Most Wanted Wearable Technology Revealed From Industry Expert Round up

As the wearable technology industry evolves, the big question seems to be “What are the best wearable technology products?”. With so many to choose from and with the wearables industry in it’s early stages, it can be difficult to separate the good from the…..not so good.

To understand where wearable tech fits into our lives and how or if it will continue to evolve with innovative products, we think it is important to ask the industries most influential people what they think.

We rounded up a staggering 44 of the top wearable tech experts and asked them the question:

“If you could own only three pieces of current wearable tech, what would they be?”

Best_Wearable_Technology_Revealed_From_Industry_Expert_Round_upThis information they provided should highlight which wearables are leading the charge in what is now a fast paced race to market.

The results showed their most sought after wearables and the results were very insightful.

Below we have added the comments from the experts so you can see how they backup their views and any thoughts they have towards these products. Some products are available right now, some are in development and some are fictional ones that are provided to show what kinds of products they would like to see in the wearable marketplace.

We would like to know what you think and there may be products you like that perhaps haven’t been mentioned, we would love to see your comments at the end of the article.

Wait no longer. Here are best wearable technology products recommended by our experts:

 

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We would like to thank all those that gave us their opinions below (you can click a name to scroll to the specific person) or read on to see them all:

 

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Glen GilmoreGlen Gilmore

glengilmore.com

Visit Google Plus PageFORBES Social Media Influencer, TIME Man of Action

BIO:

A Google Glass Explorer, Glen Gilmore has appeared for the last two years near the top of Forbes’ list of “Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers.” A social media marketing strategist and attorney, he is the author of “Social Media Law for Business” and contributing author of “Strategic Digital Marketing.” He teaches Digital and Social Media Marketing, Crisis Communications and Social Media Law at Rutgers University, in addition to his practice of law and consultation in digital marketing.

Dubbed a “man of action” by TIME magazine, Gilmore’s thoughts on digital marketing, social media, and emerging trends have been quoted by the likes of The Associated Press, Reuters, CNN, Bloomberg, MSNBC, USA Today, ABC News.

Gilmore may be found on Twitter @GlenGilmore, where he has over 230,000 followers, in addition to various niche accounts: @UKSocialMedia @EUSocialMedia @HealthcareSMM @FinancialSM @CrisisSocMedia

Gilmore served two terms as a young mayor of a city of nearly 100,000, in New Jersey, in the United States, and on the Board of Directors at a university hospital.

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1. Oculus Glass – I want a marriage between a functioning Google Glass that lets me wink or speak and move into a completely immersive, augmented reality experience ala Facebook’s Oculus.

Who wants a Google “hangout” when you can have a much richer experience? Forget showing me a picture or live feed of where you are, bring me there. Or let me continue on my elliptical while I join you at the board meeting, sparing us all the time and expense of my travel there?

As a Google Glass Explorer, I have been very disappointed in the functionality of Glass. Connectivity is always a problem and for a product like Glass, that’s a big problem. I still think, though, that we are headed to a very exciting future when it comes to heads-up, wearable tech and wearables that more fully-integrate augmented reality. I don’t think we’re even close to understanding the disruptive implications of evolving wearables.

2. iWatch – I’m very excited about Apple introducing a smartwatch that will be sleek, fashionable (I’m hoping), and extremely functional (I’m pretty sure).

I have been enjoying my pebble watch, but, it doesn’t have the sort of intuitiveness, depth, or seamlessness that I believe Apple will bring to the world of smartwatches. Wearable tech can’t be clumsy or clunky if it’s to achieve broad adoption. Apple, being a master of user experience and design should disrupt this disruptive space with its entry.

3. Wellness Band – A wellness band should be something much more than a Fitbit (which I wear and like), a wearable that does deeper tracking of our wellness and alerts us – and medical emergency help if needed – when our body indicates a potentially dangerous health situation. I am hoping that this is something a really smart smartwatch will integrate, but, if not, give me something else that does.

4. Bonus – How about a new type of “friendship ring” or wedding band that keeps us in closer contact with that special someone in our lives. Not sure what it would do, but, perhaps it could be designed so that couples could have their own codes for simple messages or feelings.

 

Paul SonnierPaul Sonnier

storyofdigitalhealth.com

Visit Google Plus PageFounder of the 25,000+ Member Digital Health Group on LinkedIn and Member of the World Economic Forum Digital Health Council

BIO:

Paul Sonnier is best known for founding and curating the 25,000+ member Digital Health group on LinkedIn, which he created in August of 2009. As a social entrepreneur, Mr. Sonnier is globally recognized for his work on Twitter (@Paul_Sonnier), the Story of Digital Health website, and the Digital Health LinkedIn group, which is an online community that serves to advance knowledge and build relationships between people catalyzing the convergence of the digital and genetics revolutions with health and healthcare.

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As an avid surfer living in San Diego, CA, my primary wearable device is a pre-programmed tide watch made by Nixon. I’ve tried out a couple of popular wearable digital health devices (aka ‘fitness trackers’) in the past, but one wasn’t waterproof/resistant (so I couldn’t use it while surfing) and the other was a hassle because it would ride up my arm when putting on my wetsuit. So, when it comes to wearable tech, I want simplicity (especially not duplication in the form of another device I have to remember to wear) and something that meets my surfing needs, which includes real-time information on tide, weather, and surf height/conditions plus a forecast), plus my communications needs (syncing to my smartphone, visual & interactive display). Obviously this points to a wireless, waterproof smartwatch or smartband (with a display) and equipped with biometric sensors that enable health and fitness applications. Unfortunately, at this time there isn’t a solution on the market that provides all of this in one device. But, as we are clearly seeing in the rumor mill, I think that we could see something(s) like this when Apple, Samsung, and maybe even Google launch new devices. And if the new Android Wear software OS and SDK platform for wearables is any indication, it seems highly likely that my desire for a single wearable device with an open developer platform (for software application and services development by almost anyone) could be at hand. Here are the three who are likely to produce it, i.e. a smartwatch and/or smartband:

  1. Apple (future)
  2. Samsung (future)
  3. Google (future)

 

Dave AspreyDave Asprey

bulletproofexec.com

Visit Google Plus PageFounder and CEO of The Bulletproof Executive

As a biohacker I’ve been fantasizing about functional wearable technology since about 2003, when I got involved with the first company to make a stick on Bluetooth heart rate sensor. I am an advisor to HeartMath, the company that pioneered heart rate variability sensing and training for consumers. I was also – briefly – the CTO and cofounder of Basis Sciences, the tracking wristband company that Intel just acquired. My podcast, Bulletproof Radio, is number one ranked in the health and fitness category on itunes. I am an investor in wearable tech co Pavlok.

NFCring – it’s functional, but it doesn’t require recharging and it looks like jewelry. It is essentially invisible. That’s how it’s supposed to be.

Lechal haptic footwear is perhaps the coolest I’ve come across in a while. Touch is one of your oldest sensing mechanisms and it is often ignored by health tracking devices. Your visual bandwidth is relatively thin so why do you want to be looking at a device for feedback when the device could simply be tapping you are buzzing or otherwise providing feedback? These shoes guide you by connecting to your smartphone and then vibrating to guide you. It takes advantage of your neurological bandwidth and makes you look a lot cooler than you do state at the map on your smartphone while walking into traffic. The only bummer about this product is that I will probably never get to try it because it won’t work on my size 16 Sasquatch feet.

The other piece of wearable tech doesn’t exist yet, but it should. Wearable tech is capable of detecting your autonomic nervous system stress level and showing it to you in real time. In addition to relatively low value biometric data like the number of steps you took it a day, a device like this could also tell you your average heart rate and how many times your body goes into fight or flight mode. By teaching you to become aware of when your autonomic nervous system is misfiring, you can learn to control it better. That affects your sleep, your health, and your overall likelihood of dying. Wearable tech that provides real-time haptic feedback about what your body is doing goes beyond just gathering data and let you actively biohack your nervous system. Vitalconnect.com makes a stick on Heart Rate sensor that can gather the appropriate data, but it requires a phone to do signal processing and there is no haptic feedback…But I can always dream!

