It is no understatement to say that the use of wearable technology has exploded in the past few years. While most people are familiar with fitness trackers such as Fitbit, the market has expanded well beyond that. Below are highlights of some of the newest trends to watch for in 2020 and beyond.
People who struggle to hear conversation at normal pitches when competing with numerous background noises may enjoy the option to purchase hearables instead of traditional hearing aids. This device, worn in the ear canal like hearing aids, amplifies sounds the user wants to hear while blocking out competing sounds.
Compared to hearing aids, hearables offer better digital signal processing technology, have longer lasting and smaller batteries, and a wider Bluetooth range. While they are not exactly inconspicuous, that seems a small price to pay for the added technology.
Avid cyclists who want to listen to music or take care of business while out for a ride can now do so thanks to intelligent helmets. Users can navigate their route with built-in GPS technology, listen to their favorite songs, and even take calls entirely through the helmet. This is possible because of bone conduction technology that converts incoming sound into vibrations.
Instead of transmitting those sounds through the eardrums, the intelligent helmet sends them through the cheekbones. However, the helmet doesn’t block important sounds cyclists need to stay safe such as car horns and sirens from an ambulance or the police.
Although Apple has not yet launched this product in 2020, technology industry insiders are watching the company closely to predict its next move. However, a few smaller start-ups have already introduced smart glasses to consumers. Some prominent features of this product include:
- Turn by turn directions
- Sensing of health conditions
- Ability to produce first-person videos
- Facial recognition
- Text messaging
- Music choices
While this might sound like a science fiction movie, it was already reality as early as 2019. If Apple gets in on the act, consumers can expect to see many more options to purchase smart glasses in the future.
Apollo Wellness Device
Neuroscientists and doctors developed this device to help people get a better handle on their stress at work, home, or just everyday life activities. Worn like a watch, Apollo senses when the user’s stress level is increasing and emits gentle vibrations to help bring it back down. The device works in coordination with the user’s nervous system to optimize heart rate and create a calmer mind. This allows for a better night’s sleep and improved concentration during the day.
People may sometimes wish for a device that could read their mind and then complete whatever action they were thinking. That is now a possibility with a wearable device called NextMind. It comes complete with brain-sensing technology that enables it to translate signals and control other devices in real time. For example, just thinking about turning on the television should result in the device doing exactly that. The scheduled release date for NextMind is later in 2020.
While these wearable devices might not be right for everyone, it’s clear that the market is only growing larger. It is an exciting time for consumers to watch technology, whether they intend to follow through with a purchase or not.