You think wearables are just about smartwatches and fitness-monitoring wristbands? Think again: the tech market boasts oodles of truly way-out wearables fit for the gadget guru who has everything – from ‘smart belts’ that instruct you to lose weight to neck-bound contraptions that shine ‘LED light jewelry’ on wearers.
How about using a pair of cat ears to measure your brain waves? Does it feel odd to you? Well, you may change your mind if you know that the feline fea- tures move and flick according to your mood. Called Necomimi, this gadget wants to spread cuteness while capturing reactive movements and saying how you are feeling at the present moment. For example, if you’re focused, the ears will perk up and if you’re relaxed, the ears will droop down. At Amazon.com, $49.99
Mushtari, a wearable 3D-printed organ
Dubbed the “world’s first photosynthetic living matter- infused 3D-printed wearable” (wow, that’s a mouthful), the Mushtari looks like something out of your high school biology book. The wacky wearable is 2made up of 58 meters of 3D- printed tubes arranged to emulate the human gastrointestinal tract. To explore this vision, the device hosts synthetic micro-organisms that are capable of fluorescing bright colors in darkness and producing sugar or biofuels when exposed to the sun. Its creator MIT professor Neri Oxman hopes Mushtari will shed light on the future possibility of synthetic technology mimicking human organs.Research at MIT Media Lab, no price yet.
OhMiBod smart vibrator 3
If you’re in a long-distance relationship, this digitally-controlled vibrator named OhMiBod will do wonders for your sex life. Through the power of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, your partner can control this pleasurable device no matter if there are thousands of miles between you. The OhMiBod also has an iconic blue heart that blinks and throbs to the different vibration patterns the other is feeling so you can know what is happening. The device, which was a success at Indiegogo, may also be used solo and will sync soon with smartwatches. At Ohmibod.com, price to be checked at pre-order.
3DHead Virtual reality Hea4dset
Presented at CES 2015, this very weird gadget that will make you feel like a futuristic villain brings a tablet-sized screen inside to offer to the user a huge immersion in all kinds of 3D universes. Nick- named the “Oculus kill- er”, this VR headset focus on gaming and watching movies and uses a technology which produces a similar effect to the Nintendo 3DS. However, its sheer enormousness could well give the wearer a little bit of a neck strain. Yet, on the other hand, the device can convert 2D to 3D in realtime, that allows the user to see without the need of glasses.
At Beverlyhills3d.com, $999.
￼Belty, the sma5rt belt
Beat the bulge with this peculiar wearable: a ‘smart belt’ that tracks how much you are putting on around the waist. Fitted with sensors, this intel- ligent trouser-holding device vibrates when you have overeaten. Belty also sends a signal if you have been in sedentary mode for too long. The striking prototype device was an eye-catching success at this year’s CES 2015 trade show in Las Vegas.
At Wearbelty.com, no price yet (set for release before the end of
Now, for some hair-raising news! The iGrow helmet claims to promote hair re-growth in a healthy way. By using non-invasive safe laser therapy, the iGrow focuses on energizing cellular activity causing an uptake in the natural function of the hair follicle. It must be worn for just 20 minutes a day during a 4-to-6 month period to treat the hair. And while you wait for your hair to get a move on, the w6earer can listen to some music via the headpphones provided. At igrowlaser.com, $695.
Raddiate athletics gear
If you thought a chameleon was the only critter that can change its colors, think again: the Radiate Athletics sports apparel range lets any gym monkeys swap their exterior hues. The workout clothing changes color according to your body heat, revealing muscular activity while keeping you sweat-free. This “thermal vision” outfit actually employs technology from NASA when they developed clothes made of thermochromic dyes to measure temperature fluctuation throughout the body. At Radiateathletics.com, from $49.99 to $128.
This gizmo literally shines a new light on the future of jewelry. Introducing Neclumi, the first projection- based interactive necklace. Using a smartphone all and a pico-projector, the device displays different geometric light patterns around a user’s neck, doing away with the need to brandish expensive metals like gold or silver. The prototype’s creators Polish media art collective PanGenerator are currently developing a standalone version of the gadget and are open to funding and collaboration. At Neclumi.com, no price.