Doctors have used electrical muscle stimulation in physical therapy for ages to help bring injured & atrophied muscles back to life. SmartMio is now bringing this treatment to the public to help users engage their muscles during workouts and make it all trackable by Android & iOS. When your desired muscle group is trying to rest during you workout, they get zapped by electrodes, reminding you to “engage.”
The Calypso Tag is an Italian leather luggage tag that connects to your smartphone so your luggage will never get lost. Linked with the app, it monitors your bag’s location, and even lets you know when it’s coming out on the conveyor.
Ring is a wearable input device that lets you control all your smart devices with hand gestures. Pay that bill, screen that call, turn up the heat, turn down the lights—all without swiping; just slide Ring onto your finger & write your gesture in the air.
Apple CarPlay will be a featured option in select 2014 car models from Honda, Hyundai, Volvo, & Jaguar with more manufacturers signing on for the future. CarPlay directly connects the functions of your iPhone to your car stereo for all kinds of hands-free fun while you drive.
If you prefer to watch television alone, in silence, without any ambient interruptions, get the InAiR device. It turns any TV into an Augmented TV, which means you can watch layers of content—watch TV while using the internet, shop while you surf, watch two games at once, all that. And as soon as you start “augmenting” everyone else will leave the room. Enjoy.
Sony’s SmartBand does more than just count how many steps you walked around the office today. It links with the Android app Lifelog to track places visited, music listened to, games played, books read… how active you were, where you went, what pictures you took and so on. Available in March.
Instead of typing in usernames & passwords, the myris from eyeLock lets you cut through device security with just a look. It scans your eyes. When you look into the myris, it takes a video of the irises in your eyeballs, which it then uses as your personal identity code. No matching iris, and that device is not gonna work. Available this Spring with a price tag sub-$300.
The Xensr+ is a little puck you stick on your skis, snowboard, surfboard or whatever-board that tracks & accurately measures speed, route, distance, and jump height. Get rad & it’ll keep score. It just won the “Best In Show Award” at the Outdoor Retail show.
Automating everything is getting simpler. The Piper is yet another example; it’s a home security device with a built-in HD fisheye camera that notifies you of security events by call, text, or email. It also features environmental sensors and pairs with Z-Wave accessories like door sensors and smart switches for full control of your home, from your phone.