Research coming from IDTechEX shows that the wearable tech industry’s valuation will increase to $74 billion by 2025.
With that in mind, here’s a rundown of four of the lesser-known wearable products set to help bring the industry towards that valuation.
By the time I finally receive my contactless card, it’s probably going to be redundant anyway. Barclaycard’s new NFC-based contactless payment band will allow users to pay for things with their wrist, and companies - including Apple and Samsung - are already looking to make cash a thing of the past.
If the product goes ahead, it will probably decrease the amount of cash in circulation, and perhaps more importantly, rummaging around in bags and pockets. This could be the key to reducing lines in busy places, especially on public transport systems.
With Apple Pay already available on the iWatch, it could be a long road ahead towards contactless supremacy.
A lot of sporting wearables act like the passionate fan whose never picked up a football before, but knows exactly how their team can win a match. They’re more than happy to tell you where you’re going wrong, but when it comes to actually offering advice, they cower back to their bar stool.
Zepp’s one of the few sporting apps that actually tell you how to improve. Working across Baseball, Tennis, Golf and Softball, it provides users with swing and stroke analysis and gives examples from pro-players. It’s also been backed by some fairly prominent sports stars, with Tennis player, Milos Raonic, perhaps the most notable.
It was only a matter of time before wearables and sex got it on. One must assume that the Bondara ring is designed for those who are either in desperate need of advice, or are just looking to brag to their friends.
The ring measures your thrusts per minute and even suggests an ideal tempo for you to work at. For those for whom sex has lost its edge, you can also measure your calorie expenditure.
For those of you who thought the selfie would slowly creep its way into oblivion - good news - Nixie has made a wrist-mounted drone capable of flying off and taking selfies.
It seems that when it comes to selfies we’re willing to do anything within our power to get the best shot, and a little drone flying around definitely looks a lot more impressive than a selfie stick.
Having scooped the $500,000 top prize at Intel’s ‘Make it Wearable’ competition, it’s already got some serious backing.