early wearers of Google Glass competed in a contest to win the right to purchase the specs at a cost of $1,500 each.
Consumers can submit an application to test the device for $1,500 plus tax.
SENSOREE is planning a limited edition run of 100 mood sweaters that is available for pre-order. The sweater has sensors that read “excitement levels” using technology based on a classic lie detector test, according to the company’s website. The readers are then translated into colors ranging from an aqua shade for calm to a pale yellow hue for bliss.
The sweaters were featured at a fall fashion show in San Francisco that highlighted digital technology. Next
ORA-S augemented reality glasses by Optivent
The device includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, front facing camera, 9 axis motion sensor, ambient light sensor, microphone, loudspeaker, and a high capacity rechargeable battery. Next
Ships: Now available
Qualcomm displayed “Toq” at the Upling 2013 conference in San Diego in September.
The device works with Android smartphones and can play music and take phone calls and messages.
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