Friday, February 17, 2017
Wearable technology has been making steady inroads into our lives over the past few years. Along the way, there have been some hits and some misses but overall tech companies have achieved immense success in finding ways to integrate technology into virtually all consumer products. This has included, among others, smartwatches, fitness trackers and virtual reality headsets. If you are looking to add a dash of ‘tech glamour’ to your everyday life, here are 5 of the best wearables in the market right now!
Fitbit Charge 2
Rated as the best Fitbit yet, the Fitbit Charge 2 has improved considerably since the old version, adding a larger OLED display and a battery that lasts five days. The device also comes with swappable rubber or leather bands. Other features in the Charge 2 include an exercise tracker, a stopwatch and a ‘Relax’ app. The Relax app gathers heart rate data and encourages relaxation through timed breathing exercises. Standard features on the device include steps taken, distance travelled, calories burnt, stairs climbed and active minutes.
With the exception of a built-in GPS and swim tracking, the Fitbit Charge 2 offers the best functionality for its price and is a device that features on every fitness enthusiast’s list.
Apple Watch Series 2
Although Apple’s Watch Series 1 smartwatch was successful among diehard Apple fans, it did not quite succeed in winning over the industry and users at large as it lacked many features that would have helped take it mainstream. With the Watch Series 2, Apple has tried and largely succeeded at delivering better functionality. The biggest improvement is the display. Apple claims that the display is twice as bright as before, thus boosting visibility even in direct sunlight. The new device offers water resistance to a depth of 50 metres, so you can swim and surf without any worries. It also has a built-in GPS that doesn’t need to pair with your iPhone in order to access your location information.
Like its predecessor, the Series 2 also has a silver aluminium case. Other features include a heart rate sensor, an accelerometer, an ambient light sensor and a gyroscope.
The Oculus Rift was launched in March 2016 with a virtual reality (VR) headset and an Xbox controller, and has since launched Touch controllers that change how you can interact with the device. The Rift itself has been highly praised for the virtual reality experience it offers. With the Touch controllers operated by your hands, you can pick up, move and do a lot more in the virtual environment. With more games and apps being developed for VR, the Oculus Rift and Touch controllers let you explore new dimensions in the virtual world.
Oakley Radar Pace
The Oakley Radar Pace is a fitness wearable unlike any other. Rather than just a fitness tracker, the Radar Pace acts as your own personalised fitness coach. These workout sunglasses offer real-time feedback during your runs and bike rides. The sunglasses themselves do not display any data, instead, coaching is available through the Bluetooth-enabled headphones embedded in the sunglasses. The glasses are extremely lightweight and excellent for athletes.
These glasses come with a gyroscope, a barometer, an accelerometer and humidity and proximity sensors. It also has ANT+ wireless protocol for pairing with a foot pod, a heart rate strap and other sensors.
If you are a fan of classic watches and want to pair one with technology, the Huawei Watch offers the perfect combination of form and functionality. You can use either a leather or metal strap for the watch to give it a polished look.The AMOLED display is protected by sapphire crystal. A 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor with 4GB of space powers the Android Wear along with 512MB of RAM. The battery should last you a little over a day.
The device also has a gyroscope, an accelerometer and a barometer. However, the watch lacks a built-in GPS and the heart rate sensor does not continuously monitor the heart rate, instead you need to check it in the settings every time you want to know.
The world of wearables is evolving at a rapid pace and with the Mobile World Congress 2017 taking place later this February, we can only expect launches and announcements of newer and more innovative wearables. We, at Lycamobile, are excited to know what the future holds!