Is 2014 the year of wearable technology?

The future is now! Or so you might believe if you stepped into the new Carphone Warehouse store in Dundrum Town Centre. There has been a swell of developments in wearable technology over the last 12 months and it doesn’t seem to be letting up anytime soon.

So what’s it all about? Wearable technology is clothing and accessories incorporating computer and advanced electronic technologies that can be worn on the body in an unassuming form. The range and variety of products is increasing all the time from smart glasses to wrist-mounted computers with Google Glass being the most well known, which was available to early adapters for beta testing last year for a whopping $1500.   The UP Band by JAWBONE One of the more accessible wearable technologies available is the JAWBONE UP which is a must have for fitness enthusiasts.

This durable device is worn on the wrist and is available in a number of stylish colours including Onyx, Persimmon, Lemon Lime and Pink Coral. The UP Band is worn 24/7 and monitors everything from the number of steps you take each day to the quality of your sleep. The UP band is always connected to your smart phone via Bluetooth which allows you to get updates on your progress and notifications when you need them. The wristband contains a tri-axis accelerometer which is the main sensor for tracking your activities and combined with the UP App gives the user a very comprehensive overview of their daily routines. Information is power and it allows users to answer important questions on their day-to-day activities such as, am I over eating? Am I burning enough calories to reach my desired weight? Am I getting enough sleep?

The range of features this small device packs is pretty impressive;

  • Insight Engine: Allows you to discover hidden patterns in your day-to-day activities
  • Log Workouts of all kinds: Tracks calories burned, intensity and more
  • Food and Drink Tracking: UP makes it easy to track your food, scan a barcode or type it in
  • Sleep Tracking: Tracks hours slept, light vs. sound sleep and waking moments
  • Smart Alarm: UP vibrates to wake you up at the optimal moment in your sleep cycle
  • Sync: Connect to your phone via Simple Sync or Bluetooth Smart
  • Mood Tracking: Log your moods and discover connections that affect how you feel

  Samsung Gear 2 The ultimate Smartwatch The Samsung Gear 2 is a smartwatch to accompany your Samsung smartphone and is currently compatible with 18 Samsung devices.  

The watch has a sleek industrial look to it and is designed mostly in metal.  It is available in three different colours; Charcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange. The launch of the Gear 2 came as a surprise to most as it wasn’t long after the original Gear. But this was a blessing as some of the biggest updates to the Gear 2 were the greatest downfalls of the predecessor. The Gear 2 is now running Tizen OS which is a new operating system developed in house by Samsung and Intel specifically for wearable devices. Like most of Samsungs new products the Gear 2 has an inferred blaster which allows you to control AV equipment such as the TV or digital set top box, a welcome addition for those who have a habit of misplacing remotes! It sports an impressive 1.63-inch super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels, a 1.0 GHz Dual Core processor and an on-board microphone/speaker which allows you to make calls directly through the device. The Gear 2 also has some advanced fitness features such as a heart rate sensor, pedometer and accelerometer.

The Samsung Gear 2 connects wirelessly to your smartphone and displays your texts, emails, Facebook, Twitter and more. It can also be used as an Mp3 player as it includes 4 GB of internal memory. To get your hands or wrists on one of these devices head to your local Carphone Warehouse where you can see a display model in action.