Tech companies big and small are rushing to create the next great wearable device--in fact, according to IHS Technology, more than 200 million wearable devices are expected to ship in 2018. While watches and augmented reality glasses might hog the spotlight, inventors are coming up with all kinds of remarkable, unexpected wearables to enhance, track, or add a little extra zip to everyday life. Here are 8 of our favorites wacky wearables:
Modern parents have put the baby book aside in favor of digitizing their little one’s progress. Gadgets now track a range of metrics, from sleep regulation to feeding time, and now, temperature. The Pacif-i from Blue Maestro is the first Bluetooth-enabled pacifier. An embedded thermometer tracks your child’s temperature and his or her response to medications. Data syncs with an IOS or Android smartphone and tablet app, allowing you to share the data with other caregivers and medical professionals. Built-in proximity sensors sound an alarm to make sure the little sucker doesn’t go missing.
Thinning hair is an unfortunate side effect of aging, but there may be a way to regain the luscious locks of yesteryear. The FDA-approved iGrow in-home hair growth helmet uses non-invasive, safe laser therapy to stimulate hair re-growth. According to iGrow, cell rejuvenation and thicker, stronger hair follicles have been produced in men with male pattern baldness.
Plenty of smartwatches let you know when you have a message or other notification on your phone, but how many of them let the world know? EMBRACE+ is a bracelet that notifies you of Facebook pings and Instagram likes by lighting up. Everyone at the club will know exactly how popular you are.
When you’re busting your lats at the gym, getting super sweaty isn’t enough; you want to show off just how hard you’re working, right? So the next time you hit the weights, consider donning some Radiate Athletics gear. Parts of these “thermal vision” shirts will actually change color based on which muscles you’re working out. Think of them like Freaky Freezies for gym rats.
The worst part of going to a bar, aside from coming up with clever pickup lines, is having to wait in line for drinks. But what if you could make your own drinks while looking like an extra in Minority Report? DareDroid 2.0 is a peculiar mashup of Truth or Dare, fashion, and booze. Whoever is wearing the dress can dispense non-alcoholic drinks. Getting more than that will require playing a game of Truth or Dare on the wearer’s wrist-based touch screen. In vino veritas, indeed.
The NFC Ring
Near-field communication can be used for all sorts of things. To date, manufacturers have put chips in everything from credit cards to gaming machines. But something as small as a ring? Sure! The NFC Ring can unlock cell phones and wirelessly share URLs with compatible devices—all without needing to dig through your bag or wallet.
If you’ve ever seen a band setting up, you know how miserable the drummer always looks. He has crates of gear to lug out of the van, while the lead singer just changes the mic height and is good to go. DrumPants will change all that. Multiple touch pads sewn into a pair of classy jeans give drummers a six-piece kit that won’t throw their backs out.
Smart necklaces have been made to track things from movement to sleeping habits, but only NECLUMI uses light-projection technology to give your neck a constantly changing look without adding any extra weight. After all, light is way cheaper than gold or platinum, and firmware updates mean it’ll never go out of style.