In today’s blog we divert our eyes from FuelBands, Fitbits and Jawbones and take a look at the world of multi-use smart wearables with added style.
It has become apparent over the last six to 12 months that wearable’s are no longer confined to a fitness tracker. Instead we now have a whole host of attractive smart devices designed to make our lives easier.
First up, we have MEMI, a chic iPhone-compatible ‘smart bracelet’. The bracelet is customisable to vibrate for all (or select) calls to prevent you from ever missing an important call again. It also reacts to calendar events, vibrating to let you know when to attend a meeting – or end one.
MEMI has been designed with three different vibration types, each assigned to calls, texts and alerts. It may take a little while to get used to which vibration is for which notification but with enough wear I’m sure it would become second nature after a while.
MEMI is charged via a micro USB port in the clasp (also used for software updates) and features an on/off light which also indicates when you go out of range of the companion app. It is, thankfully, water resistant enabling you to wear it in our Great British weather.
You can pre-order a silver and white MEMI now for $150 (approx £95), compatible with iPhone 4S and up. Alternatively you could vote for which design you would like to see next via the ‘Help Design MEMI’ page.
The Guardian Angel shows us an alternative use of smart technology.
The device itself is a pendant which can be worn with a chain or as a bracelet. The premise behind it appears to be more a sense of reassurance than true security – or a handy tool to use during an awkward event, meeting or date. Although it can be used in any scenario requiring a ‘get out of jail card’, the developers have pitched it at helping women and girls ‘feel less vulnerable’. So, what does it do?
In short, the circle you see on the front of the pendant is a button, which triggers a fake call from Guardian Angel via a Bluetooth signal and the corresponding app. Press the button and your phone rings instantly. There has ‘been an emergency’; make your apologies and leave.
If the wearer is particularly concerned, holding down the button for three seconds triggers an SOS-style message to be sent to a designated number – and even provides a Google Map of the wearer’s location.
The pendant is available for $120 (approx. £75) and the corresponding app is available on both iOS and Android.
Pushing the boundaries of ‘style’ somewhat, meet Fin – a wearable thumb ring which turns your palm into a keypad and gesture interface!
Fin started life on Indiegogo and raised a total of $202,547 – twice the amount they were hoping to raise.
The device works as a form of remote control, worn as a ring on the thumb. It detects gestures and touches, working with smartphones, TVs and cars via Bluetooth.
The video is certainly worth watching. The aspect that impressed me the most was the ability to assist visually impaired people dial numbers, text, change TV channels and more, directly from their thumb. Fin is available for pre-order priced at $120 (approx £75).
Whist it is incredibly innovative and even life changing for some, it doesn’t exactly have Ringly’s bling factor – yet. But, who knows where this will go in the future; I would certainly buy a silver or gold version.
Would you use a ‘wearable’ on a daily basis?
Catherine Howe is a Marketing Executive at Total Ltd – a business to business service provider, delivering genuine solutions across all core telecommunication services, based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Total Ltd is a business that brings together and unifies all the component parts. For up to the minute business telecommunications news, please view the Total Ltd blog.