News from the world of wearables – glowing smartglasses, a smart helmet for motorcyclists and a brainwave-testing wristband
I guess we'll never live to see „the year of mobile” again, as mobile evolution is still ongoing. The year 2022, however, is bound to bring with it a fad for all kinds of wearables devices. Google Glass or smartwatches such as the. Galaxy Gear are slowly ceasing to be interesting – we have become accustomed to them. Meanwhile, the wearables market continues to flourish, and it's not just about new models of glasses or watches and duplicating schemes.
Today we present FUN’IKI glasses that surprise with functionality that sets them apart from the competition, a smart helmet for motorcyclists and a wristband that affects the quality of our brain work.
FUN’IKI, or glowing smartglasses
Japanese have come up with an idea on how to make smartglasses a little different from everyone else. We are already familiar with Google Glass, we have heard rumors about Microsoft's glasses. What surprises Japan? FUN’IKI Ambient Glasses are glasses that don't actually require us to take any action or even focus our eyes on a given point, as is the case with, for example, the.
Google Glass. FUN’IKI seem to function more analogously to e.g. smart watches, so that we don't have to glance at the smartphone screen every now and then. They have built-in 6 colors of LED lights and micro loudspeakers that communicate the actions of our smartphone to us. Np. when we receive a text message the glasses light up in blue, and when we receive a notification from the calendar – in yellow. Of course, many more analogies can be made.
We can also choose a tempo or timer for the lights or beeps of the glasses, which can help, for example. in training. In addition, we can enter a message into a special application, and the glasses will display the message for us using the Morse’a alphabet. The manufacturer also talks about modes that will be useful for parties or relaxation.
This is certainly an innovative solution, but it remains to be seen whether it will be met with enthusiasm. In addition to the informational function for us, such glasses carry a message about the actions of our smartphone to the entire environment around us.
Android helmet for motorcyclists
Skully is a "smartwatch" made with motorcyclists in mind. It will be supported via Android. The helmet is expected to provide riders with navigation, a rear view via a rear camera (which is expected to provide an image equivalent to a 180-degree viewing angle, allowing the situation on the sides of the motorcycle to be observed as well) and route information. Of the more entertaining features, the helmet is also expected to allow us to listen to music.
Controlling the device with voice commands will allow you to drive safely, without having to take your hands off the wheel. Funds for the helmet are being raised through crowdfunding, Skully's price is expected to range from $1299 (this option has already sold out) to as much as $25,000, and shipping is expected to begin in May 2022.
Muse – a wristband that helps you get your brain under control
The subtitle sounds a bit scary, but the project seems interesting, although it certainly belongs to those for the brave. Muse is a wristband that is supposed to influence the work of our brain. While it is not strictly a mobile device, it is close to any fit bands. We put the armband on our head, and it reads our brainwaves, while helping us control stress and relax or focus.
All data is sent via Bluetooth to our smartphone, so that we can work even more effectively on ourselves and notice the positive impact of the wristband on our psyche from day to day. Reportedly, just 3 minutes a day is enough to dramatically improve your mood. The wristband costs $299 and is now available for purchase.
The first smartwatch from HP in 1977
At the very end, as a curiosity, we have for you not a novelty, but almost an antique – the first prototype of smartwatches. It turns out that The first smartwatch was invented in the ’70s by HP. The prototype has currently gone on eBay, where it can be purchased for the price of $14,500. Its functionality basically ends with a calculator – HP came up with the idea of watch calculators earlier than Casio, which became famous for them.
The watch looks interesting and will certainly join the smartwatch evolution scheme.