The world of Virtual Reality (VR) has certainly grown by leaps and bounds over the years, and innovation in the hardware industry has made the nightmare that was the Virtual Game Boy by Nintendo seem like a bad dream. VR company Cybershoes has come up with their very own VR accessory that is aptly known as Cybershoes, where you wear it on your feet so that you can literally walk, run or flee through whichever virtual reality world that you are in at that point in time.
For some of us, there is the thrill of zipping down the highway on a motorbike at speeds that we would normally not dream of doing so in an attempt to obtain an adrenaline rush while skipping rush hour traffic. Owning a high powered motorbike is certainly a joy, but then again there is also the drawback of having one’s vision being blocked or limited due to the helmet that one wears. The CrossHelmet X1 offers something else entirely: a 360° field of view that is made possible courtesy of its integrated rear-camera and augmented reality HUD (Heads Up Display).
For some people, the change in seasons would be accompanied by a change in moods, but for the worse. There is just something about a lack of sunlight or perhaps even with a bleak outlook for a few months that will send the human body into a spiral of depression. Pocket Sky from Austrian healthtech-start-up Active Wearables intends to prevent that, where it is touted to be able to put a stop to the likes of seasonal affective disorder, jet lag, or even shift work disorder. The Pocket Sky is meant to be worn like a pair of glasses for just 20 minutes daily, and it tips the scales at a mere 12 grams so that you will not even know that it is there, enabling it to blend smoothly into any lifestyle.
It is inevitable that as our bodies begin to age, we end up with more and more ailments, not to mention parts of our bodies begin to function in a less efficient manner than ever before. Many of the elderly have learned to cope with various conditions, and having a blood pressure monitor machine at home is always handy. Omron Healthcare has come up with its all-new HeartGuide, which is touted to be the first wearable blood pressure monitor from the company. Made available for pre-orders already, this oscillometric blood pressure monitor would arrive in the design of a wrist watch and has picked up clearance from the FDA as a personal medical device.
Fancy picking up a brand new pair of sunglasses? Well, you will be able to look stylish and obtain the necessary degree of UV-protection from Bose. Yes, Bose, not a name that you would normally associate with fashionable sunglasses, but they have rolled out the Bose Frames. The Frames is a breakthrough product that merges the protection and style of premium sunglasses, alongside the functionality and performance of wireless headphones, in addition to being the first audio augmented reality platform in the world, all within a single device.
Many of us would love to have a nice and even tan, but not all of us are able to have the opportunity to pull that off each year. While the summer months provide a decent amount of sunlight to obtain that dream tan look, it is important to take note of whether you are getting too much sun for your own good, so much so that it might end up being more harmful to you. L’Oréal has recently announced the La Roche-Posay My Skin Track UV, proudly touting it to be the first battery-free wearable electronics that can measure UV exposure.
The smartwatch market continues to evolve, with high street brand names jumping aboard the bandwagon as well. Casio’s pedigree in the field of horology has been proven time and again, and their latest attempt in an Android-powered smartwatch that will not shirk at the sight of adventure would be the Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20A. Following Japanese wisdom, this is the second iteration of an outdoor Android-powered timepiece by the Japanese company, targeting those who live an active lifestyle and want a rugged timepiece that does more than just keep track of time.
There is a twofold reason as to why we wear clothes: primarily to cover our modesty, as well as to keep in step with the world of fashion. However, in line with a world where everything seems to have a “smart” prefix attached to it, why not make your clothes be a little bit smarter? This is exactly what 8K has done, introducing the first app controlled heated apparel in the world that boasts of the ability to keep your smartphone charged as well when it starts to run low on battery.
Can you remember the day when you watched Aliens? The exoskeleton in the movie that kicked the alien’s ass was rather crude in design, but it got the job done. Fast forward to today, and we have all kinds of technology that has enabled humans to work better and more efficiently, and Comau intends to jump aboard that bandwagon. Being a global leader in advanced industrial automation solutions, Comau has launched what it calls the MATE: its first innovative wearable exoskeleton. MATE has been specially designed to improve work quality without reducing any degree of efficiency, but rather, increase it, and doing so in a highly ergonomic manner by offering consistent and advanced movement assistance be it during repetitive or daily tasks.
The world is a very dangerous place these days, and it makes perfect sense to take the necessary precautions when it comes to one’s personal safety. GPS trackers can be useful devices to bring around, but why not go one more step further with a personal safety wearable device? SEAM has come up with the Lotus, which is very discrete in its design, and this new personal safety wearable device will also be extremely affordable with an asking price of just $129.95.