If you’re looking for for the most interesting wearable projects looking for funding on Kickstarter, Indiegogo or other crowdfunding platforms, you’ve come to the right place.
You can’t move for a wearable tech startup at the moment, and the industry is being driven by the great ideas being realised by the internet of things revolution.
Every week we pick out the most promising ideas hoping to get public funding to make their idea a reality. It’s not all one-way traffic, however, and it’s a great chance for anyone to become an investor in the next big idea.
We’ve already virtually backed Antelope, Pavlok, Lineable and the Jolt Sensor – all of whom have now hit their targets (read more about them below).
Three years on and Hexoskin is back with a smarter version of its 2013 Indiegogo success story. The Hexoskin Smart shirt is laced with sensors designed to monitor heart rate, breathing and movement, and is now fitted with a Bluetooth Smart sensor; allowing you to pair with your favourite fitness apps such as MapMyRun, RunKeeper and Strava, as well as a whole host of third-party accessories.
The Hexoskin Smart system is powered by a “Smart Device”; a module that sits discreetly in your pocket. This device captures raw data that can be later viewed on the companion app, providing insights on a range of sporty metrics including intensity and recovery, calories burned, fatigue level, and sleep quality.
Don’t just take Hexoskin’s word for it, we’ve seen it in action ourselves over in Vegas at CES 2016 and. For $299, you can get yourself a smart shirt and module. Shipping is estimated for April. With early adopters having pledged well over the $50,000 goal to produce this next generation model, grab it cheap while you can, the RRP for that bundle is $100 extra.
What do presenter Sara Cox and footballer Scott Brown have in common? Well, probably not that much until both had the opportunity to try out the Teslasuit, a haptic full-body suit that will let you “Feel what you play” when hooked up to a virtual reality headset. Think the vibrations from an Xbox One controller but feeling it all over.
So how does it work? The gaming suit is equipped with a series of sensors and use a Bluetooth T-Belt control unit, which converts signals in to neuromuscular electrical stimulation (or NMES for short). This will then be able to simulate the impact of bullet shots to the body or simply someone giving you a big hug.
While it’s not the first haptic feedback wearable out there, the UK-based company making the suit is offering 52-channel haptic feedback for its Prodigy suit and 30-channel feedback for its Pioneer suit. Both are washable too and you can expect to get 4 days of play time from a single charge.
The Teslasuit is currently trying to raise the ambitious total of £250,000 on Kickstarter and it’s managed just over £12,000 towards that total with just less than 30 days to run on the campaign. You’ll have to pledge upwards of £750 though if you want to try part of the suit or cough up at least £1,199 for the full setup. We’d definitely like to have a play.
There’s still plenty of debate over the accuracy of data when you track it from your wrist, so the Flip believes is has found a more reliable place to monitor your biometric data.
Indian startup Avantari Technologies has moved monitoring to the ear where the device is held in place by magnets. Tapping into the rich volume of blood vessels, the Flip can deliver data on heart rate, recovery heart rate, respiration rate, heart rate variability along with standard fitness tracker features like steps and calorie burn.
It works alongside a companion app, which will be available for Android and iOS and data can be shared in real time with a trainer and your gym to keep a closer eye on your progress.
So far, it’s raised just over $2,700 towards its $10,000 goal on Indiegogo, and there’s still plenty of time left to run on the campaign. There’s already 150 devices built and ready to ship so if the goal is hit, and you pledged early, you shouldn’t have to wait too long for one to turn up on your doorstep.
Check-my-Temp wearable thermometer
Looking after a child or loved one with a fever can be scary as the fever works its way through the body, patients need a lot of care – which is where Check-My-Temp comes in.
The wrist worn device constantly monitors the patient’s fever collecting 30 data points every 30 seconds from the temperature sensor and accelerometer, and reports it to a smartphone app. You can check on them at any time, and if vitals rise to worrying levels, the app will alert you.
The band will fit children and adults and also works as a sleep monitor by using the accelerometer to track the patient’s movements. This means you won’t need to disturb the patient to check on them when they’re asleep, and can make sure they get water and hydration as soon as they’re awake.
Check-My-Temp is looking for $30,000 of funding over on Indiegogo. $35 gets you an early bird discount and it’s expected to ship in July 2016.
111% of the goal hit with a couple of weeks left.
Face masks to keep you looking beautiful have been around for years, but French company Wired Beauty believes it’s come up with the next big step in skin care and it’s called MAPO.
The custom 3D printed mask, which will undoubtedly give you that Phantom of the Opera or footballer with a face injury look, uses a series of sensors positioned in key areas of the face built into the medical grade silicone mask.
Once skincare products have been applied to the face, these sensors are capable of detecting your skin’s moisture levels.
But that’s not all. There’s also different heating zones built in, which can reach up to 40 degrees centigrade and can help improve the effectiveness of applied skin care products.
It can then relay data in real time via Bluetooth to the companion La Clinique Digital app where you can get advice on what type of products to use, correct bad habits and generally help combat the various kinds of stresses the skin comes up against on a daily basis.
