wear it well
On your wrist or in your face, wearable tech is here to stay… Who knew the guys that make your home printer could also knock out a Google Glass rival? These specs have a front-facing camera, head-tracking tech and run Android, but that’s where the similarities end. Dual LCD projectors in the lenses replace Glass’s tiny eye-line prism screen. Still, they’re cheaper…
$TBC , epson.com.au, out May
First to enter the smartwatch fray, this Kickstarter poster boy has had a redesign. Now with a Tri-Colour LED,
not e-ink, screen and a stainless steel or leather strap, it looks classy.
The changes are only aesthetic, though – no new apps or features.
$279, getpebble.com, out now
LG Lifeband Touch
This is firstly a fitness tracker, with
a three-axis accelerometer and altimeter measuring movement and
showing stats on its small OLED touchscreen. But it dips its toes into smartwatch territory, too, alerting Android and iOS users to calls and text messages. Compatibility with RunKeeper and MyFitnessPal gives it a sporting chance of success.
$tbc, lg.com/au, out late 2014
This professional fitness watch measures performance and heart rate – even in up to 30m of water – sending data in real-time to the PolarFlow iOS and Android app. Integrated GPS maps your runs and its intelligent software tracks your recovery with similar accuracy.
$tbc, polar.com, out April
Epson Moverio BT200
A goal-orientated fitness tracker much like Nike’s Fuelband, which measures your regular exertions and sets daily goals for constant, manageable improvement. Press the one, lone button and it syncs data with your Garmin Connect profile.
$149, garmin.com/au, out now
It’s high time a games brand got in on the ‘gamifying fitness’ bangle action. The PC specialist is still developing this prototype, but
promises an accelerometer, altimeter, Bluetooth 4.0 to sync data and dual OLED screens to display it.
$TBc, razer.com, out tbc