Ben MoirBen Moir

wearableexperiments.com

Visit Google Plus PageFounding member of We:eX (Wearable Experiments)

  1. Suunto Dive Watch – give Suunto some credit, they have been manufacturing the highest quality wearable tech for over a decade yet everyone seems to forget this company is a pioneer in the field of wearable tech. What other watch can you take 100m underwater and rely on to tell you how much breathing gas remains in the tank and how to schedule your decompression stops on assent.
  2. Nike Fuel Band – with Nike pulling out of wearable hardware market these little gadgets will be heading for the dustbin. We need to remember the companies that took a chance and designed the first generation wearable tech. I still think the fuel band has some interesting features which we hadn’t seen in a fitness tracker before Nike burst onto the stage.
  3. Energy harvester (science fiction) – A constant challenge is designing wearable tech with large batteries to run all the electronics. Try putting your iPhone through the wash cycle and see how it comes out. The same goes for wearable tech, how are we going to deign garments with wearable tech when the batteries are a constant source of headaches in terms of washability and durability. Give me a comfortable vest or jeans that harvests the energy from my body and powers all my wearable devices. Keep an eye on this consortium who are doing the research – http://assist.ncsu.edu

John BuckleyJohn Buckley

hypernetec.com

Visit Google Plus PageEditor in Chief at Hypernetic

1. Kiroco Touch Jewellery – Kiroco

Kiroco are the creators of an interactive jewellery range that uses embedded NFC chips to pair with a smartphone app. The connection is made when the wearer touches the jewellery to the phone.

Messages can be sent to the smartphone as text, audio, or video. This provides a way for the gift-giver to continue gifting the jewellery to the wearer. Kiroco calls this connection ‘Emotional Technology.’

I love the blend of aesthetic beauty and wearability that Kiroco have achieved. They’ve taken one of our oldest wearable technologies and enhanced its essential timeless essence, without diminishing either its beauty, or its purpose.

They’ve connected the aesthetics of body adornment, with the relationships that already exist, between the giver, the gift and the recipient. It’s a simple idea, but it’s also very profound.

Kiroco have tapped into the deep sentiment of jewellery. They’ve enhanced it. Nothing has been lost. The digital world is an extension of the original, not a replacement. It’s the kind of innovation that wearable tech sorely needs, if it’s to fully connect with people outside of the technology bubble.

Imagine an engagement ring that holds the future husband’s proposal. A winner’s medal, that contains an audio-visual record of the triumphant victory. A charm bracelet, that releases the words of a terminally ill patient to a loved one, long after they have passed. The possibilities for capturing genuine emotions inside interactive jewellery are endless. They are limited only by imagination.

2. T-Shirt OS – Cute Circuit

“It’s the world’s first wearable, shareable T-Shirt. 100% cotton, a platform for digital creativity”

– Ryan Genz – Cute Circuit

Cute Circuit create wonderful wearables. They understand fashion AND technology and they exist in that most interesting and innovative of spaces, where the two fuse.

The most essential components of great wearable’s are not just technological or utilitarian. They’re also about intangibles. Comfort, fun, surprise, attractiveness, glamour, aesthetics and style. People will only wear technological things on their bodies, if the act of wearing them makes them feel good about themselves. The item must add genuine value.

T-Shirt OS, is essentially a thin-client. One that can be connected to a smartphone app. It contains a camera, microphone, accelerometer and speakers. Users can display tweets, post status-updates and take photos. Anything can be synched. It’s essentially version one, of a machine-washable, wearable platform. I think it’s an exciting pre-cursor to a generation of transformative wearable products.

3. Haptic Footwear – LeChal

Lechal has created a pair of smart-shoes (or a set of polyurethane insoles) that can communicate with their wearer via haptic sensors, vibrational actuators and Bluetooth. The result is footwear, that provides real-time navigational feedback.

Again it’s a clever idea. The essential usefulness of protective, comfortable foot-coverings, allied to the cartographic, GPS enabled, Google Mapped web. You don’t need to get lost anymore. You can just let your feet lead the way!

The shoes gently vibrate on the front, back and sides, letting you know which direction to turn in order to walk (or run) to a pre-set destination. Points of interest and notable landmarks, can trigger sounds or notifications. Both navigation and routes can be pre-set, allowing you a hands-free experience. The front of the shoes contain proximity sensors, which detect the presence of objects up to 10 metres away. It’s a fantastically well integrated idea.

Pairing the shoes with an iOS or Android smartphone app, creates an additional interactive layer. Metrics such as steps, calories and distance travelled are gathered. There’s also the potential for social-metrics to be included and shared.

What truly caught my attention, was that the shoes can be used to provide critically useful and unobtrusive feedback to someone who is visually impaired. In this case they can genuinely and measurably improve someone’s life.

The fact that every time you buy a pair of Lechal’s footwear, you are subsiding the cost of a pair of life enhancing shoes, for a visually challenged person, has got to be a compelling marketing message!

Conclusion

These kinds of innovative products show me that the future of wearables is indeed incredibly bright. It’s about far more than fitness trackers and augmented reality headsets. It’s about creating useful body-borne computing products. Products that disappear inside the items they replace.

Wearable computing objects both fulfil their intended purpose and add to the capabilities of their precursors. They enhance, with a layer of digital augmentation, creating additional value, yet still preserving both the essential functionality of the original and its useful purpose.

Jesse HarperJesse Harper

i1biometrics.com

CEO of i1 Biometrics

BIO:

Jesse Harper has been in the Sport Technology and Wearable Tech markets for 20 years. He spent the bulk of his career working with Polar heart rate monitors and sport devices, and later partnering with consumer medical device companies to leverage technology in remote patient monitoring. Jesse now serves as the CEO of i1 Biometrics, a wearable technology company developing a sensored mouth guard to detect head impacts and injuries in athletes.

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  1. NFC ring – I think one of the best current examples of bringing wearable tech to the masses is the Disney MagicBand. It functions as a POS payment device, door key, park pass, etc, etc. A consumer NFC ring that had similar functionality to allow me to open doors, start my car, make payments at stores, etc would be an awesome device to have in my day-to-day.
  2. Fitness tracker – I have products from Nike, Garmin, Polar, BodyMedia, Strive, Basis, Fitbit, and Jawbone. I like elements of each but still feel we are lacking a move from quantified self to qualitative data and community. I look forward to additional sensoring capabilities and a richer user experience with future products.
  3. Smart Fabrics – I like the E39 shirt from Under Armour and have been looking at the products by Athos. This is an intriguing area for athletics as well as fitness enthusiasts. I see great opportunities for healthcare and remote patient monitoring by leveraging these flex circuits in adhesives, etc.

 

Todd GailunTodd Gailun

sensoka.com

Visit Google Plus PageCo-Founder and Co-CEO of SENSOKA

I only own two wearable right now: a BodyMedia device and a Garmin 310XT heart rate monitor. Why? Because I am doing an self-quantification experiment where I am tracking calories burned and consumed, but most importantly, my emotions. I am designing an algorithm to find correlations between specific physiological signals and specific emotions like joy, contentment, fear, disgust, anger, awe, surprise and amusement.

Most wearables to date in my opinion will become artifacts as soon as the iwatch comes out at year’s end. Basis shut down. The Fuelband shut down. The list will continue.

