Wearable Technology a fun space to watch as the technology has evolved over the past few years. From rings to watches, sleep monitors to step counters, there are a wide variety of uses for this technology. Over the years, I’ve tried a variety of wearable technologies, and have found a few favorites.
My Favorite Wearable Technology Products
My first wearable technology that I tried was a classic Fitbit. I wore a couple different Fitbits on and off for 6 or so years (I’ve owned a couple since they, or their chargers, have disappeared). I’ve always stuck with the basic one (similar to the current Fitbit Zip). It was great for simply tracking my steps and flights of stairs, without having it be super noticeable. Even the bracelet style Fitbits have gotten a bit of a fashion upgrade, how cute are these Tory Burch Fitbits?!?
A couple years ago I learned about Ringly and I was super intrigued. I held out for a while, and then finally hit the “order” button when they had a sale. It charges in a cute little ring box, and is a great piece of jewelry that serves a secondary purpose. The ring will vibrate and flash a color depending on the settings you’ve set. Different notifications can be tied to a specific vibration count and color, and they can even be tied to specific people. So when Brad texts me, he has a different pattern than when Sarah sends me a message.
How fun is the charger for @ringly? I have been wanting one since I first learned about them so I was excited to get one for Christmas. So many times I’ve been talking to people and they suddenly ask “did your ring just flash?” and they are impressed when I explain what it does. I love how it simply looks like a ring, but can let me know when I get an email, text, or phone call from people I care about.
My newest wearable tech obsession is the Kate Spade Scallop Smart Watch. I first saw it when I was at CES in January, and had a feeling that I would be ordering it to arrive on the launch date. One of the things that really drew me into this watch were the fun faces. I absolutely love the “balloons” that display the time; they can even be changed into different colors to match my outfit.
The Kate Spade Smart Watch is based off of Android Wear, and easily ties into my phone for notifications. One downside is that it doesn’t have a SIM card or a speaker so it does need to be within your phone’s bluetooth range. I had one of the original Samsung Smart Watches for a while; and even then, I was barely without my phone so I didn’t use the cell signal aspect very often.
This watch looks more like a normal watch rather than a piece of technology; however, it has the fun technological features of a smart watch.