The crowdfunding charts: In-ear fertility tracking, bone conduction headphones, and more
Aug29

The crowdfunding charts: In-ear fertility tracking, bone conduction headphones, and more

It’s hard to say what the “next big thing” is when there are so many exciting new implementations of wearable technology are coming out on a regular basis. Where do you even begin to sort through the lot of them? Well, crowdfunding websites are a good start. In fact, Kickstarter and Indiegogo are hotbeds for the latest and greatest wearable technologies — and when a campaign raises way more than their initial goal, you know it’s destined for greatness. Below are what we think could be the next-big-things according to the crowdfunding charts this week. What campaigns hit crowdfunding this week REMOVU S1 on Indiegogo Started: August 25 Goal: $20,000 Raised as of August 28: $74,757 (goal reached!) If you thought there was no way your GoPro camera could get better, think again. REMOVU S1 is a GoPro accessory designed to let you control your camera, no matter where it’s mounted. Say you’re capturing footage from the top of your bike helmet. Not only can REMOVU S1 stabilize your recording thanks to its rotary sensors, but you can also wirelessly control the camera angle with a Bluetooth-connected remote. It’s also totally waterproof, so don’t worry if you get caught in the rain. REMOVU S1 is going for the Early Bird price of $199, so hurry before the price jumps. Pulsar on Kickstarter https://d2pq0u4uni88oo.cloudfront.net/projects/2019766/video-576559-h264_high.mp4 Started: August 24 Goal: $5,000 Raised as of August 28: $1,032 An emphasis on personalization remains consistent as wearables grow in popularity, and it’s what Pulsar, a wearable LED-light, is all about. Pulsar is designed to be used in multiple ways, from a nightlight to the centerpiece of your Iron Man costume. With Pulsar, you can choose the light’s colors, animation patterns, and more through a smartphone app. How is this customization possible? According to its Kickstarter page, Pulsar is a big fan of Open-Source devices. By putting the power in users’ hands, this startup is making the experience of its product much more individualized. What campaigns are hot this week AfterShokz on Indiegogo Started: August 18 Goal: $65,000 Raised as of August 28: $243,812 (goal reached!) AfterShokz is a Syracuse, New York-based start up with an unusual idea for headphones. With a unique design and already-patented technology, AfterShokz is taking the concept of “open ear music” and making it completely its own. The titanium-framed headphones fit around the back of the head, no wires attached. The “open ears” part of the slogan refers to AfterShokz’s use of bone conduction technology. This allows for audio to transmit through your cheekbones, providing a hassle-free sound experience ideal for fitness or outdoor activities. You can also control the headphones from the device itself, so no need to take out your phone every time you...

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The Jabra Sport Coach puts a personal trainer in your headphones
Jun21

The Jabra Sport Coach puts a personal trainer in your headphones

Fresh off the recent release of the Sport Pulse, Jabra wasted no time presenting another way to take your workout to the next level. The Jabra Sport Coach, Jabra’s newest set of wireless headphones, integrates personal coaching into your workout routine. Designed for cross-training buffs, Jabra Sport Coach combines music, activity tracking, and interactive training in one in-ear device. As the official performance partner of the ITU World Triathlon Series, Jabra consistently produces wearables created to push athletes into working harder in those intensive workouts. “For sports, we are committed to delivering innovative audio solutions designed to enhance the training experience for fitness enthusiasts,” said CEO, René Svendsen-Tune. He continued, “[Jabra] started by specifically targeting runners and now we are taking the next step by delivering a solution optimised for cross trainers. We see clear possibilities for in-ear audio solutions combined with biometrics.” Ticking off all of the  essentials, the headset features a TrackFit motion sensor that monitors the basics like cadence, distance, steps, and calories. When paired with the companion app, Sport Life, users can easily plan workouts, track progress in real time, and even analyse data. The Coach even offers a variety of 40 different set workouts that the trainer can lead users through and offer motivations and results during repetitions. But, Jabra knows not to make compromise function for quality, and boasts premium music playback from Dolby in the earbuds. Although these headphones will set you back about $149.99, compared to the cost of a personal trainer at your neighborhood gym, it’ll give your wallet some room to breathe. Be on the look out as The Coach finds its way onto shelves in the next few...