Sherly MendozaSherly Mendoza

techyfashionista.com

Visit Google Plus PageOwner – TechyFashionista.com

BIO:

Sherly Mendoza is a writer and blogger for hire. She’s a banker since 2005, but she’s been blogging and writing tech articles since 2012. She’s a woman fascinated with all things related to wearable technology, gadgets, the Internet, fashion, health and lifestyle. Sherly is also a new mom to a bouncing baby boy. She just gave birth last August 2013. Sherly reads and follows several tech and fashion blogs and websites. Some of them include Gizmodo, Engadget, Marie Claire and Pete Cashmore of Mashable. She’s a Mac and PC user. Sherly is teaching herself on how to use the cPanel for website management. She’s also fascinated with the Internet of Things, its applications and potentials. Sherly maintains her writing portfolio and blog at http://www.TechyFashionista.com.

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If I could only own three wearable tech, I would have to pick Google Glass, GoPro and MetaWatch Meta.

Google Glass – I picked Google Glass because it’s the future of wearable tech. 5 to 10 years from now, its attached camera will be smaller. You won’t even notice that it’s there. It will feel that you’re really wearing an ordinary eyeglass.

GoPro HD – I’m not that adventurous but my husband is. He is into sportsbike. He loves to ride every weekend. I will give the GoPro HD to him. But both of us enjoy the casual beach and pool – this ?is where the GoPro is most suitable to our lifestyle.

MetaWatch Meta – My last picked is the MetaWatch Meta. I think it’s the most gorgeous and fashionable smart watch available in the market today. As a techy and a fashionista, the MetaWatch Meta will complete my getup. It’s a must-have accessory slash gadget.

Michael DurwinMichael Durwin

fuseideas.com

Visit Google Plus PageDirector of Digital Strategy & Social Media at Fuseideas

I’m going to go out on a limb and move beyond just what is currently available because I believe the current range of wearable devices available for the public is pretty slim.

So, I’m currently using Google Glass, which of course is technically not available to the public. I love this device. All of the quick digital engagement that I used to have to reach into my pocket for (the time, text messages, directions, taking a picture or video, posting a tweet, etc) I can just do with the nod of my head and a voice command. This is especially helpful with 2 small children!

I don’t currently have the other 2 pieces of wearable tech yet but they’re on my list. I’ll be purchasing one soon; Melon, the other is, hopefully, being announced in September.

The first wearable device is Melon. This is a brainwave measurement device that fits on your head. It can help you monitor your brain activity and help you understand how your own brain works; when you’re the most focused, creative, when your mind wanders, how long you can focus without a break, the best time of day for critical thinking, etc. This ties into a new movement I’m seeing of “Personal Analytics”.

“Personal Analytics” is not dissimilar to the types of analytics us digital and social marketers are familiar with; raw data that lets us better understand the behavior of their target audience. I was at a recent travel conference and met a dozen people wearing some variation on Fitbit. These weren’t necessarily tech-savvy people, not the young hip millennials or the tech savvy Gen Xers that we associate with wearable tech. These were folks in their 40s-60s who were leveraging wearable tech to understand their own behavior and using that information to execute change. I’ve been slowly moving toward a desire to get a wearable fitness device and going back and forth between the best option. I no sooner decided to go with Nike FuelBand when I read the news that Nike was dissolving the FuelBand team and getting out of the wearable fitness hardware game. This led to a flood of speculation that Apple will be picking up where Nike left off and in fact influenced Nike’s decision to focus on software that will work with the new “iWatch” that is rumored to be coming in September.

Turning 45 (today) has got me thinking more about my health, having 2 small children has certainly got me to lament my energy level! I expect that much as my iPhone and now my Google Glass has become a habit as I aggregate outside data every 5 minutes, I’m guessing that Melon and iWatch will become part of my daily and hourly internal data aggregation habit.

Matt HickmanMatt Hickman

wearabletechnologyshow.net

Account Manager – Wearable Technology Conference UK at EDP Ltd

Part of the Wearable Technology Conference and Expo team that delivered the world’s biggest event for wearable technology in London. Delivering the event has put us in a great position to keep abreast of all the exciting products and devices that are emerging onto the market, so my top three are:

  1. The Myo armband from Thalmic labs
  2. The Dash earphones from Bragi. I think ‘hearables’ will be a big sector for wearables due to their subtlety and ‘invisibility’
  3. Fin ring

Jessica GroopmanJessica Groopman

altimetergroup.com | jessgroopman.com

Visit Google Plus PageSenior Researcher at Altimeter Group

  1. Smart Ring- right now these are separate products, but I would love the idea of a combined NFC (security pass) AND a gesture controlled ring. Also I love the idea of a ring because it’s so inconspicuous. That’s key for me to actually wear any of these things.
  2. Fitness Band (with more chops)- I have a FitBit and I love it. In fact it’s helped me to lose a lot of weight. However, I want two things from a fitness band that I don’t have today: 1. The ability to track any and everything I do. I want my fitness tracker to measure biking, yoga, swimming, all of the above without me having to enter it manually. 2. Fashion injection! Fitness bands and smart watches are notorious for looking bulky and ridiculous. A more stylish fitness tracker would be ideal for everyday wear.
  3. The Aurora Dream Enhancing Headband – This headband monitors sleep activity and REM cycles to introduce subtle audio and visual cues to enable lucid dreaming. But does it work? I’m curious to find out! This is under development now, to be released in June.

Hilary HayesHilary Hayes

hilaryhayes.com

Wearable Tech Champion, Futurist Researcher

BIO:

Based in Toronto, Hilary focuses on perceptions of and reactions to new and emerging technologies. She aims to create innovative and magical experiences that are compassionate to the user’s needs, evoking meaning.

Hilary enjoys designing beautiful and engaging smart objects, interiors, edibles, systems, wearable technology, and mobile/web applications. When she isn’t designing, Hilary watches a lot of Youtube tutorials, searches the nearest beach for seaglass, tries new recipes and Instagrams everything (@hlryhys). Hilary gets especially excited when she gets to discuss and design for about digital communities, trends analysis, gamification, gluten free living, or the future of human/technology relationships.

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If I could only own 3 wearables (assuming that by wearable, you go beyond clothing to mean a wearable product that employes embedded electronics, smart materials, or both) I would choose:

  1. A brainwave/thought-reading headset that could read my brain activity, such as speech or word-forming thought, and action that information in the physical world. No more typing, I would just think about words. No more struggling to explain dreams or ideas, I could just show what I was visualizing on a connected screen or other medium. This would be particularly useful for people who are undergoing medical care or have another barrier between thought and speech.
  2. A smart implant that would contain all of my identifying information. I could unlock doors, pay for things, never enter a password again, interact with machines, and exchange contact information with people just by connecting with devices via something like near field communication.
  3. A wearable device that would monitor my health and let me know when I need to make lifestyle changes or when I need to seek medical attention. This could take on many different form factors. The device would monitor my blood sugar levels, sodium and vitamin levels, hydration, stress and other hormone levels. It could also keep a look out for viruses, white blood cell count, and cell mutation.

Tony RozzoTony Rizzo

linkedin.com

Visit Google Plus PageEntrepreneur-in-Residence, Blue Hill Research, & Wearable Tech Consultant

I am often amused that wearable tech has been and continues to be defined in great part by “geek tech” design – by which I mean such things as smartwatches – which in my opinion are neither smart nor really “watches” since the watch function is more or less a throw away. It is far more accurate I think to call smartwatches (at least those I have seen to date) as nothing more than typically oversized “wrist phones.” These wrist phones – even those that strive to be design-centric, such as Martian, to some extent the ridiculously overpriced “steel Pebble,” and some versions of MetaWatch (including their latest Meta line) are all still geek tech.

That said, I am hugely looking forward to the iWatch (which I don’t believe the ever savvy Apple will call a “watch”), which I anticipate will bring true non-tech design finally to the wearable market. It will be high end, it will be beautiful and it will be “tech functional” – but with no tech-geek associated with it. There is a great deal more to say, but space is limited! Full disclosure: I am both a wearer and lover of higher end mechanical watches – this is the sort of fashion item that Apple will be competing with.