MAPO is well on its way to its €40,000 goal. Pledging €90 or more means you can try one out for six months. €199 gets you a mask for 33% less than the retail price.
We’ve covered a few tennis wearable systems in the past but none quite as thorough as Pivot, from Silicon Valley startup TuringSense. Combining a whopping 14 sensors for the top of the range pack, the coaching and monitoring system has been developed in partnership with Hall of Fame coach Nick Bollettieri; the man credited with kickstarting the careers of Andre Agassi, Maria Sharapova, Jelena Janković, Serena Williams, Martina Hingis, Kei Nishikori, and Boris Becker.
Like Zepp on steroids, Pivot promises to improve a player’s game by recording 360 degree motion, preventing injuries and get statistics on a wide range of performance metrics including footwork, body position, elbow bend, knee bend, and more.
You don’t need a camera, there’s a hub that records all the biometric data each sensor sends – up to 1,000 data samples per second are sent, from the accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer. You can watch back the action and see the analysis on the companion app.
The company is offering Pivot in a ‘Challenger’ pack comprising of 4 sensors and 1 hub for $279. But the real deal is the ‘Grand Slam’ package with the full 14 sensors. That’s $749.
More than $100,00 hit, against a target of $75,000
Just when you thought owning an Apple Watch was the only way to share your heartbeat from a distance, British based start-up LittleRiot has devised some bedtime tech that’ll also help you “feel your loved one’s presence.”
It works with both users each wearing a soft fabric wristband, which houses the heartbeat sensor and having a small 0.5w speaker placed underneath your pillow.
When the wristband is paired with the companion iOS or Android app, you can send your heartbeat to your loved one and it’ll be amplified through the speaker.
The wristband’s sensor can run for several night’s before it needs a charge via the Micro USB port, while the speaker simply plugs into your phone and never needs to be charged.
Available in Heart Red and Beat Blue shades, the Pillow Talk is available to pre-order on Kickstarter from up until 8 December with £52 or more securing you one to use in your bed.
More than £77,000 hit, against a target of £75,000.
Juvo sleep tracker
Sleep trackers have become a bit of an endangered species in the last year, and few devices have been released to challenge the limited success of Beddit and Withings Aura. Until now.
Juvo is a new sleep monitor that’s just hit Indiegogo. Like its more established rivals, it uses a fibre optic sensor that slips under the mattress to keep tabs on your slumber stats. It tracks movement, breathing, heart rate, light, deep and REM sleep and monitors noise and light disturbance, too. It will then offer advise on when to set your alarm, best temperature for your room and the bedside unit will even play soothing tunes to get you to sleep.
It’s very similar to the Withings Aura (even down to requiring two sensors for those who share a bed), although the promise of actionable sleep insights and IFTTT recipes with smart bulb makers make for a promising final product.
Juvo was looking for $50,000 and has just crept over its target with a few weeks left to run. $149 gets you a Juvo unit with an early bird discount.
If your fitness training isn’t going to plan then new smart clothing venture Antelope could literally jolt you into action. The connected compression wear features electrodes that the company claims can boost performance and muscle strength.
Antelope has a range of different garments targeted at different areas of the body. There’s a pair of leggings for training calves, a tank top for the upper body, a full suit and a version called “women’s dream” (we kid you not) for pelvic floor strengthening.
The smart gear is powered by a rechargeable battery called the Antelope Booster. It’s controlled by a paired smartphone, and when it releases the charge it “mimics the processes that occur in our body when our brain directs muscles to contract”. The process is known as Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS), which is often used in injury recovery.
The company claims that “in 4 weeks you can increase performance up to 30%, jumping ability up to 20%, muscle volume up to 10%. Back pain is reduced in 90% of all cases.”
And its claims have been heard. The company has bagged more than 600% of its funding target. The campaign is still live on Indiegogo and $225 gets you the calf guards and prices vary up to $999 for early bird body suits.
Antelope was funded with days to spare, on $500,000 with 18 days left on an original $75,000 target.
This curved E Ink smart bracelet might look familiar – Eyecatcher, as it’s now called, was debuted at CES 2015 by LookSee Labs and now it’s on Kickstarter. It displays patterns, notifications and the time on its 5-inch, always on, screen and its 100mAh battery lasts a whole year on one charge.
Eyecatcher comes in male and female styles (Mercury and Mars) and three sizes – small, medium and large. It also has 8MB of built-in memory so you can select eight images for the bracelet to display when your phone is out of range. It’s iPhone only for now and is still available to pre-order for $239 which will rise to $264 when that level has sold out.
LookSee is looking to raise $75,000 in the campaign and in the first few days it has already topped $57,000 so it’s a cracking start.
Over $250k raised and there’s still 8 days left yet.
Unique smart strap
The conundrum of how to turn any classic watch smart has long been toyed with by wearable tech start ups, but this Polish Kickstarter may be the best attempt we’ve seen.
Unique is a fairly normal looking leather watch strap that comes in a variety of colours, sizes from 20mm to 26mm as well as male and female lengths.
