With so many gadgets at our disposal that keep us connected and entertained all the time, there is no doubt that our love for gadgets is unconditional. With an effort to make our lives simpler, gadget creators have come up with a few gadgets you can actually wear and carry them along with you wherever you go. They are cool and definitely will make you stand out in a crowd. These elegant gadgets not only satisfy their objective with their unique features, but also turn into fashion accessories and make a style statement. So, without much ado let’s get an insight of the top 10 wearable gadgets.
- #1 Wi-Fi Detecting shirt
The Wi-Fi detector shirt, as the name suggests, detects Wi-Fi signals and allows you to share data too. The glowing bars on the front of the shirt, glow to let you know the signal strength. It is powered by a trio of AAA batteries. Once you are done with sharing data, just slip the batteries out of the pouch and unhook the animated decal. While washing the shirt, peel the decal, unplug the battery pack, remove the ribbon connector behind the decal and gently wash it. Replace all of it after the wash. It will not damage your shirt.
- #2 Nike + iPod Sport Kit
Sometimes, we buy gadgets because they are unique and refreshingly novel. However, this gadget is definitely a rational purchase. The Nike iPod sport kit consists of a sensor, which you have to simply slip under the sock liner and connect it to your iPod. The sensor measures your pace, distance covered, time and calories burned, while you are walking or jogging. It is not necessary to own a pair of Nike shoes only, you could attach the sensor to any pair of shoes by securing a piece of Velcro to the device. So, now you get real-time feedback while you train!
- #3 Fingernail Watch
You might have come across various types of watches; different styles, weird shapes, sizes and different technology, but nothing can beat this unique, innovative technology. Forget wearing a watch on the wrist, Timex has come up with this unique watch that snugly fits on your nail. Thanks to its translucent body and design that allows the watch to smoothly fit on the nail. The text color and glow feature is activated on your command. Since, it is tiny with minimalist design and disposable too, doesn’t cost you much. So, are you ready to wear the time on your nail?
- #4 Interactive Tattoos
It is amazing to know how technology can be infused in our blood, well, I mean literally! Interactive tattoos are implanted beneath the skin, through a small incision. Two tubes of the device are attached to an artery and a vein to allow blood to flow through them. The blood fuel cell in the device converts glucose and oxygen in the blood to electricity. The display of this device is somewhat similar to an inked tattoo, however in reality tiny microscopic spheres in the device give it such a glowing effect. It can be turned off and on by pushing a small glowing button on the device. Although it is only a concept till date, but we will soon see its execution. And if you are wondering whether these interactive tattoos could have harmful biological effects. Well, actually they are supposed to alert a person of any health problem, as it continually monitors for blood disorders. Therefore, they probably will be the coolest and safest tattoo ever!
- #5 Solar-powered Jacket
Ermenegildo Zegna’s solar-powered jacket is a brilliant example of fashion fused with technology and above all is environment-friendly. This solar-powered jacket has solar panels attached to the upper sleeves, which harnesses power from the sun and convert it into electrical energy, just enough to charge your cellphone or iPod. The solar battery gets fully charged with 5 hours of direct sunlight. If you think Zegna’s jacket cost you big bucks, go in for local manufacturers, who design such jackets.
- #6 Lightweight Wrist Phone
Having established a reputation as mobile phone manufactures who dare to explore newer technology, Samsung yet again exhibits its technical prowess by coming out with a wrist phone. It is described as the world’s thinnest touchscreen phone! This wrist phone has Bluetooth, mp3 player, speaker phone, touchscreen and most importantly its ability to sync with your Outlook email! Samsung is not the only company to introduce this technology; the other competitors in this domain include Sony Ericson, LG and Philips. So, now you don’t really have to worry about misplacing or forgetting your phone, because the device is wrapped around your wrist and goes with you wherever you go!
- #7 Universal Gadget Wrist Charger
Portable devices have an uncanny tendency to indicate low-battery when you need them the most, right? But, not any more. Thanks to this universal gadget wrist charger, which sits comfortably on your wrist. You can just plug into any compatible electronic device, be it your iPod or your laptop. It has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, and a universal port. However, you would have to purchase pins compatible to each of your gadgets (cell phones, mp3 players, gaming systems or laptop), so that your gadgets can be connected with ease into the port. Now, you don’t have to worry about charging your devices, even while traveling for long durations.
- #8 iLogic Sound Hat
Don an iLogic Sound Hat, plug it into your iPod or mp3 player and you will be amazed to experience the sound quality of the integral speakers that fit in correctly just over your ears. These Sound hat do away with the blues of headphone cables and at the same time prevents the cold breeze from entering your ears. Of course there is a cord that enables one to plug it into a standard mp3 player or iPod. However, in case you are not using it, one can tuck it into the lining of the hat. Plug-in and chill out, without being affected by the chill.
- #9 USB Sunglasses
Calvin Klein crafts new sunglasses. What’s new about that? Well, the frame of these specialized sunglasses give way to a 4GB USB drive. Since, the USB drive is nestled into the metallic frame of the glasses, they are not detectable by anyone, except the user and 4 gigs is a lot of space. We must say it indeed is a cool way of fusing fashion and gadgetry. Thumbs up for this piece of innovation.
- #10 USB Heating Gloves
Another unusual wearable gadget is the USB heating gloves. The first impression of these gloves are like any normal gloves, but you will soon realize they have a USB cable which can be fixed into a vacant port in your laptop. These gloves will extract power from the computer’s USB port. After a few minutes the internal heating pads of the gloves warm up and prevent your hands and fingers from freezing. Since, they have an in-built warmth controller, you don’t have to worry about the gloves overheating. Now you don’t have to worry about working in an air-conditioned room or during those chill winters.
From the list of top 10 wearable gadgets, it is clear that man’s endless thirst for technology is not just confined to hand-held gadgets, but have become an integral part of what he wears everyday. Credit must be given to the creators and designers of such wearable gadgets, for combining technology, originality, fashion and portability, all in one device!
By Divya Bichu