The trends for 2018 seem to be a reduction in size in wearables and increases in their functionality, and this tech is aimed at making consumers lives’ easier. From tracking fitness to counting calories, making navigation easier and even offering the wearer the chance to play casino games, wearables are becoming more popular than ever, but they need to stand out to really make an impact.
Let’s take a look at the top wearable trends for 2018 and see how they will make a difference:
Although Google’s Smart Glasses were very nearly a flop and have now proven really to only be suitable for use in the commercial sector, the idea of Smart Glasses is not dead. Now, Intel has changed up the smart glass concept, offering a streamlined design that is far more user friendly.
Intel’s new Vaunt glasses resemble regular eyeglasses, and offer prescription lenses to fit, so users can wear smart glasses without standing out and drawing unwanted attention like Google’s offering did.
Intel is the only smart glass option that can project the required images onto the user’s retinas via lasers, so no additional add-ons are necessary. Intel has packed all the tech required for their smart glasses to function into the sidearm of the spectacles, keeping the glasses size down and making them look like a regular pair of glasses. The release of the Vaunt glasses is highly anticipated in 2018, and will probably be the basis on which future smart glasses are modelled on.
Proof is a simple and elegant solution to the drunk driving issue, and is a wearable that can tell if you are over the drink drive limit. With its production set to start last year, the makers of Proof successfully crowd funded twice their requested production costs. This wearable monitors and analyses your blood alcohol levels through your skin, and is a less obvious way of keeping track of your BAC levels. As well as monitoring your BAC levels, Proof is an elegant looking solution to a serious public issue.
Proof is a tech item that shows consumers are interested in wearables that can improve all aspects of their lives.
The announcement by company RED that they were releasing a smartphone with a holographic screen was initially met with uncertainty. Further clarification later revealed that the phone would provide a 3D experience on the screen, a projection of buildings and landscapes that will create an interactive map a user will be able to use to do a virtual tour.
With a pre-order price of $1,195, the RED smartphone is quite costly, but it is sure to break new boundaries when released in 2018. And though a smartphone is technically not a wearable, this phone’s potential usefulness will see it never leaving your hand.
Hexoskin takes wearables to the next level and this open data shirt is designed to monitor the wear’s vital statistics. It’s set to be a game changer for sportsmen as it monitors EKG, heart rate, breathing, and heart rate variability, and relays the data via Bluetooth to a smartphone or tablet. This smart fabric has already been used in space and on sports fields, and in the next few months we may well see it make more of an impact on consumers as it hits the retail market.
It is clear that wearables are infiltrating every sector of our lives now and from the first smartwatch released by Apple in 2015 to the smart fabric available just a few years later, it is clear that this technology is here to stay.