In an age where digital is quickly replacing analog, technology has seemingly become ingrained in our everyday lives. From the moment we wake up to the alarm on our phones to the second we finish streaming our evening shows online, we're more reliant than ever on electronics. Wearables like Fitbit and Apple Watch have defined the scene, helping to boost the wearable tech market to a staggering $4 billion in 2017. However, they aren't the only brands on the radar. Here are five examples of other helpful and innovative wearable gadgets that will make your life a little less hectic.
If you've been dreaming about technology literally becoming part of the fabric of your life, look no further than Project Jacquard. This extremely innovative Google startup is partnering with Levi's to weave technology into clothing and furniture in order to virtually connect them to environments or digital gadgets (such as smartphones). With conductive yarns and embedded electronics, Project Jacquard is redefining the idea of wearable tech.
Do you wish you could stand taller, sit straighter and look better? Then Lumo Lift might be the best wearable tech for you. This gadget sticks close to your collarbone and alerts you with a gentle vibration whenever you slouch. Better posture is linked to improved mood and self-confidence, so this little electronic can truly have significant results in your life. Better yet? It also tracks steps, distance and calories burned. If the Lift isn't your style, Lumo also offers the Lumo Run, a smart tracker that doubles as a running coach.
Of course, not all wearable tech needs to track your physical well-being. Feel, a Fitbit-like wristband from Sentio Solutions, can monitor your emotional state. Using inner wrist sensors to track pulse, skin temperature and even sweat gland activity, Feel lets you know when you need to breathe more deeply or what times of the day are the most stressful for you. Beyond this, the helpful Bluetooth-enabled app will give you suggestions to improve your emotional health based on your personalized data.
Like Feel, Luminette Glasses are especially useful for your mental and emotional well-being. Using LED light beams, Luminette Glasses are intended to ease Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in those who wear them. The specs simulate sunlight, creating a unique form of wearable light therapy. They can also help regulate the user's sleep pattern, and they are compatible with an app that helps you schedule sessions or personalize your own therapy. Able to be worn anywhere, these glasses let you leave the desktop light box behind and get a dose of light therapy while carrying on with your everyday life.
Smart Running Shoes
Ever wish your shoes could collect data about your daily life? Under Armour's SpeedForm Gemini 2 Record Equipped smart shoes are certainly a step in the right direction. These remarkable sneaks can monitor and store data about your runs, including your pace and cadence. It also syncs with MapMyRun, making tracking your course easier than ever. The best feature might be the fact that you can put that phone away and monitor your run hands free.
Going digital doesn't need to mean losing touch with reality. Wearable tech is a great way to stay in tune with your body and your daily life, while still enjoying all of the fun that new and innovative gadgets have to offer.
Avi Savar is CEO and Managing Partner of Dreamit, a top venture accelerator and early stage investment fund. He is the author of Content to Commerce and consults globally on trends in digital media, disruptive technologies and corporate innovation. He has been featured on Fox News, Forbes, Mashable, Business Insider, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, the New York Times and is a contributing editor for Inc.