However, tucked inside the stitched strap is a a host of tech gubbins designed to mimic the features of a smartwatch. It will notify you of calls, emails and messages from your smartphone using a vibrate function and a multi-coloured LED. Of course, you won’t be able to read the message, but it means you won’t miss an important call.
In addition, the strap will also track your steps and display your goal progress in a companion app and features NFC for mobile payments. Just like Apple Pay you can then use Unique to pay for anything from coffee to public transport from your wrist – just like a smartwatch.
It means that your Rolex or Patek Philippe will be able to do as much as your Apple Watch – or at least Pebble.
Unique looks pretty gorgeous from the pictures, but there are a couple that hint it might be chunkier than your normal watch strap. However, it’s a damn sight more useable than the likes of the gargantuan Kairos T-Band, so that’s something.
Unique is looking for $50,000 and funding on Kickstarter runs until 22 October. $139 gets you a strap which the company pledges to deliver in April 2016.
Great news – the target has just been reached and the company has announced some stretch goals.
Nucli smart lock
You want to keep your smart home safe right? So you’re gonna need a smart lock to keep unwanted intruders away from your connected kit. The Nucli, from electronics company Westinghouse, offers the usual digital entry features but throws in a plethora of remote features for good measure.
From within a smartphone app you see who’s at the door using the built-in camera, speak to them, and unlock or lock the door. Users are also able to record messages to play to delivery men or holiday home renters. Up to 50 users can be programmed in and, as well as app smartphone entry, Nucli can also be unlocked using fingerprints or a digital fob.
It connects to the web using Wi-Fi, so you can keep tracks of who is coming and going even when you’re not in Bluetooth range and the app is available on Android, Windows Phone and iOS.
Westinghouse has smashed its $50,000 target and has now announced some swanky new colours. $325 gets you one smart lock, that’s 26% off of the RRP. Shipping is expected for October.
This is stretching our boundaries a little bit. But, come on, how could we not include PetBot – the smart security camera that lets your dog take a selfie?
Using “petificial intelligence”, you’ll get updates to your smartphone when Fido is active. The company behind the Wi-Fi enabled camera claim that it will also work with cats and rabbits and that the system is smart enough to let you know about “unusual” situations.
PetBot packs a treat dispenser so you can train your pet from a distance, and you can also schedule activities throughout the day to keep the occupied.
$149 gets you a PetBot unit, the company says that’s 40% off of what will be the eventual RRP. It is looking for $80,000 by mid-October.
Target well and truly hit and the latest update is: “While we work diligently on getting everyone’s PetBots manufactured and shipped, we will be sending out updates as often as possible.”
This smart ring on Kickstarter looks pretty interesting. It’s designed to track your daily activities, as well as sleeping patterns, in order to develop a lifestyle plan to help you get the best night of sleep possible. The idea being, if you have quality sleep, you will perform better during the day.
Since you wear it all day, the OURA ring tracks your movement and activities, including how long you sit down for. At night, the ring monitors your breathing, body temperature, heart rate, and movement. It identifies deep sleep, REM sleep, light sleep, and periods of wakefulness.
With the information gathered about your daily and nightly activities, a companion app for iPhone and Android determines how you can get the best sleep possible. The company has created what it calls the “Readiness Score” which takes into account your schedule and provides advice on days when you should be more active and days when it is better to just take it easy.
The ring itself is made out of ceramic and comes in black or white with a glossy or matte finish. Battery life is three days. It has already more than doubled its $100,000 goal but you can still pledge to the campaign for $229, which is $70 off the RRP, with an estimated delivery date of November 2015.
After a really big start to the campaign, OURA’s Finnish team posted pictures and posts about how launching a Kickstarter campaign affects your sleep, natch. In the end the campaign raised $651,803 from over 2,000 backers. Impressive stuff.
We’re a bit late to this, as this campaign goal has been well and truly smashed already. The Livall Bling helmet is designed to keep cyclists connected, safe and entertained.
The connected part comes by way of hands-free, Bluetooth-enabled, call features and a walkie-talkie system that cycling teams can hook up to. The safety is taken care of by a 3-axis sensor that can fire up an SOS alert if an accident is suspected, along with an LED-based indicator system. Entertainment comes by way of the built-in MP3 system.
The final aspect of the smart helmet system is the nano cadence sensor that helps a rider measure his or her ride stats including speed, travelled distance and calories burned. The companion app manages all these features and also lets you to import data from other devices such as pedometer or a sports watch.
The $20,000 goal was smashed in just a few days and the company is now adding stretch goals as the total racks up. $100 gets you a Bling Helmet, a Bling Jet (the remote control) and an additional nano cadence sensor. The total amount raised on Indiegogo was $236,152.
Usually, for an item of clothing to be considered for Wareable, it needs some sort of smart connected technology. But we’ll make an exception for Rxactive. While not connected, it’s certainly smart.
This activewear has built in resistance in the fabric panels, making muscle and endurance training easier; think Thera-bands but without the additional equipment.