Next, I and my wife (who is in no way, shape or form a techie like me) are Misfit Wearables Shine addicts of sorts. We wear them with wristbands but most people we know think we are sporting specially-crafted “art” – a notion we never disabuse them of. The idea behind Shine is never the less motivation to be physical and these gorgeous little devices DO inspire us to move. My wife has in fact added regular morning swims to her daily routine in order to ensure she always has a head start on me to achieving our goals. The new Shine Bloom is nothing short of jewelry – I will be getting my wife one as soon as Misfit recovers from already being sold out (Sonny – are you listening?).

Meanwhile, if you are indeed truly serious about exercise, forget the activity trackers – they are all ultimately a joke. What you need are the exciting WT body shirts that the likes of the very cool folks at Hexoskin and OMSignal are now putting out into the marketplace. Hexoskin targets the elite athlete (by which I mean Olympic-level) and the more serious non-pro athletes among us. OMSignal (which happens to share a great design guy with Misfit Wearables) is now taking pre-orders for its shirt, which will be priced more reasonably for those of us who are not training for the Olympics – my wife wants one.

So, to summarize my top three wearable tech picks in this short amount of space:

  1. The upcoming iApple wearable tech fashion statement
  2. Misfit Shine
  3. Hexoskin/OMSignal body shirts

Finally, while I love what Occulus is doing on the augmented reality front, check out Sulon Technologies – which I absolutely believe will accomplish a great deal more for the AR community.

Stephanie BattistaStephanie Battista

modernedge.com

Senior Design Program Manager + Industrial Designer at Modern Edge

Wearables, are the future of healthcare and lifestyle…the devices I have selected below I am drawn to personally because of the experience. Wearables will continue to tap into the senses and become a natural extension of mind, body, + spirt…

  1. Sign Language Ring: Detects sign language motion and “translates” that to voice by emitting audio through a speaker.
  2. Memi: iPhone compatible smartbracelet that discreetly vibrates when you receive important phone calls, text messages and calendar alerts. http://www.hellomemi.com/
  3. Apple: iWatch – if the rumors are true, this smart watch will have some unique features in addition to the health + lifestyle tracking that techies are becoming familiar with such as sensors, fingerprint scanning for wireless payment, wireless / solar / kinetic charging, + oled display. http://venturebeat.com/2014/04/21/why-apples-wearable-has-to-be-about-the-story-of-you-not-just-data/ (Concept) – http://www.macworld.co.uk/news/apple/apple-iwatch-rumours-launch-3425479/ (Concept)

Schneider MikeSchneider Mike

skyhookwireless.com

Visit Google Plus PageVP of Marketing at Skyhook Wireless

Bio:

SchneiderMike – VP of Marketing: Mike lives at the intersection of technology, marketing, creativity, and content. He has over 20 years experience solving problems using technology with a focus on marketing and analytics. Named to Boston Business Journal’s “40 under 40” in 2010, he’s established himself as a leader in the new marketing space. He co-wrote the book “Location-based Marketing for Dummies” and contributed to several blogs including Harvard Business Review and Social Media Explorer, and creator of Digital Before Digital. Prior to joining Skyhook, Mike served as SVP and director of the digital incubator with ad firm Allen & Gerritsen, and VP of analytics at Hill Holliday. He has spoken at SXSW, AdClub, Internet Week NY, United Media Summit, Social Fresh and keynote at New Media Expo and was named to Boston Business Journal’s 40 under 40. Mike earned a B.S. in MIS and Accounting from Miami University in 1995.

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1. Recon Snow2

I love to ski and I want to know stats like how fast I am going, my vert and total vert for the day, total distance and my airtime without having to pull out my phone as I go down the mountain or on the lift. The great thing about the Recon Snow is that I can get all this information in real time as I am skiing just by looking down. I also want to be able to capture this data and look at it after my day of skiing and compare it to other days, and it can pair to my smartphone and capture that data for me. Recon also has built in Wi-Fi so that I can track my activity on the slopes and know my exact route. Location data at the device level provides an extremely valuable context layer that elevates the Recon Snow user experience, providing a complete picture of data.

My hope is that the Recon Snow will eventually be able to show me which side of mountain is open, where the best snow is, and which lifts have the shortest lines. These added features will make this wearable product a must have for skiers and boarders who are looking to enhance their performance as well as get the most out of their day on the slopes.

2. Kiwi Move

The Kiwi Move hopes to lead the wearables movement by using context to enhance users’ lifestyle. I’m excited about the context enabled versatility in use cases for fitness, sports tracking and retail. The Kiwi Move has a developer platform that looks really promising so we are looking for cool app syncing. Rumor is that Shazam is already on board.

Kiwi’s Gesture app allows users to create their own hand motions to control the app, Internet and home appliances and the When/Do app allows users to automate activities like “when I wake up, make coffee.” It has the ability to know when I enter the gym and will immediately pull up my workout playlist and fitness app as it transfers to gym mode. I can’t wait to try the “part the wild horse’s mane” gesture that makes the meter maid disappear. OK, that doesn’t happen, but I really am looking forward to recording sets at the gym, voice activated food intake tracking and making custom hand motions to find out what song is playing without taking out my phone.

Bonus: I really want them to make the Kiwi Taste!

I had a dream that Kiwi came out with the Kiwi Taste, a retainer that knows what food you eat and can track calories, whether you like the food and what you’re putting into your body. I want foodalytics!

3. Fin

I’ve tried the Fin. It is good because it allows the user to control their household and mobile devices with their hands. It’s not just pairing with smartphones and apps, but integrating with hardware such as car radios and smart TV’s. The problem is that the behavior feels a little unnatural to me, but it’s not impossible to get used to. I wouldn’t recommend using it while operating heavy machinery.

Bonnie BeemanBonnie Beeman

CEO & Founder – Wearable XLabs, Inc.

  1. Nike+ – I’m a big fan of Nike+ and Apple iPod piezoelectric technology. I’m a daily user since January 2007. Why? Easy, accurate, works as expected. I want Nike+ to improve their product by adding elevation gain and a slope to the stats.
  2. Google Glass version 7, only will buy them when Google Glasses are indistinguishable from every day spectacles.
  3. Moving beyond wearables into oral supplements that help us remember everything we see, hear, speak, smell and touch. At some point we will be able to tap into the virtual knowledge cloud like Cyborgs.

Bart PerkinsBart Perkins

leveragepartners.com

Visit Google Plus PageManaging partner at Leverage Partners Inc.

  1. Monitor pulse, blood pressure, temperature, and other vital signs. These are important for individuals who already have cancer or other serious medical problems. They can be released from cumbersome monitoring machines and only visit a health care provider when told to. Similar monitors can be used for firefighters, solders, astronauts, or anyone else working in a potentially dangerous environment.
  2. Augment or replace functionality that has been lost. Insulin pumps have been around for years. Hugh Herr at MIT Media labs has built artificial feet and legs that result in a much more realistic walk than traditional prostheses. Anthony Atala, a surgeon at Wake Forest is working fairly close to being able to print a human kidney (I am not sure it is wearable if it is implanted in the body) Others are working on artificial retinas, ears, etc.
  3. Motivate individuals to be healthier. Fitbit and its competitors monitor behaviors that linked to better health. Ideally the reports generated by the device motivate the wearer to increase activity.

debraj deDebraj De

debrajde.com

Visit Google Plus PageDebraj De, PhD Computer Science

www.debrajde.com / www.cythings.com / http://www.facebook.com/iofthings

Bio:

Debraj De is a PhD in Computer Science, and works on research and development primarily in the fields of: Smart Environments (Smart Home, Smart Cities, Smart Office), Internet of Things, Sensor Networks, Wearable Tech and Machine Learning. He is passionate about interconnecting the Physical-World and the Cyber-World, and love to integrate Technology – Arts – Human altogether for better experiences and helpful services for the society.

