This may not be surprising, but I love new tech. But...it has to be useful. Yes, Google Glass and the Apple Watch see a lot of press. We have actually have a few Google Glass devices around the office. What has really exploded recently are wearables to track your health. I just recently took the plunge and bought a Jawbone UP24. There are features I like and my young daughters are always asking me how many steps we took during any walk or run. You can go as far as tracking your weight, exercise habits, food intake and I’m sure much more. The tiny (Lime-colored) computer strapped to my wrist is monitoring my EVERY move: 880 steps so far today. It automatically syncs that information to an app on my phone that I can check any time.
The best feature so far is the sleep tracker, which does a good job estimating my deep and shallow sleep. Sleep is so vital and still mysterious, so any new information is helpful (especially as a father to two young daughters). Unfortunately, let’s not talk about how few hours it shows for last night!
I have been happy with my new Lime-colored bracelet so far, but there are some features that could be added to make it a killer device. Adding custom alerts or notifications for certain events (mail, text, etc) would be great. Call me old-fashioned but I still look at my wrist thinking I might see what time it is. Perhaps in a future version.
Let me know what you think should be my next wearable. I don’t know if I can wait for the Apple Watch and I’m not sure I want to take it off to charge it. I have to wonder if the Moto 360 is in my future.
Wearables have come so far in the past few years and I look forward to seeing where they go!