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New to the Database: Jabra Rox and Jabra Stealth
Jun13

New to the Database: Jabra Rox and Jabra Stealth

Each Friday, we will alert our readers as to what devices and companies we’ve added to the authoritative Wearables.com Database over the course of the week. This week, we’ve added the Jabra Rox Wireless headphones and the Jabra Stealth headset to the database. Rox Wireless The Jabra Rox Wireless offer immersive sound that can be controlled directly from the earbuds, allowing you to keep your phone in your pocket but control calls and music wirelessly. The Rox Wireless are also weather and dust resistant and feature battery-saving power magnets for easy storage. The Rox Wireless feature NFC pairing functionality in addition to Bluetooth 4.0. Stealth The Jabra Stealth bluetooth headset features HD sound and noise reduction technology. It also features a dedicated voice control button and can be paired to a device via Bluetooth or NFC. The Stealth allows you to stream music, podcasts, or GPS directions wirelessly from your phone. The Jabra Stealth can sustain 6 hours of talk time and 10 days of standby time from a full charge. Jabra is a leader in innovative headset and speakerphone solutions. They specialize in hands-free communication products and offers a range of wireless headset wearables for consumers and business. In 2000 Jabra was acquired by GN Netcom, Inc., and is now a fully owned subsidiary. We’ll see you again next...

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5 wearable Father’s Day gifts guaranteed to get him moving and grooving (silently)
May29

5 wearable Father’s Day gifts guaranteed to get him moving and grooving (silently)

Dads can be the trickiest people to shop for. We are, after all, talking about the man who probably taught you how to ride a bike, file your taxes, fix a flat tire, and grill a steak. So sure, you could buy him his umpteenth tie or another golf club, but why not get creative this year? From the golf pro to the fitness fanatic, here is a quick list of wearables for dads that are sure to make this Father’s Day the most memorable one yet. For the guy who can take a joke No one knows whether or not your father has a sense of humor better than you, and if he does — go for the Soundhawk. It’s an in-ear device that enhances hearing, but is not — we repeat not — a hearing aid. Rather, it is a self-described “stylish smart listening device that augments your ability to hear, communicate,band connect with the world around you.” So, if he gets frustrated at, say, loud restaurants but refuses to get a hearing test… here’s your happy medium. For the wannabe pro golfer Help your dad up his game this summer with the assistance of the Zepp Golf. The small sensor captures swing metrics like hip rotation, backswing position, and club speed, and then compiles the information into a simple 3D projection that can be accessed from any smartphone. This gadget will give your old man his competitive edge back and have him swinging like the pros in no time.   For the fitness fanatic The FitBit Charge HR is the one of the best gifts on the market for the fitness-loving father. This activity tracker not only highlights your daily stats but continuously monitors heart rate in order to give more accurate feedback on workout and calorie burn. Whether your dad is a marathon runner or a marathon Netflix watcher, get him moving with a little help from FitBit. And, hey, the President wears a Fitbit too. For the music lover Give your family a reprieve from The Eagles by plugging your dad into a pair of Beats Studio Wireless headphones. These Bluetooth headphones are revolutionizing the way we experience music not only by untethering the listener from a stereo but with new Beats Acoustic Engine and Adaptive Noise Cancelling technology. With these quality headphones, he’ll be able to pair with his smartphone from up to 30 feet away and take hands-free alls with a built in mic. Bonus: For the outdoorsman Okay, so it’s not digital, but it’s still a bracelet full of devices that could save a life in an extreme situation. The KODIAK is a survival wristband that harbors four different...

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