2014 was a great year for wearable technology. Smart watches are breaking ground and wearable fitness devices are setting record sales numbers. It only stands to reason that 2015 will be even bigger in this emerging technology. These are the top 5 hottest tech accessories we’re looking froward to wearing.
1. Apple Watch
Apple’s new watch will pair with iOS smart phones in order to keep track of vitals such as heart rate and blood pressure. It’ll help you set goals for your own personal fitness, monitoring the calories you’ve burned and how far you’ve walked. You can also use the Apple Watch to make purchases, send messages, make calls, download 3rd party apps, and talk to the information goddess that is Siri. Really, who wouldn’t want one?
2. Xbox One Fitness Tracker
First there was Dance Dance Revolution. Then there was Wii Fit. Now, wearables are poised to dominate the market for health-conscious gamers. This recent announcement is likely related to the introduction of the Microsoft Band, a fitness device that pairs with Windows, Android, and even iOS phones. The console version promises to come preloaded with great apps for monitoring a wide range of vitals using the Kinect for backup, but it is unclear if the invention will connect to other devices. Microsoft has launched their own health service to help you keep better track of your performance.
This device has something different in mind, and we expect it to gain a bit of steam in 2015. The Puls is designed to be sleek and cool, and its creator insists it isn’t a smart watch. It can be used to access social media, but connecting with others and sharing information is as simple as knocking your cuff against someone else’s. Even more insane–the device can determine your mood from the way you speak. If you’re in a good mood, you’ll be rewarded with points.
4. Thync’s Emotiv Headset
Ever wish you could change your mood as easily as flipping a light switch? If Thync has their way, they might release a new headset in 2015 designed to do just that. The idea hinges on the device’s ability to use neurotransmitters to “zap” your mind from one state to another. Because different parts of the brain are associated with different moods, zapping the right part should flip the switch. Believe it or not, the technology isn’t even new.
5. Oculus Rift
The consumer version of this virtual reality device is scheduled for release in November of 2015. Even people who detest video games are quoted as loving the concept of this crazy gadget, which effectively makes you feel like you’re playing inside the game’s world. Competition for the technology is strong, and Sony has already announced their own version of the device, while other tech giants like Google and Samsung have expressed interest as well. The technology could be adapted for other industries such as simulation and training.