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Wearable Tech

From a real-time lifesaver to a mixed reality headset and from a device to keep tabs on your stress to a watch that’s a smartphone minus the call option, here’s wearable technology at its practical best, writes Alvin Thomas



No Stress

Do you feel a lot of stress at home or work? If so, we’d advise you to invest in an Airo Stress Tracking Wristband. Sure, no one likes being told that they’re under stress when they’re anxious, but this device – with its sensors – can actually calculate your baseline for anxiety and relaxation and log it safely for your future reference. The device is capable of saving six hours of data at 100 samples per second, including your heart rate variability, heart rate values and steps. If it detects stress, it will vibrate gently to calm you down. Users say it works marvels for them, so we’ll just have to take their word for now. Get this for RO77 from airohealth.com

On Track

Travelling alone at night can be an ordeal, especially if you’re heading out of the city. Get peace of mind with the Athena – a device that can potentially save your life. It comes with a transmitter that can hook your coordinates to a GPS and then transmit the information to your close ones who are safe back home. It’s able to do so by connecting to your phone via Bluetooth.This means that they can come to get you should you need their support. Alternatively, if you feel threatened, you can activate a high frequency alarm that is powerful enough to ward off attackers. Buy this from roarforgood.com for RO49.6

Mixed Reality

There’s no way we are going to leave out VR headsets in a Y-Fi segment that focuses on wearable gadgets. So, in true spirit, we present to you the HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset. The device sports dual 2.8-inch high-resolution displays that can reportedly transport you to a whole new world. It also comes with tow hand controllers that will allow you to personalise and interact with a variety of content. Currently, there are more than 20,000 different titles to choose from – so you won’t be running short of content anytime soon. It isn’t dissimilar to Samsung’s Gear VR, but we feel this new entrant is definitely worth its RO134 price tag. Get this from store.hp.com

EDITOR’S CHOICE

Smart Watch

We’re not strong advocates of smart watches: We feel that the traditional art of watch making – both mechanical/automatic and quartz movements (up to an extent) – is timeless and should be preserved from going out of style. Nevertheless, the all-new Garmin Descent Mk1 GPS Diving Watch needs credit for providing its users with a wide array of features.

Think of it as a smartphone on your wrist – minus the calling function. The device comes packing a 1.2-inch display that is receptive to your fingers even while you’re underwater and complete topographic mapping that can help you navigate while you’re out diving. Apart from that, it also features a 3-axis compass, gyroscope and a barometric altimeter. Buy yours from buy.garmin.com for RO384.2