“There was a point in my Olympic training where I was hitting a plateau. My trainer incorporated resistance bands into my routine and I was finally able to maximize my workouts and potential,” Keeth Smart, COO, Rxactive and Olympic silver medalist. “By inventing a way to weave in resistance bands into compression pants we’re enhancing your workout without being disruptive.”
$74 is the early bird price, that will get you some leggings or shorts (RRP is expected to be $124). The company was looking to raise $30,000 and hit that target within a day.
This awesome connected cycling helmet includes flashing LEDs with a twist. When turning, use the wireless handlebar remote to trigger bright arrows on the back of the helmet to signal which way you’re heading to cars behind you. And when you slow down, Lumos’ built-in accelerometer measures your speed and turns on automatic red brake lights. There’s also bright white LEDs on the front. Very nifty.
Battery life is a week if you’re wearing Lumos for 30 minutes a day, it’s water resistant and weighs 410g. Plus it meets cycle helmet standards in the US and Europe. Lumos has already tripled its Kickstarter target of $125,000 and the campaign runs until 13 August. The next gen helmet is still available at the early bird price of $99 and it’s on offer in black or white.
The Lumos has rolled way passed its goal of $125,000, bagging more than $800,000 by the end of the campaign. With this success it allowed backers to vote for a third colour option.
Tune, a system designed to get you running smarter, consists of a pair of sensor-ladden insoles and a small Bluetooth clip that goes on your trainers.
Its maker, Kinematix, promises the system will improve your running technique by monitoring both feet and measuring in real time which part of your feet touches the ground first and how long for. This asseses your balance and symmetry, based on 1,000 sensor readings per second.
This information can be used to prevent injuries, improve efficiency and your running style. You’ll get 8 hours of battery life so even ultra marathon runners can get involved.
It’s on Kickstarter, with a goal of $100,000. You can get the Tune system for $220, saving $60 on the RRP, with a delivery date of December 2015.
Having raised $10,000 of its $100,000 goal, the creator cancelled the project.
But it’s not been given up on: “We are committed to bring TUNE to market. Our intention is to open our website for pre-orders in September or October, and begin shipping TUNE before Christmas.”
Ask most golfers what their biggest issue is and you’ll get a consistent answer…quite literally. Consistency is the key to any golfers game; being able to replicate that perfect swing over and over again. That’s where the Ojee Talon comes in.
It’s a digital assistant that sits on the top of your club’s grip, offering you real time information on your shaft and club-face rotation angle. This device teams up with a belt and back unit so as you can stay perfectly aligned with your ideal swing posture in real time. It’s the instant feedback aspect that sets this system apart from its rivals.
The British company is seeking £20,000 on Indiegogo. £149 gets you the Talon suite, the RRP will be £229.99. Shipping forecast is November.
106% of the goal met and shipping is on target.
Creating content for VR isn’t cheap, but the Spericam 2 wants to change that.
Being the size of a tennis ball doesn’t stop the Phoenix based company promising to provide 4K, 360 degree video that will be automatically stitched in real-time, ready for VR viewing straightaway.
The Sphericam 2 is aimed at the adventurous individual, with an anodised aluminium casing and a series of different mounts.
Spherical’s goal is $150,000 with its Super Early Bird offers all gone, you’ll have to pay $1,399 for the camera.
Goal hit with plenty of time to spare and the company raised a cool $457,000 in total. If you have pledged $1,499 or more to the campaign you will get 12 colours to choose from. And as it reached $360,000 Spherical will make the camera dust and waterproof to the IP67 rating for all backers.
This isn’t a smartwatch, a running aid or a fitness tracker. It’s a “a new breed of wearable technology to set your pace.”
The idea behind Doppel is to alter your mood in the same way that music does – but without listening to a single beat. The company behind it, London-based Team Turquoise, claim Doppel can make you feel more alert or relaxed “using the innate human response to rhythm”.
The device pulses to a pace you set using bezel twists and face taps, and also calibrates with your heart rate to sync with your natural bio-rhythm. Its makers state the device can double a user’s focus, leading to improved reaction times and task performance.
Team Turquoise is looking for £100,000. £70 gets you a Doppel device; it’s £10 more for a stainless steel version.
820 backers pledged £111,194 on Kickstarter to make sure Team Turquoise hit its goal. The team posted an update on the campaign page: “doppel is the start of something very new in technology. Built from a deep understanding of people, it is the first step towards empathic technology that does not ask people to become more like machines but makes machines become more human.
“We are going to work tirelessly to make sure that we not only get the first ever run of doppels made and delivered to you, but that we then push beyond that.”
Kuai biometric headphones
We’ve seen biometric heart-rate monitoring headphones before, but Kuaiwear’s effort throws a few extra ingredients into the mix – most notably by integrating a foot pod, a smart coach and an MP3 player right into the device itself.
Kuai buds pack 8GB of memory to store your tunes and have a battery life of seven hours. They are waterproof down to 3m and the company behind them claims they are multisport friendly, with running, cycling, swimming and gym sessions all supported.