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  1. For Smartwatch, I’ll love to use the Pebble Smartwatch. Because I want a simple looking, durable, lightweight, smart and beautiful designed watch to show only the important and relevant content on my wrist. I don’t want flashy colorful display watches to distract me all the time. Also I don’t want to make call from a watch. We’ve got Smartphones to do these easily. Also Pebble Smartwatch has nice e-paper display and very low on power consumption. I don’t want to recharge my watch everyday, coz people are already dealing a lot with charging their bunch of devices every single day. Also I don’t want watches to have camera. Dumping all of the features of Tablets and Smartphones on Smartwatches really will not help or attract people in the long run.
  2. For health tracker, I definitely prefer (although this is probably in pre-order phase) Dash Wireless Smart In-ear Headphone. To my view, people need not wear the fitness tracker all the time in a day. Too much of fined grained activity feedback doesn’t help much. Dash Wireless Smart In-ear Headphone is much better in the sense that it can be used during exactly the activities, when fitness activities are worth tracking. It also plays music, have acoustic feedback in real-time. It has also a great design and small size.
  3. Another health tracker, but that can be worn all the time and providing daylong activity feedback is the Misfit Shine. Misfit Shine has an awesome design, and also has a display for interaction and feedback. But the display is stylish and minimalist (only with LED dots) which is perfect for wearable products. The wearable products should be artistic and minimalist way of having interaction with the users, great design matters a lot in Wearables. The corresponding Smartphone app of Misfit Shine is also nice, without dumping too much graphics and without overloading the user with too much data. Also Misfit Shine shape and form factor is perfect that it is designed for the user to wear not only on wrist, but on other parts of the body, or just clipped to dress, pocket etc. Wearable products better not be constrained too much to specific body parts.

Rodrigo MartinezRodrigo Martinez

iotworldview.com

Visit Google Plus PageFounder IoT World View

BIO:

With many years of international experience in the technology industry, Rodrigo Martinez has been working the last 4 years in the Internet of Things industry. In order to share all his experience and lessons learned he created IoT World View. This platform has been evolving with the help and feedback of many people, converting it in reference in the industry and a true information center of the Internet of Things.

Rodrigo is an industrial engineer, with a specialization in Information Technologies and a Master in Engineering, and recently he finished his MBA at Babson.

www.iotworldview.com | @iotworldview

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There are many ways to evaluate technological devices. I think that ergonomics and the easiness of utilizing technology in a day-to-day basis play an important role when analyzing wearables.

I have been using wristbands and apps that track how I sleep, how I exercise, how I eat, and many other things, but ergonomics in general has been not a strong point in these technologies. Why I do have to wear a watch and a wristband? It doesn’t make much sense. Therefore, I see a great potential in the smart watches niche. We will have everything in just one device, plus it will be much easier for developers to adjust their current products (apps for smartphones and tablets), so they can work with tiny screens.

Many of us were amazed with the technology in the Minority Report movie, that was used to manipulate images. There are some companies and startups, which are already working on producing similar devices. This will clearly facilitate our interaction with technology and my guess is that we also are going to learn more about how the human body works, which is something that will propel biomechatronics. This has tremendous benefits, especially for people with physical disabilities (approximately 54 million Americans have at least one disability)

Even though the previous technologies are great and a real improvement on what we have nowadays, they are still an accessory. That is why I see a much bigger potential in Smart Cloth. This technology is integrated with stuff that we, as human beings, have been using for centuries to cover our bodies.

At some point people will not even notices that we are wearing chips, cables and batteries all over our body. But still, we will benefit from all the intelligence that wearables can provide. I see many positive outcomes, especially when applied to people with physical issues (like heart malfunctions), where time to react in case of emergency is key to saving lives.

Kathleen PoulosKathleen Poulos

kathleenpoulos.com

Visit Google Plus PageKatsEyeMedia, Engagement Marketing

Today’s wearable technology comes in all shapes, sizes and formats. This creates a pretty much unlimited target market and offers developers a blank slate for designing new options in the wearable tech space. To morph a line from a famous song… ‘the future’s so bright I gotta wear tech’.

If I were limited to only three wearable pieces of technology, first I’d have to go with my Fitbit. I really like having a fitness or mobility type tracker and find that it helps me focus on my health, something that often gets lost in the shuffle of a busy day. Is my Fitbit perfect? No, but it does a pretty good job and I like the company’s innovative approach. In the future I’d like to see it monitor more things and possibly integrate with the health records in my patient portal. Further developing the users interface and engagement aspect will make it an even stronger player in the wearable tech space.

Next I’d have to go with Whistle, an activity and long-term health tracker for my dog. I have two dogs and their health is just as important to me as my own health. Developing an activity and health related baseline for my dogs can help alert me to important changes over time – what I think of as monitoring the small data. A recent article I was reading talked about the connection between my activity data and my dog’s data, suggesting that there is a link in our mutual health. I would agree and look forward to this idea being explored more in the future. It appears Whistle is starting a partnership with Jawbone, so my wish just might get answered.

Lastly I’d have to go with the new line of Kiroco smartphone interactive jewellery. Beautiful, wearable technology designed to keep me connected to the important people in my life; what more could I ask from a little crystal orb hanging around my neck. No it doesn’t track or monitor but it’s a wonderful use of technology that I would happily wear. The attention to detail on the actual wearable is something I haven’t seen in other devices, it’s simply beautiful. The tech side, letting me send visual and audio messages to the people I love, is highly personal and engaging. I can’t wait until this is available for iOS devices.

Brian MillerBrian Miller

voluri.com

Visit Google Plus PageFounder & CEO Voluri, wearable electronics for women on the go

Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality
There is a wealth of information around us all of the time virtually everywhere we go, but for the most part it is invisible, or, at a minimum, hidden. Google Glass was the first nose under the tent investigating the potential to make this data visible and available to us when and where we need it. Oculus Rift offers a compelling, immersive experience for relatively static use cases. Meta’s AR glasses offer the opportunity to take some of the 3D VR elements and overlay them on top of the physical world around us. This will open up a whole new way of interacting with our environment, both for queries and control. Eventually these may take the form factor of contact lenses, an exciting proposition.

The Not-So-Humble Smartphone
While not truly wearable by most standards, joggers who are fond of wearing iPhones on their arms may disagree, this piece of tech is irreplaceable for most people with it’s ubiquitous influence on our day-to-day lives and it’s boundless wealth of information (and distraction). What I think we will see, though, is that the smartphone will morph into a truly wearable device that will be integrated into our clothing, yet still modular and transferable, and will serve as the hub for a network of sensors and interfaces located on, in, and around our bodies. The smartphone will continue to get faster, smaller, and ever more efficient, freeing designers to focus on hyper-optimized UIs for exactly when and where they are needed.

Health & Wellness
The opportunities for wearables to affect positive change on people’s lives on a massive scale goes well beyond pedometers, heart rate monitors, and sleep trackers. Biometric information derived from external sensors will continue to get more sophisticated, providing ever more useful and immediately relevant feedback to their users. Concepts like Google’s glucose monitoring contact lenses for diabetics get us one step closer to real-time in-vivo monitoring of key biomarkers. The future of medicine will be immediate and very personal. But the real opportunity, I believe, will be in implantables and ingestibles that ride the Moore’s Law wave to miniaturization and power efficiency that makes them readily available for use by the layperson in the comfort of their own home.

