The CES 2015 has more wearable gadgets than ever on display. Most of the wearable technology you see though is state-of-the-art and not the future. Meet the next generation of wearable technology companies.
The CES 2015 show floor is full with smart watches, wristbands and other trackers. Most of these, except some weird mood trackers and they out there Belty are iterations of the current state-of-the-art wearable technology that just waits for the Apple Watch to be diminished. Meanwhile there are already a new generation of startups working on wearable technology innovations that go beyond the Apple Watch and currently available wearable gadgets.
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These still unknown wearable technologies find a stage to present themselves in the Wearable Technologies World Cup organized by NaviSpace since 2009. The wearable technology competition saw over 3,000 entries to date. Today the list of the 22 finalists has been unveiled. Among these wearable technology innovations are a garment that sees movement in 3D (Hedokko), a hearable that tracks and improves eating habits (BitBite) and a wristband able to read and learn finger gestures (WEES).
The wearable technology innovators will present their products at the 14th WT | Wearable Technology Conference in Munich beginning of February. We secured a three free conference passes and a discount code for our readers. Find out how to get a free conference pass.
Hedokko is a smart compression garment that continuously tracks your body movement in order to guide you toward optimal performance and precision in sports. The garment reports your movements in 3D to a smartphone app which gives you live visual feedback. Hedokko tells you exactly how to adjust your movements for optimium performance. Hedokko is designed for those who want to excel in sports, master their body and not be limited by the scheduling and financial commitment of a personal trainer.
Heddoko was founded in May 2014 in Montreal, Quebec. The founder, Mazen Elbawab is an experienced developer from the gaming industry and motion capture. Find out more about Heddoko on their site.
BitBite is hearable device meant to track, analyze and change the way you eat. When you slow down, chew more and eat at regular intervals you'll be improving your nutrition, feel better and shed those extra pounds.
BitBite is in the final phase of raising funding on Indiegogo. They already exceeded their goal of raising $60,000. BitBite's patent pending technology monitors and analyzes your eating. By connecting to off-the-shelf microphones that are available on leading headset manufacturers, BitBite "listens" to your eating and guides you with real-time dietary advice. Find out more about BitBite on their site.
Wees is a module that once placed on the wrist is able to learn and recognise different finger gestures. You can then control your technology by simply flicking your fingers. Wees comes as a module that fits between the watchband and the wrist. On request there is a complementary bracelet.
Wees is based in London. More details on the Wees site.
Some of the finalists are so fresh they do not even have a company name yet like the Near Zero power GPS receiver technology or the Stretch Sensing Technology. You can see these finalists present at the 14th WT | Wearable Technologies Conference on February 2, 2015 in Munich.
The list of future of wearable technology products includes:
- Hedokko: first garment that sees movement in 3D
- Myovolt: soft wearable module delivering targeted vibration energy to muscles
- Notch: wearable 3D movement capture
- Stretch Sensing Technology: stretch sensors for measuring human body motion
- BitBite: hearable that tracks and improves eating habits
- dermoPatch: medical device actively diffusing drugs through the skin
- UpRight: devices to getting back in upright posture
- WEMU: smart healthcare solution for the diagnosis and monitoring of epilepsy
- Winpack: modular device for comprehensive vital signs monitoring
- Ispopod: smart belt as sensor hub and full communication platform for protection of exposed persons
- Near Zero power GPS receiver technology: next generation of location-based wearable devices
- Oncall Body Cameras: enables emergency services personnel to stream live video, audio and GPS location
- ProGlove: sensor-based “smart glove” that can boost productivity for manufacturing jobs
- Tech Air Street: airbag system for street motorcycling
- COBI: smart connected biking system
- Sendrato: smart festival wristbands
- TACTspace: discrete, personal digital communication – sensory messaging
- Lutetia and Omate X: smart watches
- WEES: wristbands able to read and learn finger gestures
- FabriXsense: smart biosensing clothing
- Sensoria: intelligent fitness socks
The wearable technologies listed above will be presented as said in Munich on Feb. 2. To register and find out more about the WT | Wearable Technologies Conference visit the conference homepage. We are giving away Free Conference Passes for the 14th WT | Wearable Technologies Conference.
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Wearable Technology is at a watershed moment. The release of the Apple Watch will change everything. What Samsung, LG and Google could not do for wearable technology, Apple is very likely to do. Apple has proven this in the past with the introduction of the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad. For good omen, maybe Apple should have kept the iWatch name.