You can download virtual coaching sessions and get feedback on a range of metrics including speed, cadence, distance, bpm and calorie burn. You can also sync up the data with some high-profile third party platforms such as Endomondo, Strava and MyFitnessPal.
Kuaiwear claims it is ready to go with the device, it just needs the crowdfunding cash to help with mass production and distribution. It’s looking for £40,000 and you can grab a pair now from £64.
The team raised £75,000 from 725 backers by the end of the campaign. Kuai buds and accessories are also up for pre-order at a discount straight from the Kuaiwear online shop.
You remember Cogito right? Back in August last year, the Hong Kong based company announced a duo of connected timepieces: the Pop and the Classic – you can check out our Cogito Pop review right here.
Well, the company is back with the Cogito Fit hitting Kickstarter. The new device keeps to the original idea – icon based smartwatch notifications – but adds activity tracking to the mix. If you read our Nevo Watch review recently, you’re thinking along the right lines.
It’s also waterproof to 100m and there’s a funky ‘plug-in’ accessory angle, whereby you can alter the watch face’s bezel simply by popping in a new one.
Smartwatches don’t have to be mini computers for your wrist, and there’s an emerging ‘less is more’ trend leading to some interesting hybrid devices. The latest Cogito fits this description and, while its styling and design might not be for everyone, the idea behind its functionality is more universally useful.
The early bird $49 offer has expired now but you can still grab one, in a range of colours, for $54 – the RRP is set to be $99. Shipping is stated as July 2015, so it’s a quick turnaround. Cogito is looking for $100,000 in funding.
The company hit the $100k mark with a few days to spare and is now tying up distribution partners around the world.
We turn our attention to a UK-based startup this week. Kokoon is, we’re informed, the world’s first sleep sensing EEG headphones.
Teaming up with the audio experts at Onkyo, the idea is that the “comfortable enough to sleep in” cans play audio that adjusts to your sleep and wake patterns. The headphones will, purportedly, help improve sleep quality, let you understand how you slept and help you to feel more awake come morning. There’s also claims the methods employed can assist with your power naps.
“At Kokoon we have developed our own miniaturized dry EEG sensors which require no set up and discreetly sit within the headphones,” state the London company. “By applying the power of modern smartphone technology our algorithms we are able to give clinical levels of insight into your sleep and relaxation.”
The campaign ends on 10 July and already the $100,000 goal has been hit. $189 gets you the tech heavy headphones – the RRP is going to be $319. Shipping is forecast for February 2016.
They smashed it. Kokoon raised a whopping $1,936,825 on Kickstarter from over 8,000 backers, one of the most successful wearable crowdfunding campaigns we’ve seen. Whoop, whoop.
The team posted this update for backers and said to look out for pre-orders coming soon: “We’ll be sending out a survey closer to the shipping date to collect your addresses. This is likely to be towards the start of next year as we want to ensure we have the most accurate shipping information possible for all of our backers. There will also be a comments section for queries or special requests. We will also be sending out a survey for colour selection.”
If you’re launching a Kickstarter campaign in 2015, it might as well be a modular, code-able system of wearables for girls aged 4 – 8. Because the world is ready for Linkitz.
The next gen friendship bracelet set includes a programmable core and snappable links with electronic components inside such as a motion link with an accelerometer, LED links, speaker and mic links and a ‘friend’ link for connectivity (it’s not clear what yet).
More links are, of course, planned and as it’s wearable the aim is to help to keep kids active and social alongside learning some basic coding with games, secret codes and walkie-talkie features.
The Linkitz app is based on Google’s open source, picture-based programming language Blockly – the idea is that there’s no barriers to girls dragging and dropping changes on their parents’ iPad. Creator Lyssa Neel said in the video: “This is going to be a toy which changes how girls think about tech. It’s the first of its kind, there’s nothing like it.”
$100,000+ raised and the company says: “We’ll soon be sending you a survey to get emails and/or sizes and mailing addresses for your rewards and we’ll keep you up to date every step of the way as we go through the manufacturing process to bring Linkitz to you!”
Pulse Play is a simple idea designed to do battle with an age old problem – people who cheat at tennis. So, rather than let your dubious pals keep score, it keeps a track of all the points you score, on yours and your opponent’s bands, and the overall score too – simply tap the device every time you score a point and it will do the rest.
As well as basic score-keeping, the band also provides real-time audio updates of the score – with 50 voices on offer (Elvis is, bizarrely, one of the options).
The final aspect, and probably the most clever, is the companion app keeps a record of all your matches, letting you tap into a social network of like-minded and, hopefully, like-skilled opponents.
Grand Slam doubles champ Andy Ram is the company’s CEO and they are looking to raise $75,000 on Indiegogo. $75 gets you one and it’s $20 more for a pair.
Campaign goal hit and now the company is providing plenty of updates on the manufacturing process.
We’re cheating a bit here as MetaWear isn’t essentially a wearable tech device, although it has been described as “a Leatherman for wearables”.