Petr PalanPetr Palan

petrpalan.com

Visit Google Plus PageEntrepreneur, Problem Solver, Advisor, Execution Geek

You ask at the right time, in between my trips; my favourites of the month are:

  1. Withings Pulse meter
  2. OMsignal clothing
  3. and iPhone (still the best universally useful wearable, until 3D hologram iWatch comes)

BL OchmanB.L. Ochman

whatsnextblog.com

Visit Google Plus PageCEO of Maximum-Plus.com

BIO:
B.L. Ochman has been helping leading brands incorporate new media into their marketing since 1996. She is CEO of Maximum-Plus.com http://maximum-plus.com Google+ events and training for brands, educators and associations. She has been publishing What’s Next Blog? http://whatsnextblog.com about digital strategy and trends since 2002 and is co-host of the weekly Google+ Hangout on Air, The Beyond Social Media Show http://beyondsocialmediashow.com. She contributes to AdAge Digital Next, is a Google Partner, certified Google+ Helpouts Coach and YouTube Channel Creator. She’s @whatsnext http://www.twitter.com/whatsnext on Twitter on Google+ https://plus.google.com/+BLOchman
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  1. I want to wear one device that has enough apps to stand alone – a digital Dick Tracy watch. I am not a big fan of any of the current wearables.
  2. GoogleGlass when the price comes down and it just works. It’s still in beta for a reason: it doesn’t always work. I also want to be able to join or launch a Hangout on Air with it.?

Ajay FryAjay Fry

ajayfry.com

Visit Google Plus PageHost/Producer at Bell Media

  1. Oculus Rift! I tried the Oculus Rift for the first time at E3 last year and it blew me away. It’s a fully immersive experience at 480p and with an HD version already in development I’m incredibly excited about the future of that technology.
  2. Nymi – This little wristband can store your passwords and credentials and keep them secure by relating them to the unique rhythm of your heart. Though I don’t like to wear anything on my wrists, so hopefully they’ll find a way to produce the same effect in a keychain.
  3. The Seil Bag for Cyclists – Now sort-of nice weather has finally hit Toronto, I’ll be back on my bike to work, and this neato back-pack will help me stand out and inform Toronto’s easily distracted drivers of my intentions.

pierre_metivierPierre Metivier

sanscontact.wordpress.com

Visit Google Plus PageBlogger, speaker & professor.

  1. Samsung Gear Fit – own one, very happy with it – personalization best feature of the smart watch, great screen, SMS and mail alerts (and reading), stepmeter … all cool.
  2. NFC Ring – waiting for mine, following Kickstarter participation, a light way to interact with your environment using opt-in / NFC
  3. Google Glass – would love to give it a try, looks very promising but raises so many questions (and I would need “correction” glasses – not sure of the right term)

Denise Lee YohnDenise Lee Yohn

deniseleeyohn.com

Visit Google Plus PageBrand-building Expert and Keynote Speaker

Blending a fresh perspective, twenty-five years of experience, and a talent for inspiring audiences, Denise Lee Yohn is a leading authority on building and positioning exceptional brands. Denise initially cultivated her brand-building approaches through several high-level positions in advertising and client-side marketing.

She served as lead strategist at advertising agencies for Burger King and Land Rover and as the marketing leader and analyst for Jack in the Box restaurants and Spiegel catalogs. Denise went on to head Sony Electronic Inc.’s first ever brand office, where she was the vice president/general manager of brand and strategy and garnered major corporate awards.

  1. Nike+ – to remind me how slowly I run :)
  2. Nike iPod – to make me run faster and work out harder.
  3. Garmin watch (for cycling) – to track my miles and elevation gain/loss.

Rafael Pérez RevillaRafael Pérez Revilla

misgafasdegoogle.com

Visit Google Plus PageMisgafasdegoogle.com Blogger

My Three wearable Answers:

As an expert blogger on mobile and Wearable technologies, I usually have a premise: I don’t really care for the technology itself but how we use it and how it benefits people. If you ask me to choose three ” If you could have only ” devices, I’ll probably stick with any device that improves society. Any device that can assist in rescues, in medicine, natural catastrophes, or a device that helps people with disabilities or help people have an easier, better life would be the ideal device for me.

Currently there are 3 devices that have caught my attention in the Wearables ecosystem:

Google Glass: because this device is showing the general public its great potential, as I have been following it closely by users like Cecilia Abadie, one of the first Glass Explorers.

Oculus Rift : Because of the possibilities offered to recreate virtual environments, as I have tried it myself.

SmartWatch : For its potential as a future tracking and control of our blood pressure, heart rate … ultimately this is the future of Health.

Raimo van der KleinRaimo van der Klein

paywitheaze.com

Visit Google Plus PageFounder of Glasseffect

With Glasseffect Raimo is leading the way, introducing this new technology to both companies and users. Raimo is also co-founder of Layar, the worlds largest augmented reality platform. Layar was founded in 2009 and Raimo was the CEO of the company in its first three years.

  1. Oculus Rift (own it)
  2. Nymi band (ordered)
  3. Neptune Pine (ordered)
  4. Bonus: Ring by logbar (ordered)

Angelica CamposAngelica Campos

fox8.com

Visit Google Plus PageMeteorologist at FOX8

  1. Phone and headphones
  2. GPS Watch
  3. Hot spot internet or wifi to take anywhere.

Craig BakerCraig Baker

ilovemypebble.com

Visit Google Plus PageWearable Tech Writer and Supporter

BIO:

Who am I? Well I live in the UK, work in the IT industry and LOVE gadgets. KS and IndieGoGo are just a nightmare for someone like me, it is just so addictive. I have backed multiple KS and Indiegogo campaigns, some good, some bad. As I realised how good the Pebble watch was, I set up a number of home made projects to further my passion: www.ilovemypebble.com, @ilovemypebble, @ilovemyiwatch, @ilovemygear, http://www.pinterest.com/ilovemypebble/ , facebook.com/ilovemypebble, LinkedIn Pebble Watch Owners Club, The wearable technology train is rolling on, and as it gathers steam, I like to add to it with other projects, so iWatch and Gear are two of my favourites right now.

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  1. The most awesum Pebble Smart Watch. This really has started the wearable tech revolution for me. Its ability to relay simple info from your phone just means life is just SIMPLER. I took two from the Kickstarter funding and have added watch faces, slickwraps and a new strap to it. It is truly a daily use piece of tech.
  2. Google Glasses. As a UK resident I have not seen any official ones yet, but at the recent Wearable Tech show in London, a very kind American let me try his. Truly amazing technology and I can see me wearing those, albeit in a normal pair of glasses.
  3. And lastly, the Tinitell. This is an amazing product currently on Kickstarter, and we do hope it gets funded. It gives kids the security of knowing they can phone Dad when they need to, and Dad the opportunity to bell your kids. Fab!

Clive MaxfieldClive Maxfield

eetimes.com

Electronics and Computer Consultant and Writer for EE Times

  1. Google Glass (although I’d prefer a future generation version with full-up augmented reality).
  2. A smart watch that (somehow) kept constant track of my pulse, blood pressure, blood oxygen level, how many steps I take (and at what speed), and so forth.
  3. Firewalker LED Sneakers using Adafruit’s NeoPixels strips.

Jose ResendezJose Resendez

JoseResendez.com

Visit Google Plus PagePublic relations and digital/social marketing at Fleishman Hillard

  1. Google Glass
  2. Nike Wristband
  3. Samsung watch

Fabio LalliFabio Lalli

fabiolalli.com

Visit Google Plus PageCEO of IQUII Wearable Tech Company

Imho the wearable devices are (btw, they are the ones that I wear even now):

  1. Smartwatch (I use Pebble).
  2. Ring or Google Glass.
  3. Health sensor sticky.

Hilary TopperHilary Topper

hilarytopper.com

Visit Google Plus PageFounder of public relations company HJMT

  1. Google Glass – I love the ease of surfing the web and I am really enjoying many of the new apps. They are starting to make my life a little easier.
  2. Running Watch – That has a heart rate monitor, distance, cadence, on line coach and also tracked indoor running. Currently I have the NIKE Sportswatch but I’m not thrilled with it. I’m looking for something better.
  3. Warmx – Wearable underwear that heats you. I love that I could use that for golf, running or hiking in the cold weather.

