When 2001:A Space Odyssey debuted in theaters in the sixties, computers cost millions of dollars and had less power than an MS-DOS computer. The movie featured a computer so fantastic it could understand human speech and analyze bio metric data. Fast forward to now, we have computers that are actually even better than HAL.
The world of technology moves fast. Computers are no longer just machines that are kept on desks. Indeed, the hottest trend in tech right now is wearable tech. Gadgets like smartwatches feel less like computers and more like accessories we can easily incorporate into our lives. Using wearable items are more convenient than using a computer.
Futuristic Wearable Tech You Should Try
Even the wearable tech sector is moving fast. No longer limited to just watches, here is a list of super cool wearable gadgets you can own to astonish your friends:
No, this is not an ad for Blade Runner. Microsoft has invented HoloLens, a pair of goggles that can project holograms. This gadget, inconceivable just a decade ago, uses 3D printing technology to recreate a real-life object and project it in a digital format. Wearers of the goggles can transport themselves to a landscape recreated with digital objects, whether it’s your own bedroom or the surface of Jupiter. What could possibly be more sci-fi? Download this amazing tool here.
In the future, you might not even need to buy any gadgets for things like playing music. Several companies, mainly Google, now use temporary tech tattoos. The tattoo is digitally created using a small processor-type gadget attached to the hand. These tattoos can collect fitness data, monitor sleep, and many more. The tattoos are temporary of course.
Wearing glasses may not seem cool, but smart glasses are here to change all that. As you can imagine, these glasses can record things, play video and give you assessments. Unlike before, the capabilities for smart cloned glasses are near endless.
Tech has invaded a place where you never thought it would—makeup pallets. This makeup is mainly made of conductive ink. The makeup can detect eye movements and optimize your interactions with objects in the surrounding environment. This is possibly the easiest tech to “wear”. Get Smart Makeup here.
This is the one ring to rule them all—that is your camera, Facebook account, and music player. Even rings have gone high-tech. This Ring is powered by Bluetooth and can connect to a specified list of gadgets and your social media accounts. The user can control the connected devices with programmed flicks of the ring finger. It looks like the future is here already.
Sense Sleep Pill
Activity trackers have long allowed users to monitor their sleep by counting the minutes they are asleep. Sense is a gadget that takes things further. This wearable can be used on self or a pillow. It monitors not the duration of sleep, but the quality of sleep. But the finest feature of this wearable is the alarm. Instead of going off at a certain time that might ruin your REM cycle, Sense can detect when you are most likely to wake up. The sensors pick up on when you toss and turn and set the alarm off when you are ready to get out of bed.
Hairware is no ordinary hair extension. It’s equipped with sensors that send data to a smartphone. The gadget, in essence, allows users to unlock their smartphones from far away. The potential for hair-based wearable probably won’t stop there.
If you ever wanted to levitate things just with your hands, now you might be able to. That’s what high-tech nails promise to do. These nails have embedded RFID tags, which allow users to control apps on a smartphone with finger gestures. Find it here.
It’s finally happening. Smart sport shoes are created by several different companies. Well-known brand names like Under Armour are already creating shoes equipped with processors to monitor strides and activity.
The ID wristband is a high-tech wristband similar to the type you would get at clubs or concerts. Instead of a burly bouncer checking the wristband, it can automatically allow the wearer to enter various secured areas. Disney is already using a MagicBand to allow access to wearers at crowded Disneyland areas. Get ID Wristband here.
Wearable tech is indeed moving fast. Which of the above wearable gadgets are you most likely to buy?
Tracy Plunkett is a freelance writer based in San Francisco. She formerly worked as a technology correspondent for a local news magazine. Tracy is a trained journalist and an amateur coder. She can’t wait to have her own temporary tech tattoo one day.