Wearables: Fad or Here to Stay?

Wearables Fad or Here to StayThere’s a new trend capturing market attention in the Internet of Things (IoT). Wearables. Are we talking tech gadgetry garments designed to computerize your favorite looks? Kind of, but with a practical twist. Don’t wear or a watch and haven’t in years? No problem. These newbies are destined to make a splash this year. 

AmpStrip is one of the most uniquely designed 24/7 heart-rate monitors to hit the market. Their band aide-like strip monitors heart rate cycles using ECG sensors and all data syncs in real-time via Bluetooth.

Pros

  • Attaches to your body for up to 7 days.
  • No forgetful whoops heading out for a run.
  • Data transfer to mobile device is seamless.

Cons

  • Removal might sting a bit.
  • No WIFI? No data until within range.
  • Wears out within a month.

Fad factor? AmpStrip’s sleek, discreet feature most likely means it’ll survive long-term.

EMBRACE+ thinks missing calls, texts and emails (don’t forget Skype pings) is a bummer. No longer do you need to hold your smartphone to avoid missing a beat. The EMBRACE+ bracelet notifies you using light and tactile notifications. Think custom everything. Whether you want a green light cue, specific vibrate pattern or ring chime for each of your notifications, EMBRACE+ delivers letting you walk away from your smartphone without wondering if you’re missing out on updates.

Pros

  • Simple to set up.
  • Custom notifications.
  • Set your phone down and walk away.

Cons

  • Geeky, bulky design.
  • Plastic material is carnival-esque.
  • Bracelet notification market is weak.

Fad factor? The jury is still out. However, if EMBRACE+ retools their approach to decorative appeal, they might win over the masses.

Memoto’s Lifelogging Camera lets you capture photographs hands free. Worn on your clothing, this camera offers 5 megapixel 8 GB ram of resources allowing users to enjoy the party while snapping two photos per minute automatically. Who hasn’t grown weary having to watch the fun behind the camera? Parents will love this camera chronicling those tender moments minus the fuss. What about on/off buttons? Forget about it. Once worn, the device automatically begins doing its thing. What’s nice is that the battery last two days and recharges by connecting to a computer.

Pros

  • Two day battery life is superb.
  • Capture endless photographs hands free.
  • Be part of the party instead of behind your camera.

Cons

  • Not waterproof.
  • Body movements creates blurred photos.
  • $149 sticker price is steep for stand alone camera.

Fad factor? The problem is Memoto’s Lifelogging Camera competes with the plethora of smartphone cameras which also offer HD video. This one might not make it, but only time will tell.