JP GownderJ. P. Gownder

forrester.com

VP and Principal Analyst at Forrester

  1. A truly immersive set of smart glasses. While Google Glass has received a lot of buzz and developer support, it can’t do augmented reality — i.e. projecting information directly onto the lenses, allowing for information to be overlaid on top of what you see in the real world. Recon Jet, Vuzix, and others are closer to this vision today, but in coming years we’ll see a viable mass-market immersive smart glass.
  2. A smartwatch with authentication technology built-in. Walking around the world — into retail stores, hospitals, my workplace, etc. — I’d like to be able to open doors, pay for goods, and receive concierge level treatment (a la Disney’s Magic Band — but on a much wider scale). To get that, a smartwatch with persistent authentication (like Bionym’s Nymi band, which uses heart patterns via ECG technology to recognize the wearer) would obviate the need to enter passwords.
  3. Clothing with haptic feedback for directions. Both shoemakers (e.g. Ducere) and clothing makers (e.g. Wearable Experiments’ Navigate jacket) have developed clothing that, when combined with GPS, can gently nudge the wearer in a particular direction. Having my clothing literally guide me down the street would get my eyes off of my smartphone and onto the sights and sounds I should be experiencing!

Jordan TurnerJordan Turner

thejordanturner.co.uk

Visit Google Plus PageOnline Creator

Wearable tech is a big passion of mine, and I love to track how the industry is growing, and the new innovations that are starting to be offered. I have checked out my fair share of wearable devices, so it was hard to bring it down to just 3. I decided on 2 devices I already have, and one device which is coming out soon, and I am on the verge of preordering.

Firstly, my choice of smartwatch is the Pebble. I have the original Pebble, and use it regularly. It is great for me as a student, as often I can’t get my phone out when studying. The Pebble is great in order to quickly glance at your notifications, and then decided whether it’s worth digging for your phone. One feature that I think makes the Pebble smartwatch superior over other smartwatches is its very own app store. The Pebble app store is growing every day, and more and more useful apps are being published. It brings a whole new life to the smartwacth, and now it isn’t just a second screen, but pretty much a standalone device, with many capabilities.

Secondly, my choice of fitness band is the Fitbit Flex. When deciding what fitness band to get, I looked at a variety of products. It was hard to decide on one, but the Fitbit just managed to do it for me. One thing I like about this device is the design. It doesn’t look too “techy” but just like a normal wristband, with some LED lights for tracking your progress. The true glory lies within the Fibit App. This is where you can check out all the data gathered from your Fitbit, including day to day activities and sleep tracking. The app is really easy to use, and I can monitor many different things. The low price of this product was what topped it off for me. Although the majority of features that are performed by these devices are shared among each other, the price varies depending on each product. For me, this was the best price, along with the design.

Lastly, this is a product that is still under development, but is looking to be released very soon. The WeOn glasses. I am currently on the verge of preordering, and I think by the time you have read this, I would have done so already. The WeOn glasses interest me a lot. The glasses do not have as many features as the Google Glass, however, these spectacles looks fantastic. Unlike Glass, these look like a normal pair of glasses, and you won’t look like a fool walking round in them. The glasses notify you whenever you receive a message, email, social interaction etc., just like a smartwatch would. By using the WeOn application, you can change the colour of the interactive notification, which glows in your peripheral vision, which only you can see. So you can receive alerts, while looking stylish! The even better thing about this product is the price. These are very cheap, and I would definitely recommend them for a stylish fashionable wearable device.

Billie WhitehouseBillie Whitehouse

wearableexperiments.com

Visit Google Plus PageFounding member of We:eX (Wearable Experiments)

The devices that I would want do not yet exist yet.

  1. Scent Dispensing device: I would like to have a device that knows when I have been perspiring and that will dispense a scent accordingly.
  2. Sleep Brainwave monitor (comfortable and elegant): This would have the ability to replay you dreams and perhaps teach us something about the subconscious.
  3. Portable 3D projection device: I would like to conduct my work with my hands through a 3D projection. I learn in a physical nature so this would activate my memory.

Graeme KirkGraeme Kirk

wearabletechnologyshow.net

Visit Google Plus PageEvent Manager for The World’s Largest Wearable Technology Conference & Expo – Wearable Technology Show

For me with wearables being in its infancy there are a lot of products coming out which have a sole purpose, and I think the successful ones will, like the smartphone, be capable of running multiple functions. Fitness trackers are an example of that, they are in fashion now, but ultimately they don’t provide accurate information, or information that can be translated into much use like sport specific watches/heart rate monitors. However, given the size and power requirements of them, there is no reason they can’t be incorporated into a smart watch, glass etc as a feature. They also have to be desirable, watches for example are bought as a fashion statement, not to tell the time. So there are challenges of form over function.

So for me I would have to go for:

Pebble Steel, Brushed stainless steel with leather strap (although I’m interested what the google/Fossil partnership will bring)
NFC Ring
WeON Glasses

These would be the ones I would most likely wear as near to 24/7 due to the subtlety. But I would certainly look are more sports specific wearable tech to wear during exercise/sport. Smartlife GPS/ECG t-shirt, AiQ, GoPro, Polar, etc. Home automation and the Internet of Everything will be very exciting for wearable tech also.

Rachel HinmanRachel Hinman

rachelhinman.com

Wearable Technology Researcher, Designer and Author

Most players in the wearable industry are all making a land grab for the health and fitness industry. I think wearables will be less about tracking information and more about expression. People in the tech space seem to miss the most common use cases for clothing and accessories: to make us look good, to make us feel good, to broadcast to the people around us the story of who we are and who we want to be. I think the real opportunity for wearable technology is to amplify the expressive qualities of what we wear – enabling connection in space in time. My picks all pay reverence to the relationship between fashion and wearable technology:

Cute Circuits iMini Skirt

I’m a big fan of Cute’s Circuits fashion-forward wearables – and this skirt is one of my favorite pieces that they’ve designed. The lights on this beautiful, flirty skirt can be controlled with an app on your iPhone. It’s a beautiful statement piece for the tech-savvy fashionista. The folks at Cute Circuit have been in this game for a while – they are ones to watch as wearable tech takes off.

Ringly

I’ve been following this wearable tech start-up since last fall and folks I know who’ve seen their work give it rave reviews. Supposedly they are creating a suite of beautifully designed, Bluetooth enabled jewelry that pairs with your phone, alerting you to important messages. Can’t wait until these guys unveil their work.

Misfit Shine

The strategy to create a flexible fitness tracking module that can fit in a variety of form factors (wrist, necklace, etc..) gives the user a lot of flexibility, and makes the Misfit shine my favorite fitness tracker on the market. I hope they eventually partner with players in the fashion industry because I have a feeling that if they do, they will blow the competition away.

Isabel PedersenIsabel Pedersen

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Research Chair in Digital Life, Media, & Culture, PhD, UOIT author

If I could only own three wearables, I would pick:

1. Meta Pro by META (coming soon)

The Meta Pro augmented reality display is designed as an “ideal” wearable interface. It will combine a visual virtual interface (3D holographic screen) with gestural interaction. It promises to make augmented reality much more visually engaging than Google Glass because it combines so many sensory experiences. The applications will be more ambitious and immersive, moving beyond the smartphone model.

2. Apple biometric-monitoring EarPod (pure rumour)

If rumors are true, Apple is going to release a wearable ear bud that will monitor vital signs. The rumour is that it will track heart rate and pulse and record the information for the user. While there are many health trackers on the market, Apple’s devices usually conform to human-centric design. It has a proven history of introducing devices that seamlessly integrate with everyday life. Even though so many wearables are emerging, most are focusing too much on the tech and not enough on the person who has to wear them. Apple usually gets this right.

3. Bionic contact lenses (future)

Many companies have been working on the idea of a display embedded in contact lenses and the hype is in full swing. Bionic contact lenses promise to duplicate smartphone functionality with a wireless connection and a micro-camera. But they are also rumoured to track the vital signs for the wearer, which would give them the capacity to augment humans in a unique way. The key, however, is to make sure that the individual’s private information stays private! We are early enough in the design cycle to make sure these devices have proper security measures built into them.

