Are the weirdest electronics of 2016 actually making our lives better?

wearable tech

Now that we’re working on the last part of the 3rd quarter of 2016…

it’s more than clear that the power bank is one of the most indispensable accessories.  Rechargeable batteries are central to our existence these days.  At the same time, some of the weirdest electronics we’ve seen so far have also made their way into the spotlight.  We may love our backup battery packs, but it’s fun to learn about the strange stuff, too!

The following are some of the coolest devices, mobiles and wearable technology gadgets…

to have made it onto this year’s shelves. Interestingly, they can all benefit from a highly powerful power bank that may not be as interesting, but that is still exceptionally useful. After all, if you’re going to get a product like this, the last thing you want to do is run out of charge.

  • The BrainBit – this wearable technology device starts with the concept of a Fitbit and then skyrockets off on its own. Instead of wearing this around your wrist, this is worn as a headband. This way, it claims to be able to track your emotional state through electrode readings.  It’s not clear what a user would do with this information, but it would certainly be interesting, to say the least. Especially if it’s accurate in any way.
  • LG paper-thin OLED display – it may be a 1200 by 810 ppi resolution display, but it can also be rolled up like a newspaper and is paper-thin. It’s an 18 inch screen that may give e-readers and other devices of the future an entirely different experience that is much more like traditional paper.  What do you think? Is your current ereader not papery enough?

cool and the weirdest electronics

  • The SCiO – This Consumer Physics product is a handheld scanner. Aim it at your food and you’ll obtain a handful of nutritional information about it, including its calorie content.
  • The Oura – Also in the health and fitness market, this is a wearable technology ring was created to provide a far more accurate sleep tracker than is currently available through wrist-worn devices. The tech adapts to the wearer’s daily activities so it is able to measure the length and quality of the user’s sleep while also offering advice with regards to how to improve that sleep.
  • The Fitbit Blaze – The very latest fitness tracker from the most popular brand in this category is actually a smartwatch. It claims that its battery life is five days long – which is staggering in the world of smartwatches – and is considerably cheaper than its main competition, the Apple Watch.

Keep in mind that popularity and effectiveness aren’t the same thing.

It’s a very good idea to remember that these are only tools, so it’s how you use them that will make the difference.  The good news is that  these gadgets are highly motivating.  When you can track your progress, it provides you a much clearer picture of how you’re doing.  This makes it far easier to find the drive to make some positive changes in your daily activity levels. A University of Wisconsin study showed that after a month, people who use these devices were more likely to boost their moderate-to-vigorous exercise levels by a significant amount after having used them for a month. Pretty good for such a tiny piece of tech!

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