Many claim that 2014 will be the "year of the wearable smart gadget". However, a small part of the recently announced wrist-worn gizmos were only reference designs, which means that they will probably never see the light of day. Yet, one can't argue that some of them have a lot of potential. Almost every wearable, announced at CES, has some feature that sets it apart from the crowd, but most of them have a lot of common. Some of them count how many steps you've made, measure the overall distance you have walked and calculate the amount of calories you've burned, while others monitor your sleep patterns, use sophisticated technologies to keep a close watch on your cardiac functions and some wearables even show notifications form your smartphone. Almost all wearables are dependent on your smartphone in order to reveal their full functionalities, but some are completely standalone.
Yes, it's quite easy to lose yourself among so many similar gadgets. For your convenience, we have systematized some of the more curios wearable gadgets from this year's CES at the table below.
|LG Lifeband Touch||Sony Core||Neptun Pine||Razer Nabu||Garmin Vivofit||Pebble Steel||Jaybird Reign||Mio Link||Movea G-Series||Meta|
|Availability||Q1 2014||Q1 2014||Q1 2014||Q1 2014||Q1 2014||Q1 2014||Q1 2014|
|Sleep pattern monitor||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Burnt calories tracker||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Heart rate monitor||Yes*||Yes*||Yes|
|3rd party apps||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Display type||OLED||Dual OLED|
Disclaimer: These devices have not yet been released. Therefore, by the time of their release, some of their specifications might be subject to change.
Top 10 wearables from CES 2014
1. LG Lifeband Touch
The on-board sensors measure distance, speed, number of steps taken, calories burned, etc. The screen automatically turns on and off when you rotate your wrist, thanks to an inbuilt motion sensing algorithm.
The Meta smartwatch is expected to hit the shelves at Best Buy sometime this spring. However, there is no official information about the pricing of the exquisite gadget.
3. Pebble Steel
The Pebble Steel is bringing you all the features that we've come to enjoy from the original Pebble, but replaces the bland design with a fashionable stainless steel body. It is expected that the smartwatch will arrive along with the new, centralized Pebble appstore, by the end of January. The expected price of the smartwatch is $249.
4. Sony Core
5. Razer Nabu
Of course, just like almost any other smart wearable out there, the Nabu will keep track on the calories you've burnt, steps you've taken, floors you've climbed, the overall distance you've traveled.
6. Neptune Pine
Sounds impressive, right?
7. Movea G-Series
It will count every step you take, and it will count it good. Movea touts that the smartband made the least mistakes while counting the amount of steps taken in comparison with similar wristbands. What's more, the G-Series will monitor your sleep patterns. The Movea conceptual wearable is said to closely mimic results taken by a polysomnography tool, which are generally used in hospitals.
Furthermore, the fitness band will be able to detect your current posture. According to the company, the gadget achieved a 95% success rate at the detection of the current standind position.
8. Jaybird Reign
9. Garmin Vivofit
Vivofit is water resistant and comes with a battery, which is said to last more than a year. The fitness band will be priced at $129.99. A version with a heart rate monitor, which will cost $169.99, will be available as well. Both are expected to hit the shelves sometime in Q1 2014.
10. Mio Link
The Mio Link wristband comes with a soft, silicone strap and will be available in three colors. On top of the gadget one can find a single button, which controls data transmission. A tri-color LED notification light will flash and indicate when the user's heart rate goes into different zones. The wearable will be released in March and will be priced at $99.