Robert PrimeRobert Prime

telematics.com

Visit Google Plus PageEditor of wearable.co.uk

BIO:
Robert Prime is the editor of wearable.co.uk and has been in the technology space for 8 years, running sites like telematics.com and other high profile sites focusing on emerging technologies.
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  1. Martian Smart Watch:- I actually bought the Martial Smart Watch after reading a review one of our writers wrote on this site! I immediately loved the look of it and I have to confess that when wearing a watch I do tend to go for looks before extra functionality. I was pleasantly surprised when I got it and it was easy to set up and get synced with my Android phone. I now get alerts when someone interacts with me on twitter, texts me or Skypes me. I also use it a lot as a hands free device to receive and make calls with when I am on the move. There are a lot more functions it offers but overall I am very happy with it.
  2. Kiroco Jewellery from Kiroco.com :- I saw this at the Wearable Tech Conference in London and thought it was a touching and cool way to use wearable technology. It is jewellery that allows you to send private messages to a loved one that only they can see. The messages are stored and the devices are encrypted so no one else can access them if you were to lose them. They make an ideal gift for the loved one in your life and are a good example of how wearable tech can look good and be personalised.
  3. Mbody shorts. I also saw these at the wearable expo in London. They are a pair of smart shorts that contain advanced sensors. The shorts sync up with your phone and relay information to it about the electronic activity in your quadriceps and hamstrings in both legs. This information tells you things like left-right and front back muscle balance, muscle load and more which can help detect injuries, weaknesses or can be used as sports aid to ensure proper muscle usage and weight distribution. I would love these to see if they helped me with Golf of all things as weight transference is key here and also having snapped my Achilles tendon it would be good to ensure my muscles are working properly.

 

Vicki WintersVicki Winters

vickiwinters.com

Visit Google Plus PageBlogger. Foodie. Public Relations. Wearables Wearer

BIO:

Vicki has always wanted to have her own talk show, but wasn’t quite ready for prime time so she created a blog called, “The Vicki Winters Show.” In her own mind, she’s on a talk show 24/7. She has been an on camera reporter at film festivals and technology conferences and was instrumental in video production for The University of Tennessee’s Food Safety course, after they randomly uncovered a Youtube video she created in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Before creating “The Vicki Winters Show”and Bites On Bikes Food Tours, Vicki worked at Esquire Magazine, Body Glove Swimwear, The Walt Disney Company, and several places in between.

She has produced fashion and technology events, and even scooped ice cream sammies, on the Coolhaus mobile food truck.

Vicki lives with her husband Daniel, in Lower Manhattan. When they are not biking and eating their way around NYC, they are biking and eating their way around the world.

Be a guest on her BLOG, Follow her on Twitter @MybigFatMouth or check her out on FACEBOOK.

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  1. Samsung Watch- I tried the older model for 48 hours and was really loving the large, yet not too large display. It integrates well with the Samsung phone and I just may decide to leave my Apple products in the dust when I see what they have up their literal sleeve.
  2. Ring by Logbar. Saw this at SXSW and think it would be great to be able to point and text. They are slated to integrate with the Pebble watch notifications, and I’d love to be able to reply without having to look at my phone all the time.
  3. Pebble Watch- Although I will eventually only wear one wearable watch at a time, I would love to have the new Pebble Steel. I love that it gives notifications when the phone is ringing, or when my pesky husband is texting me for some emergency.

Al SaccoAl Sacco

cio.com

Visit Google Plus PageMobile Workhorse Tech Writer

I currently own two wearable gadgets that I use regularly: Google Glass and my Fitbit Zip. So I guess those are two of the three wearables I’d choose. My Glass is currently out of order following a failed software update, but Google says it shipped me a new unit to resolve the problem, so I’m eagerly awaiting its arrival. I love my Fitbit, and I’m considering getting a more full-featured model, such as the Fitbit One or Fitbit Flex.

I’ve kind of resisted the smartwatch wave, because I don’t like to wear a watch, and the functionality just hasn’t really piqued my interest quite yet. I am keeping a close eye on the space. I’m interested in the Pebble Steel watch, and though I don’t really plan to buy one, I wouldn’t mind spending some time with it. I’ve also been following the “iWatch” smartwatch rumors closely, and I’m very interested in seeing what Apple comes up with, if it is indeed working on a smartwatch.

Amos KingatuaAmos Kingatua

infozene.com

Visit Google Plus PageFounder of Intertel Office Solutions and Infozene.com

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A Kenyan entrepreneur, electrical and Electronics engineer, ICT consultant (hardware and software), blogger and technical content writer. Passionate about technology and gadgets.

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Below are the three devices I would choose, a fourth one which is not yet manufactured is included.

  1. Amulet Jewelry: – to track my health and fitness activities. It has capable of communicating with other health and fitness devices and provide health data in case of a medical emergency.
  2. The Nod Bluetooth ring: – to control my smart devices in the neighborhood using gestures.
  3. Google Glass: – For so many features including the Drivesafe that ‘wakes’ me up in case I sleep while on the wheel. The feature will also advise on the nearest resting place.
  4. SafeOneLife wearable IED detector – device not available. The gadget can use the same concept as the SafeOneLife wearable landmine detector (from Lemur Studio). It should be able to detect bombs and other explosive devices in public places and be affordable. We have been experiencing several IED explosions in buses, hotels and such a wearable device can be very useful.

Our Conclusion

Google Glass came in top which is not a huge surprise as it is the most publicised piece of wearable technology that is out there which is capable of amazing things. People we spoke to would like to see Google Glass look slightly more stylish or less obvious than it does but that did not take away hugely from it’s overall desirability. Then there’s the Pebble Watch which was funded by kickstarter and really set the bar for smart-watches with its sleek design, price point and simple functionality. The Oculus Rift was joint 3rd and this promises to be the next generation in virtual reality technology. All of the experts that recommended this had tried it or owned it and were blown away by it’s potential. It is available for pre-order here. Sharing 3rd place was the NFC Ring which is a stylish ring that is another Kickstarter funded product. It allows you to open doors, mobile phones, share information and other useful functions. Limited quantities are available for pre-order here.

Of course the Apple iWatch is highly anticipated and those in the know are already billing it to be one of the best wearable technology gadgets so we expected it to figure highly on people’s wish lists. It is not yet known what the iWatch will look like so we included an image of how it could look which was sent to us. We too cannot wait for this as we feel it will push the wearable electronics space to new heights.

In 5th and 6th place are the quite established and popular NFC Ring and the Misfit Shine. Both are proven to have uses in today’s lifestyle and are recommended by users. Let’s not forget all the other products mentioned including presently available ones, ones in concept/development stages and also visions of products that the experts would like to see, in all there were over 40 mentioned.

7 Comments

  1. Glen Gilmore May 20, 2014 Reply

    Thanks for including me in your survey!

    I wanted to give an update on Google Glass. I am pleased to report that, recently, connectively for Glass has become much more reliable. So, as a “Glass Explorer,” I am hopeful that my entire experience with Glass will be much improved!

    The Age of Wearables has only just begun!

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      wearable May 20, 2014 Reply

      Thanks For taking part Glen. Really appreciated your input and choices.
      Agreed on wearables just being at the beginning too, no doubt they will continue to look better too in tandem!

      As for Google Glass, we think it is truly incredible!

  2. Abhishek Gupta May 23, 2014 Reply

    Hi

    I believe the entire list and valuable feedbacks really summarizes the popularity and use of these wearable gadgets. The evolution of technology is something which has changed drastically in the last few decades and these wearable tech gadgets are a new leap to the future world of technology. I have been tracking these gadgets and had concluded with my own list of popiular tech gadgets on my website. I would say the top three wearable gadgets which I would prefer includes:
    Google Glass
    Pebble
    and the iWatch
    Besides, I am sure brands like Samsung is going to come up with its range of tech products along with other leading brands. Future of wearable tech definitely seems quite exciting…

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