Wearables and connected technology devices once again proved to be a big talking point at CES – the Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas last week -- as the technology continues to extend into new uses and products – and it will be a key theme for Apps World this year too.
Last year we had Samsung’s Galaxy Gear, and Google Glass and many other similar launches –especially in the smart watch sector - are expected this year. Experts believe 2014 will be the year of connected devices and wearable technologies and the trend will also be examined in more dept at Apps World North America next month with a session dedicated to Wearables and IOT on the second day of the Droid track.
Below are a few examples of the new devices that debuted at last week’s CES:
The Kolibree smart toothbrush, which is due to ship in the third quarter of this year has been likened to “FitBit for your teeth” referring to the bracelet used by many consumers to monitor their health and fitness levels. The toothbrush will collect details about consumer’s brushing habits by recording each brush stroke and assessing whether people have brushed long and well enough to ensure good mouth health too. Its makers are also launching an API, opening it up to third party developers to create new apps for it.
For those consumers for whom getting fit in 2014 is about building muscle rather than just losing weight a new gadget from startup Skulpt, which is to launch in May, claims to be the world’s first wireless device that determines the health of muscles. The device, Aim, measures how currents flow in key muscles and then collects data that is synced to an online database. The launch follows a crowdsourcing fundraising campaign for the company which saw it raise nearly $290,000.
With a new take on the smart bracelet market the June bracelet – which bears no resemblance to a connected device whatsover -- has connectivity use whilst also looking pretty. For those whose sun habits leave much to be desired the June bracelet, which can also be worn as a broach, measures the impact of sun exposure. Dubbed your ‘personalised sun protection coach’ the product warns consumers when they need to cover up or put on sun cream or sunglasses with the app calculating maximum exposure times depending on skin type.
Also unveiled at CES was the latest development in the connected baby market with the Mimo monitor – a wearable sensor in the shape of a turtle that snaps onto a babygrow to collect data such as breathing rates, temperature, position and movement to calm worried parents, allowing them to check how their baby is simply by checking their status on their mobile.
Find out more about wearables and connected technology at Apps World North America next month
At Apps World North America next month (February 5-6) as well as a session dedicated to Wearables and IOT on the second day of the Droid track the show will also feature a number of wearable and connected technology start-ups. These include the interactive Petcube, smart air monitor Birdi and smart controller HorseMoon all of whom will be exhibiting as new or small businesses within the Wearable Technologies and IoT Applications section of the show’s start-up zones.