What to Expect Next for Wearables

Monitors, Trackers and Keeping Time: What to Expect Next for Wearables

Ever wonder what the future of wearables looks like? With everyone wearing smartwatches and carrying around smartphones, it’s tough to imagine anything more “connected.” But, here’s what experts believe is on the horizon for all of us.


Sony Playstation VR

You shouldn’t be all that surprised that Sony is getting in on the smart tech revolution. Their VR (virtual reality) headset is poised to hit the market in October of this year with the final headset keeping its predecessor’s full HD 1920 x 1080 display. But, the display gets bigger - 5 inches to 5.7 inches. This gives users a 100 degree field of vision. It’s also going to feature RGB subpixels which will help boost the clarity of the image.

The headset will be compatible with DualShock 4 controllers and will have motion tracking. Starting at almost $400, it’s not cheap, but should be within reach for those who can afford a PC.


Garmin Vivoactive HR

Garmin’s site isn’t showing shipping dates for its product, but the Vivoactive HR is coming soon. If you’re scratching your head and thinking to yourself, “this name seems familiar,” it’s because the company used to be the company behind GPS mapping apps and hardware. Their hardware used to be compatible with just about every vehicle.

In fact, if you were to use a service like Carro.sg to find a used vehicle, odds are you might have found a Garmin device either installed, or the vehicle made compatible with their technology. But, ever since smartphones started shipping with native turn-by-turn map apps, that all changed.

They’ve had to pivot to stay competitive. And, it’s done so by introducing its own smartwatch. It’s slimmer than before, but keeps all its previous features like elevated optical heart rate sensor, GPS, and robust software.


Apple Watch 2

On the heels of the successful Apple Watch, the company is looking to make the second generation even more spectacular. There are a lot of rumours floating around about what the second gen will look like, but if we’re going to be speculating about anything, one thing that’s most accurate is that it’ll be better than the original.

The slated release is in September of this year.


Project Aura

Project Aura is a wearable that almost no one knows about. It’s confirmed, however. It’s essentially a Google Glass version 2, made under the direction of Tony Fadell. It’ll most likely be enterprise-focused and designed for the workplace.

The new smartglasses will be durable and waterproof, have an extended battery life, and will be folded up and pocketed.

Users will also be able to stream video apps and they’re supposed to look more “normal.”


Michael Kors Access

The $395 designers Android watch might be a big hit, or a total flop, depending on how it’s received. It’s being released in Michael Kors shops and concessions later this year. There are two styles available, one for men and one for women. You can also choose between a gold finish and black rubber finish and both will have interchangeable wristbands.


Microsoft HoloLens

The futuristic augmented reality headset, made by Microsoft, doesn’t really have a firm release date, but dev kits have already gone out, so it’s probably going to happen relatively soon. HoloLens tracks your head and hand gestures and overlays holograms onto your field of vision, blending them into real environments. It’ gets help from a depth camera, creating a new kind of augmented, virtual, reality.


Sony Xperia Ear

This summer, the Xperia Ear might achieve what the Moto Hint never could. It could be the first personal assistant hearable. The device works with Sony’s Voice Agent software and can read your texts, calendar items, and web results. It has two mics for voice controls and even a clickable button on the surface of the earbud for you.

Accuracy and reliability are key with this one.


Ringly Aries

This new smartjewelry is going to change the way women think about jewelry. It’s not just a bracelet, but rather a smartbracelet.

Integrated into its gold and jeweled finish is incredible technology that can track various health markers, from steps to heart rate. It doesn’t even look like a piece of technology, which is its big appeal.


Magic Leap

Magic Leap is one of the newest pieces of technology out there. The company has secured over $1 billion in financing from investors. And, while we don’t know a lot about it, what we do see is that it’s billing itself as a sort of Microsoft HoloLens on steroids.

A programmer by training and a venture capitalist by profession. Aaron founded his first startup at 13 and subsequently sold two companies before turning 21. Former IT Youth of the Year, Aaron represented Singapore in programming competitions overseas. Aaron subsequently accepted a scholarship from the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore and read computer science at Carnegie Mellon and Singapore Management University. As a returning scholar, Aaron joined SEAs leading venture fund Singtel Innov8 ventures. Aaron was instrumental in the starting of Blk71 Singapores largest startup ecosystem. He subsequently relocated to the United States and started Block71 San Francisco and the firms San Francisco operations before returning to Singapore in 2015. While at Innov8, Aaron oversees the funds investments in South East Asia. Aaron left Singtel Innov8 in October 2015, having spent almost five years in the fund. He is currently CEO of Carro, a venture backed used car marketplace. Aaron was most recently awarded the ITMA Future IT Leader Award. Aaron graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BSc and MSc from Singapore Management University School of Information Systems and Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science.

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