Wave of Wearable: What’s coming up in 2015??
Can you stay without your smart phone? No right! This growing dependency on technology urges further innovations and what is happening right now is the extension of what we have achieved so far in terms of technology.
2014 was the year of some unique wearable technologies which had the scope to improve our everyday life. Companies like Google and Epson came up with the concept of smart glass, which provides instant information, enhances the clarity of the image and makes it look sharper and realistic. We saw smart watches and wristbands from Pebble (Steel Bluetooth watch), LG (Life band Touch Wristband) and Magellan (Echo wrist bands) for fitness enthusiasts to continuously monitor the heart rate, keep calorie count and track diet. Then came the concept of fitness socks from Heapsylon, which gives us information about podiatric data.The figure explains the essential elements of digital health revolution: – wireless devices, hardware sensors and software sensing technologies, microprocessors and integrated circuits, the Internet, social networking, mobile/cellular networks and body area network. When all these elements converge and become accessible in just a click of button, Digital Revolution would create better Heath Care.
Despite the launch of these coolest gadgets and the involvement of tech giants such as Google and Samsung into wearable, the technology still hasn’t gone mainstream. The capability has been around for years, but there are physical and design barriers that are holding wearable back. There is a high level of confusion about which tasks are best suited for existing devices versus which are best suited for wearable. Smart watches are the classic example of this limitation. For many checking email on a 1.5- inch watch face is not as appealing as a 5- inch screen of a smart phone. Device makers need to convince people that their product is worth putting on their face and wrist.
Wearable technology needs to solve problems and perform tasks that are not solved already by the dozens of larger, faster and proven devices in existence. So what’s in our basket for 2015? Get ready to experience some of the craziest technologies with the expected launch of these 5 wearable gadgets!
1) Apple watch: The watch is already defining the wearable market of 2015.With the expected launch date being 24th April 2015, nearly 2.5 million people have pre-ordered this watch till date. With this gadget, you can receive messages from friends, send texts and make speakerphone calls with siri voice assistance (no keyboard required), ping people with animated emoji. Also it can track your steps, logs runs and monitors your heart rate. And yes, you can use Apple Watch to listen to music via wireless bluetooth headphones. You can play songs like an iPod, get notifications and run apps like a mini iPhone and make payments with Apple Pay.
Available in three versions: Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch, and a high end Apple watch Edition, this device features new technology called Digital Crown, which helps the user to navigate screen quickly and easily without interfering with the information displayed. With sophisticated technologies such as Force Touch, the devise is intelligent enough to differentiate between a tap and a press. To add further, users will get notified of messages or alerts via a gentle wrist tap, facilitated by a linear actuator called Taptic engine. Sounds interesting!!
Requirements and compatibility: The device is not self sufficient and requires an iPhone in order to work. It is compatible with iPhone 5c, 5s, 6 and 6 plus (with running iOS 8.2). The Apple Watch is designed for all-day use, which Apple defines as 18 hours, and can be charged wirelessly. Could Apple watch change the uses for smart watches in the future? Undoubtedly – and that’s what we’ve all been waiting for.
2) Digitsole: Digitsole is the first connected, interactive, water-resistant, heated insole that can be controlled via your smart phone. With Digitsole you can warm your feet and track your day with one easy click. This one of the kind, innovative product is designed to track health comfortably. With the added layer of ortholite padding in your footwear, the digitsole absorb shocks and vibrations as you walk and run. What is really amazing about this product is that you need only one pair of these insoles for most of your shoes. Digitsole can be put into almost all types of shoes as they are very thin. You can track how many steps you take during the day, the distance walked as well as your current altitude.
But what’s new about this wearable?? Most of wearable products (wristbands, watches, etc.) collect information and send it to the smart phone. What is unique with Digitsole is that, it can also modify physical properties like temperature and send this information to smart phones.
The first digitsole will be sold in 2015!!!!!
Compatibility: Available on Android and iOS, the Digitsole app is equipped with Bluetooth 4.0 (iphone 4S or superior / Android 4.4 device with bluetooth 4.0) connection
3) Quell: Quell is the world’s 1st pain relief wearable which helps people who suffer from chronic pain. The device is placed in a comfortable sport band, and an electrode is snapped onto the back of the device. Rather than focusing on tracking your daily activities or acting as a digital assistant The Quell band is wrapped around your upper calf with the electrode in direct contact with your skin. This stimulates the nerves below the knee, which instantly tricks the brain to release chemicals that relieve the pain.
It is the only FDA cleared, doctor recommended, and 100% drug free device clinically proven to relieve chronic pain at the touch of a button. It is estimated to hit the markets in June 2015
Compatibility: It is compatible with iOS and Android so spread the word about quell, if you have a family member or friend suffering from acute chronic pain.
4) Skully motorcycle helmet AR-1: This gadget features the first heads-up-display (HUD) system available for a motorcycle helmet. The interesting features of this helmet are its 180-degree rear-facing camera and a little screen placed in the bottom right portion of your field of view. The screen allows you to see everything behind you, no matter which direction your helmet is facing, without any blind spots.
Skully has plenty of applications like tracking speed, rpm and other features to the riding screen. With GPS navigation you will never miss another turn. It is expected to be delivered in July 2015.
Compatibility: For connectivity you need to pair the helmet with your phone via bluetooth. The Skully guys are working on their own voice-recognition software to improve further access to the AR-1’s abilities while riding.
5) Oculus Rift: The Oculus Rift is a new virtual reality headset that allows video game players to step inside their favourite game and virtual worlds. The Rift uses custom tracking technology to provide 360 degree head tracking, allowing you to seamlessly look around the virtual world just as you would, in real life. The Oculus Rift creates a stereoscopic 3D view with excellent depth, scale, and parallax.
The Oculus Rift delivers a high-end virtual reality experience The Rift is also designed to be as comfortable and lightweight as possible for long play sessions. The Oculus Rift provides an approximately 100° field of view, stretching the virtual world beyond your peripheral vision. The combination of the wide field of view with head-tracking and stereoscopic 3D creates an immersive virtual reality experience.
This gadget (3-D headset) will be launched in the middle of 2015!!
With the prediction that in 2018, the wearable technology market will surpass $12.8 billion, it would be very interesting to see, how customers accept these gadgets in their day to day life. doodleblue itself is a part of Google Glass explorers program and is in process of creating great apps for users.. Read what the CEO has to say about the future of Wearable!!!! And let us know your views…….
Tripti Chordia, is the CMO at doodleblue, a mobile app development company providing creative technology solutions to its clients. She completed her masters from Leeds in Advertising & Marketing and has worked at a few media houses prior to doodleblue. Tripti is responsible for online strategy and creative digital marketing campaigns for doodleblue. You can find her on Google+ and LinkedIn.