Y-Fi: Wearable Technology

07 Jan 2016
POSTED BY Y Magazine
All signs point to 2016 being a year of game changers in the world of wearable technology. Matthew Herbst looks at some tech gear and offers a little wardrobe advice

 



VIRTUALLY FUN

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Virtual reality is set to explode onto the scene this year and games consoles will be among the first to get involved. PlayStation VR will offer you the chance to get inside your favourite PlayStation 4 games through the use of a funky-looking headset. Sony has promised a release in the first half of the year, although the price is yet to be announced. It looks like the future of gaming is within touching distance. Check playstation.com for updates on price and release date.

TomTom Time

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GPS has become integral to sports tracking and in 2016 TomTom is set to expand from cars into the world of wearables with its latest offering, the Multi-Sport GPS Training Watch. Some of its great features include a built in heart-rate monitor, real-time training information on an extra-large display and the ability to choose from past performances to compete against as you run or cycle. Available at tomtom.com with prices starting at RO57.50.

IN THE MIND

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Ever struggled to get in the zone at work or switch off at the end of the day? That could soon be a thing of the past thanks to Thync. Through the use of low-energy waveforms, Thync safely and comfortably signals nerves in specific areas of the brain that cause your body to relax or energise. So forget caffeine and invest in a Thync instead if ultimate mind performance is what you’re after. Available at thync.com from RO76.50.

AVENGER KID

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Disney has stepped up its game by making wearable toys and the first one to hit the market is none other than Iron Man. With the help of Playmation, your kids can change everyday play spaces into virtual environments and zap the baddies away with their super powers. Simple update purchases through an app can change or add to their abilities. Recreate epic battles in the garden and around the house simply by pointing and shooting at the interactive smart figures included in the starter pack, Get avenging at amazon.com, where prices start at RO30.

SAFETY IN NUMBERS

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It’s a sad fact that personal security devices perform a vital role in today’s society, but Athena is a great choice for when you feel that your safety may be compromised. The device is a pendent that can be worn as a necklace or clipped on to any item of clothing and is activated by holding a button for three seconds. It then sounds an 85-decibel alarm and sends a message to pre-determined friends and family automatically. Your chosen contacts will get a map showing your location, directions and the opportunity to call you or the police. Available at roarforgood.com from RO30 upward.

New: The NYMI Band

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If you’ve got a knack for losing your wallet, then consider the new Nymi Band for safe and secure contactless payments. The Nymi Band is a secure, wearable authenticator that increases both convenience and security through biometrically authenticated proximity-based access control. Nymi’s authentication algorithm tracks a user’s electrocardiogram (ECG) as the secure biometric identifier called HeartID. The Nymi Band also contains a secure hardware element to keep communications safe and the device will remain in an authenticated state until it is removed from a user’s wrist. It will be available at nymi.com later in the year, prices yet to be announced.

Editor’s Pick: MOTO MAGIC

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The New Year has started in big and bold way with the new Moto 360 Sport Smartwatch. The Android Wear watch comes with GPS and tracker and is Google Now compatible. The Moto 360 Sport also offers heart-rate monitoring and all the usual smartwatch features. Now you can keep up-to-date without even touching your phone. Available at amazon.co.uk from RO72.

App of the Week: Invaders 

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If you have invested in a smartwatch and are feeling a bit nostalgic, then you might want to get the unofficial Wear version of Invaders, which is sure to distract you from work and keep you busy for hours. Just tap to move the spaceship and fire in a bid to destroy all the aliens before they reach the ground. Enjoy for free on Google Play.

 


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