A more apt description may be that it’s the Raspberry Pi for the wearable world as it’s a low-power sensor board packed with all the hardware you could need to build your own wearable. It’s actually the second version of MetaWear which successfully raised $115,000 in 2014.
The idea is that, combined with an app that handles all the complicated coding and debugging faff, the sensor board itself can be inserted into whatever you see fit – a skateboard, a backpack, a wristband and so on. It can then track and record a wealth of info from its 6-axis sensor setup that measures acceleration, rotation, orientation, pressure, angular velocity, altitude, and temperature using an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a barometer and a high precision temperature sensor.
It’s super simple and super complicated all at once, which is why it’s such a great idea. The early bird devices have sold out already on Kickstarter but a MetaWear board can be yours for $30.
MetaWear was looking for just $5,000 and is on more than five times that amount already.
A dedicated swimming wearable is big news as many sports watches and fitness trackers – we’re looking at you Jawbone UP3 – fall short of the necessary waterproofing and features.
Enter Swimmo. It’s a smartwatch for swimmers which is compatible with iPhone and Android phones. It can track the time and duration of your swimming sessions, distance in laps or metres, calories burned, heart rate and pace/speed.
With a colour OLED screen, a functional but tidy-looking plastic build and a five to seven day battery life, Swimmo ticks a lot of boxes. The team has also confirmed to Wareable that the waterproof device will be tested to 10 ATM (down to 100m).
With its PaceKeeper feature, the watch can buzz to nudge you to speed up, slow down or keep the same pace and likewise, its Intensity Coach feature can help you to stay in your desired heart rate zone.
Stretch goals include pro stats such as stroke details and SWOLF scores (the time and number of strokes it takes to swim a pool length) plus an open water swim mode.
You can bag yourself a Swimmo watch for an early bird price of $149 over on the Kickstarter campaign which is aiming to raise $39,000 in 35 days. Delivery is planned for October 2015.
Swimmo’s target has been well and truly smashed: $184,305!
HiSmart takes a bit of tech we drape around ourselves – the wired, in-line remote – and simply puts it into an accessory that’s there already.
The convertible, waterproof canvas and Italian leather backpack/messenger bag is nice enough – it has a 12 pocket organiser – but this isn’t just another charging bag. It’s the strap that’s got us all hot under the collar, so to speak.
With a simple silver disc control that connects to a HiSmart app you can skip tracks, change volumes, answer and dismiss calls, pin locations and take selfies. Plus the obligatory find my phone function.
Assuming you wear the bag with the strap across you or down one arm, it should in theory remove the need for an in-line remote or possibly even a smartwatch, depending on what you use it for.
If you like the look of this connected messenger bag/backpack, you can pledge $199 to Chinese company Lepow on Indiegogo now with shipping by July. It’s available in black or cognac.
The HiSmart bag has blasted past its modest $50,000 target – with the campaign near closed, it raised a total of $280,000. The personalised HiSmart perk was also unlocked – this means backers can have your name on the inside label for an extra $10.
We’re quite strict when it comes to covering headphones on Wareable. Sure, they’re wearable, but if they do nothing for the connected self – forget about it.
And while the Aivvy Q cans don’t pack heart rate sensor tech, or play your music in time with your running strides, they do offer a very unique personalised service. These headphones are a music playing system in themselves but, rather than a drag and drop MP3 affair, they offer wearers a personalised curation of tunes from a cloud boasting millions of tracks.
It’s a system that learns what you like, when you like it, and offers up unique playlists that change every time the device syncs with the cloud – and that happens every time you put them on to charge.
Not that you’ll need to charge that often, there’s 40 hours of playback on a single charge and the Aivvy Q system also offers noise cancellation and CD quality audio.
The Kickstarter campaign met its $125,000 goal in just one day and $188,000 was raised in total.
The VX1 was aiming to do one thing very well – amplify your phone’s display – but the Impression Pi is really a do-it-all VR headset. It handles VR AND AR AND tracks your head AND tracks gestures. It’s wireless. Open source. It’s modular and upgradeable. Plus it works with both Android and iPhone. All for a starting price of just $79.
Well, if you want the Empower package which includes camera sensing then it will cost $249 but next to the Note 4 and S6-only Gear VR, that’s still a great deal. Estimated shipping is December, worldwide.
The Impression Pi team reached its $78,000 Kickstarter goal in just 72 hours. They are now in the process of working out some stretch goals and will update the page.
Cmoar VR headset
We like the Cmoar VR headset for a couple of reasons – it’s compatible with lots and lots of smartphones, Android and iPhone from 4-inch to 5.7-inch, and it even has a separate base specifically for the iPhone 6 Plus.
It’s damn affordable with as little as a $99 pledge getting you a headset on its Kickstarter campaign, though rewards are selling out quick. And its features and accessories make total VR gaming sense – for an extra $49 you can get a bundled Cmoar gamepad that looks a bit like a Wii controller plus it supports a passthrough camera for augmented reality too.
