Wearable devices are accessories, clothing or tech gadgets with advanced technology that allow users to track their health, fitness, sleep, stress levels and more, and can even give individuals coaching advice to help them stay healthier longer. Over the past few years this category has exploded. Perhaps you’ve missed some new entrants to the market. Read on for YourHearing’s list of 2016 wearable trends.
WiseWear offers fashionable, easy to use wearables for seniors. Partnering with Wisewear to design the new line of luxury smart bracelets is Iris Apfel, the 94-year-old fashion icon. The WiseWear smart jewelry line, called the Socialite Collection, includes three different brass smart bracelets that come plated in 18-carat gold or palladium, a silvery-white metal. These bracelets can track activities and send distress alerts. Bonus—in case of an emergency, users can tap the bottom half of their bracelet to notify their emergency contacts with a text message and their GPS location. Wisewear jewelry is available from $295 -$345 at https://wisewear.com.
UnaliWear’s Kanega watch is currently in development. This waterproof watch allows users to get assistance at home or on the go. Features include on-call emergency assistance and medication reminders. The Kanega watch comes equipped with fall detection technology which tracks long periods of immobility combined with a lack of responsiveness and will call 911 or a user’s emergency contacts if it detects trouble. It can even help users find their way home if they get lost. Bonus—this wearable doesn’t need a smartphone, or a connection to a home based system. Kanega is available for pre-order at http://www.unaliwear.com/.
Apple Watch 2 is set to release soon—no date has been set yet—with several new features, including voice assistant Siri to help users play music, open apps and access information through the Internet. Users can store their music collection directly on the device, or stream their music to any Bluetooth-enabled speaker or headphones via Airplay.
Fitbit, known for its smart watches, is developing a monitoring wearable device meant to keep tabs on stress levels through sleep patterns, heart rate and other biometrics and will suggest ways to reduce them. Fitbit also calculates how many steps users takes in a day and has the ability to challenge friends based on each person’s activities for the day. Devices range from $59.95 for the Fitbit Zip to $249.95 for the Fitbit Surge. https://www.fitbit.com/
Moov Now by Moov is its second edition sports coach gadget designed for running, cycling, swimming and boxing but now with daily activity tracking and a much smaller design. Moov Now is packed with an accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer—movement sensors that enable it to provide coaching stats. Another bonus— Moov Now uses a watch battery rather than a rechargeable lithium, so it offers six months of battery on a single charge. Moov Now can be found at Best Buy, DICK’s Sporting Goods and the Apple Store for $79.99.
Jawbone Up4 is Jawbone’s latest wearable wristband that uses sensors to take your pulse and other physiological signals. The sensors send small electrical currents through your skin and measure the tissue’s resistance to calculate how many times your heart beats in a minute. The Up4 tracks all of your activity, including steps and calories and syncs the most current data to the app every time you open it. Bonus feature—users can use the Up4 to pay with their American Express card. Jawbone UP4 is available for purchase for $149.99. https://jawbone.com/store/buy/up4
TipTalk by Innomdle Lab, one of Samsung’s startups, is a watch strap users can attach to any type of watch and sync to their phones. Vibrations from the strap pass through the wrist until they reach your fingertips letting you take calls or listen to music by placing a finger on your ear. Tiptalk is described as the first all-in-one health-based chip—it has an electrocardiogram (ECG) reader to measure a user’s heartbeat, breathing rate, level of stress and more. Samsung announced they also produced a patch and a board using the same technology. TipTalk is expected to go on sale later in 2016 for under $100.
Thync and Muse have produced wearable headbands to help users relax, meditate and become more aware of their well-being. (May help with tinnitus to help relax which can sometimes minimize the symptoms).
Thync works by signaling nerves on the head and neck to act on the brain’s adrenaline system. These nerves then activate your body’s natural state of energy or calm—energy vibes to give you a boost by acting on your brain’s adrenaline system or calm vibes to help you relax by slowing down the production of stress. Thync is sold for $199 at http://www.thync.com/..
Muse, on the other hand, gives feedback on what’s happening in a user’s brain while they meditate, helping improve their meditation practice. Muse includes personalized tracking, motivational challenges and rewards to help individuals build a more regular and effective meditation practice. Muse is sold at Brookstone, Amazon, Best Buy and other retailers for $249 http://www.choosemuse.com/.
Ralph Lauren has introduced its PoloTech™ Shirt which tracks the user’s heart-rate along with other biometrics. The PoloTech Shirt works with an iPhone or Apple Watch. The silver fibers in the fabric read heart rate and breathing depth and balance, along with other key metrics, which are streamed to your device through a detachable, Bluetooth-enabled black box. Created exclusively for use with the shirt, the PoloTech App—available from the US App Store only—offers live biometrics, workouts and more. PoloTech is available for $295 at http://press.ralphlauren.com/polotech/.
Nuyu has produced a sleep system that works like your body’s sleep cycle. Place the sleep mat under your mattress sheet, and set your starting temperature using the nuyu app. The mat warms slightly to help you fall asleep then cools down to keep you comfortable and finally warms slightly again to help you wake up gradually. The nuyu sleep system is currently available on sale for $299.99 at http://www.healthometernuyu.com/.
Kokoon in-ear sleep headphones are designed to improve sleep quality and will launch in late 2016. Dubbed the ultimate sleep sanctuary, Kokoon helps you sleep easier by removing disruptions—it helps wake users up at the perfect point in their natural sleep cycle so they feel alert and refreshed. The more you use the Kokoon mobile app, the better it learns the best way to help you get to sleep. The Kokoon sleep sensing headphones are available for preorder for $229. https://kokoon.io/.