Wearables are the future of personal tech. Everyone knows that in the next decade or so, we won’t have to carry our devices anywhere. Because we’ll be wearing them. Fitbits and smartwatches are already dominating the market. And of late, new innovations have made it possible to convert our glasses into a virtual cockpit. Tech giants such as Google, Fitbit, Samsung, Qualcomm and Apple have all ventured into the wearable segment and are vying with each other to capture the market. The average Indian buyer, too, is now open to experimenting with wearables. And it’s only fair that he is unlikely to run out of options. Here is a list of some of the recently launched wearables that are now in store for Indian buyers.
Jawbone UP24 is a fitness tracker that tracks daily activities like steps, distance, calories burned, active vs. idle time. It Log into what user eat and drink and track nutritional information by taking a photo, scanning a barcode, or searching the UP app database. The UP24 band syncs to the UP app via Bluetooth wireless so that user can see their movement and sleep details. The app also provides insights, celebrates milestones, and challenges to users to do more each day. The device runs on Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) or later, and iOS 6.0 or later. The UP app also keeps track of your calories, fats, carbohydrates, protein, sugar, fiber, and sodium. The fitness tracker also set smart alarm and power nap features that wake up users according to the body cycle. The device is compatible with phones and is equipped with Bluetooth 4.0. Jawbone UP24 is priced at Rs 16,000 approximately.
Google Glasses look like a pair of eyeglasses made of feather-light titanium frames, but the lens of the glasses is an interactive, smartphone-like display, with natural language voice command that support Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. Google Glass can take a picture or record a video without user touching the hardware.It also show text messages as well as emails that user receive and can reply to them via voice commands. Through the voice command, user can Google and browse without touching the glasses. For easier navigation, Google Maps are integrated into Glass, so that users will be able to chart the course of their journey or look up locations or establishments via voice commands. Google Glass also allow user to share the feed with friends and family in real-time and make them a part of the experience. Google Glasses are priced at Rs 95,000.
FITBIT CHARGE 2
Fitbit Charge 2 helps to monitor the pure pulse continuous heart rate which makes it easy to maximize workouts, better track calorie burn and get a snapshot of cardio fitness level. Apart from this, the device also measures all day activity and also has auto sleep tracking which lets the user see how your whole routine adds up. User can also record workouts with multi-sport modes to see real-time workout stats on screen or rely on smart track to automatically record select exercises for you. The large OLED display helps the user stay connected with call, text and calendar alerts apart from allowing you to stay active with reminders to move as well as find moments of calm with personalized guided breathing sessions. This fitness wearable also comes with customizable clock faces and interchangeable bands. Fitbit Charge 2 is priced at Rs 14,999.
Microsoft’s mixed reality smartglass HoloLens is self-contained, holographic computer, enabling user to engage with digital content and interact with holograms within user’s surroundings. The headband is designed like a performance car with great weight distribution for a comfortable fit. Weight is distributed around the crown of your head, saving ears or nose from undue pressure. The Hololens also consists of multiple mixed reality in-built app. The Hololens is priced at Rs 2 Lakh.
SAMSUNG GEAR FIT2
Samsung’s offering in this market is the Gear Fit2. This gadget uses a wide range of tracking sensors to closely monitor activity levels including steps taken, calories burned, heart rate and sleep quality. It can even automatically identify different types of physical activities such as running, cycling, working out on the elliptical and more. The Gear Fit2 is water-resistant and features a curved full-color Super AMOLED screen that displays real-time activity stats along with texts and other alerts from your Android smartphone. Users can even accurately map their running with the built-in GPS. Gear Fit2 comes with black wrist band and has another larger band that fits wrist sizes between 6.1 and 8.2 inches. It is compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S7 and most other Android devices. Samsung Gear Fit2 is priced at Rs 19,990.