There’s a $19 power bank that you can also choose to add to your order and a $29 stand to keep it in your bedroom. A travelling case will be added if the campaign hits $120,000.
Buttons on the side let you control volume, the camera and navigate around VR content and there’s external sensors (gyroscope, accelerometer) to improve head-tracking and a handy USB port for charging. All very practical and everyone knows practical is sexy. Cmoar VR headsets will ship in June/July 2015 to Kickstarter backers.
The $100,000 target has been met – with its total of just over $120,000 by the end of March, as backers will get bonus travelling cases too.
Smart-clothing is set to explode in popularity in 2015 and one of the most impressive systems we’ve stumbled across so far has just landed on Indiegogo. Tracky, by Bangalore-based ProjectPOLE, is the world’s first motion capture sports wear – at least that’s what its makers claim.
The clever garments pack a range of “Boost Pad” sensors, combined with embedded sensor straps to track a vast array of workout statistics. The system records and analyses body movements (including stretches), heart rate, breathing, temperature and calorie burn. The idea is that, rather than just providing a list of stats and figures, the companion app can give real-time feedback on skill and technique, motion, efficiency and posture; meaning less injuries and better training.
Tracky is capable of recognising 198 sport techniques, 126 yoga combinations, 186 workout motions, and a whopping 1,137 sports patterns in total. Plus, the more it’s used by the community, the better its understanding will be.
If it works as ProjectPOLE claim, Tracky could be a genuine game changer.
The company is looking for $30,000 funding. A $179 pledge gets you a Tracky kit, comprised of a t-shirt and trousers with 11 interchangeable sensors and the strap.
Kind of. ProjectPOLE didn’t meet its $30,000 goal but thanks to Indiegogo’s Flexible Funding the team will still receive the $12,549 it raised during the campaign.
According to an update posted after the Indiegogo campaign ended, the feedback and suggestions from crowdfunders have already fed into the development of the product.
Most wearable devices are simply a bunch of
sensors in a band and an application layer that makes sense of it all, working
out real world information such as steps and calories from a stream of
registered movements. However, imagine if you could download apps to do tonnes
of new things with that same information.
That’s the plan behind HIRIS. It’s a sensor
laden ‘wearable computer’ that lets you decide what it’s for. Apps will include
fitness tracking, exercise sensing, home automation and even gesture controls
for important Minority Report style PowerPoint presentations or controlling
It’s also modular, an essential buzzword
to cover off in 2015, so it can be upgraded with new features in the future.
We’ve not seen too many wearables take this strategy, yet it makes so much
sense. Your basic activity tracker can be an app download away from being able to
do so much more, and since you’re buying the tech anyway, why not get your
money’s worth? The only issue is whether a start up like this can sell the
volume to make its platform worth developing for.
HIRIS is looking for $80,000
before 21 March 2015, and $94 gets you a tracker which should be delivered
by October 2015.
$84,060 raised and the company is ecstatic. “We are very excited to move into the next phase and begin preparing for mass production, so that we can bring HIRIS to the masses,” it said. “You should expect your perk as early as this fall, and we cannot wait for you to receive them.”
We’ve featured a non-wearable sleep monitor before in our Beddit sleep monitor review and RestOn is a similar tracker that’s currently going for less on Indiegogo.
The early bird price is $99 with free shipping to US, Canada and China ($20 extra everywhere else).
So what does it do? The 2mm thick belt is placed on the bed underneath you and measures sleep time, heart rate, respiratory rate and sleep cycles. The companion Sleepace app analyses and scores your sleep each night giving you personalised tips and reminders to help improve your sleep – something we found Beddit was missing in our review. As for accuracy, it claims to be the most accurate sleep monitor ever.
Weekly and monthly sleep quality reports help you look at the big picture, rather than sweating the small stuff over one night’s sleep and Sleepace also says that RestOn will look to support Apple Health, Microsoft Health and Google Health in the future.
RestOn has already tripled its original target of $50,000. The Sleepace team has already sent out units to its Holiday Early Bird backers and received feedback. Current estimated delivery if you pledge now is February 2015.
We’ve been following Stridalyzer – a pair of connected insoles for runners – since the product was unveiled back in September, and have to say it’s one of our favourite Kickstarter projects of the year.
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The idea came from a pair of injured runners hailing from India, who wanted to improve the way they ran. ReTiSense – the company behind Stridalyzer – claims that 60% – 70% of runners will suffer an injury and 40% of those will include the dreaded ‘runner’s knee’. That’s the problem Stridalyzer is trying to solve.
The connected insoles feature a host of pressure sensors, which monitor your footfalls, looking for imbalances, over-pronation and stresses on your limbs, which can lead to serious injury. The app live tracks your run, offering feedback if it notices serious problems with your form and offers a “form score” after every training session.
Runner’s form will deteriorate as fatigue kicks in and Stridalyzer will also help long distance runners stay aware of how their bodies react to tiredness, which can focus gym sessions away from the track.
Away from your technique, Stridalyzer will also help optimise cadence and ground contact time, which can yield improvements in speed and time, too.
