Watch out for this wearable tech in 2017

22nd March 2017
Anna Flockett

Initially when wearable technology first was introduced, you would see it mainly in fitness bands and smartwatches, however as technology develops in this fast pace world we are starting to see wearable tech expand beyond this. With the popularity of the Internet of Things, smart homes and connected devices, developers are beginning to create wearable tech in ways you never could have imagined before.

In the coming year, wearable tech looks like it's going to keep expanding into new types of devices and into new industries. Here are a few wearables to keep your eye on:

Samsung Gear S3 frontier                                                                                            
While smartwatches may seem like old news, they are still in their infancy in terms of development. With each generation, they are getting better with new applications and have better battery life and increased functionality. For example, the Samsung Gear S3 frontier has a rotating bezel that makes it easier to use apps and check your notifications. Once it's strapped to your wrist, you can leave your phone at home and still stay connected to your contacts, use Samsung Pay like a credit card, and get directions with the built-in GPS.

Here One
If you're sick of wired headphones, Here One is the wearable device for you. Here One is composed of two wireless Here Buds and a connected app that lets you stream music, make hands-free phone calls, watch videos with synced sound and filter out background noise. Instead of investing in expensive noise-canceling headphones, use these Here Buds to turn real-world noises up and down to your liking. For example, you can turn down the noise of an airplane engine, but still be able to hear the person next to you or the flight attendant. Pre-orders are just being shipped, so get in line for the next round.

Accesso Prism
Wearables aren't just for the consumer market. Businesses also are taking advantage of the new technology and finding ways to increase their bottom line and improve their customer satisfaction. A great example of this is Accesso Prism, which is a smartwatch product for amusement parks, water parks and festivals of all kinds. Guests can use the smartwatch to easily get through turnstiles at the front gate, reserve their place in line for rides and attractions, pay for merchandise or food using NFC and tag their photos. For guests, it provides them with a better experience with less waiting in line and having to carry bulky items throughout the park. For business owners, it unlocks secondary spending, increases their revenue and makes their guests happier.

Gemini 2 Record Equipped
The wearable market has heavily targeted athletes, and for good reason. Athletes rely on data and statistics to identify patterns and improve their workouts. Under Armour's new smart shoes are taking this to a whole new level. Gemini 2 pairs with Under Armour's MapMyRun app to track your time, distance, duration, cadence and splits without having to carry your phone. With the synced app, you can choose from more than 70 million routes or map your own route to get accurate data. The smart shoes also have a battery life that lasts beyond your shoes' life, and they alert you when you've hit 400 miles and the shoes need to be replaced.

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