As injured runners here at Wareable we feel there’s real value in this project, but a lot will depend on the quality of the hardware and how much analysis is offered through the app. As we’ve seen, showing the data is one thing but helping people act on it is quite another.
ReTiSense is looking for $25,000 of funding before 7 January. A pair of smart insoles will set you back $90.
ReTiSense has hit its $25,000 goal – the team gives its heartfelt gratitude to all its backers on its Kickstarter page and says it will start working with manufacturers straightaway.
Fineck – Neck fitness wearable
For those of us who spend far too long sat in front of a computer screen neck problems can be an occupational hazard. That was the problem facing the creators of Fineck, who decided to make a wearable to help.
According to the company’s Kickstarter page “72% of 24-45 year olds suffer pain on the shoulder muscles, 11% on the cervical nerves and 4% on the cervical artery.” We’ve already heard that bad posture will be the “smoking of our generation” – and there’s certainly a problem to be solved.
Fineck wants to be that solution. It’s an activity tracker for your neck, and it offers help and insights into maintaining a healthy posture. It will track and record your posture, your spine’s shape and the way you walk, and offer reminders for you to sit better and stop slouching. However, unlike many wearables that simply nag, Fineck is designed to help you strengthen your neck – and it does that in an innovative way.
The titanium-clad necklace hooks up to your smartphone to challenge you to do neck exercises via the medium of simple games, which will help you gain strength and ward off negative long term effects.
On the tech side, the small titanium module has four LEDs, and accelerometer and gyroscope in order to keep tabs on your movement.
The company is asking for $20,000 before 10 January. A Fineck tracker will set you back $69 if you bag an early bird unit.
Fineck has hit its $20,000 target on Kickstarter and its campaign update says the team is working hard on production for an April 2015 delivery.
This week’s focus is Pinć VR – a virtual
reality headset designed to take on the likes of the Archos VR, the Zeiss VR One and the Samsung Gear VR. However, there’s a twist with Cordon Media’s prototype
as it’s a headset and a smartphone case all in one.
Built to sit snug around an iPhone 6,
the Pinć (pronounced “pinch”) is designed to fit in your pocket with the aim of
making VR truly portable.
The reason behind the name is the second
unique feature of the product that’s looking for $100,000 in funding – it is
controlled by rings worn on the user’s index fingers to pinch and click.
The case aspect looks a bit, er, naff let’s
say and we’d rather gesture control was on offer without the need for
additional devices but we applaud the effort to distinguish the device away
from the first wave of mobile VR headsets.
The campaign ends on 22 January.
Pinch VR managed to raise CAD$76,000, meeting its Indiegogo target. Estimated delivery is July 2015.
Pip: GPS tracker for your pets
Here at Wareable we love pets, which is why we’ve already dedicated plenty of column inches to the wearable tech for cats, dogs and even cows. So when we spotted Pip, we couldn’t help but take a second look, and it looks like a fantastic product.
Now, we’re going to start with the caveat that Pip needs a design overhaul. Compared to Whistle, crafted by New Deal Design, the plastic coloured design is the biggest bugbear, but under the plastic is a genuinely clever device that solves real problems for pet owners.
The collar is GPS connected, so if your beloved pet runs off, or doesn’t come home then you can get an immediate fix on their location using the company’s bespoke PetSimpl app.
Using GPS all the time would be a battery drain, but Pip gets clever by turning off the GPS when it’s near your home. The company claims this means the battery will last three months – a real boon.
Finally, the unit acts as an activity tracker, which will alert you to changes in your pet’s behaviour, which can be a sure sign of illness.
Pip has hit its target of $50,000. The company says it will deliver in June 2015.
Sometimes the simplest ideas are the most effective, and that’s what Simple Matters is hoping with its new wearable: Ditto. Ditto is a small device that clips on to your clothes, or pops into your pocket, and connects to your smartphone using Bluetooth.
There are no buttons, there’s no display, no LED lights and no battery charging port.
You simply set up your Ditto using an iOS or Android app, telling the device about the alerts you want to know about. The idea is that you can create a notification system personalised for yourself, for the calls, texts and emails from the people you actually want to hear from. Your Ditto will buzz when one of your ‘favourite’ notifications hits your phone, and you can even set up unique vibration alerts form different contacts.
Sure, Ditto isn’t doing anything that hasn’t been done before – but it’s certainly taking a fresh approach by completely stripping back the extras.
Like the Misfit Flash, it uses a regular watch battery that will last months and is waterproof so you can wear it in the pool or at the gym. Aside from the notification alerts there are a couple of tiny additional features; most notably a silent alarm and a warning for when you’ve left your phone behind (and it loses its connection).
Simple Matters hit its $100,000 target on Kickstarter.
There are plenty of wearable swimming devices already on the market but none are any good. That’s the verdict of Andrea Rinaldo, at least; ex-pro swimmer and co-founder of the company behind Xmetrics, the self-proclaimed “first activity tracker for swimmers”.
Fitting on the back of a swimmer’s goggles, the buttonless device records critical swimm