Devices + Wearables Making Waves
As with numerous other areas of business, crowd funding has helped launch software, events, and devices with fervor. More people are finding the funding they need to seed a project and turn it into a reality. This is certainly true in the wearables, biohacking and bodyhacking arenas. Here’s a handful of the projects we’re super excited about right now. Some are still funding, some are to pre-order stage, and some can be in your hands in a matter of days. Check them out, whether you’re interested in Quantified Self, seamless notification, or artistic enhancement.
Blocks: Modular smart watch kit:
Perhaps our favorite on the list, Blocks promises to be a modular smartwatch where you choose your screen type, processor, and components. Possible components include activity tracking, blood oxygen levels, GPS, camera triggers, backup battery power, and more.
Kovert: Notification jewelry:
Notification devices are the ‘it’ thing right now, and Kovert offers chic, pretty, covert jewelry to house a notification gem.
Freedom: RFID backpack for child tracking:
Aimed at parents of kids who commute to school alone, this RFID-enabled backpack can alert you when your child leaves a customizable location area.
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Doppel: Wearable mood + pace setter:
Fully funded, Doppel is a wearable with haptic response to help you tune your pace, mood, or focus.
TZOA: Air quality tracker:
Air quality is one of the environmental impacts that is perhaps talked the least about (in North America), yet so important to every person. TZOA is a small device that continually tests your environment, giving alerts when the air is too particle-heavy, or ‘dirty’.
YONO: Fertility tracking device:
Developers have focused on wearables for notification, jewelry aimed at women, and things for encouraging girls into STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education, but little has been done to address female fertility and reproductive health. YONO is a nightly earbud wearable aimed at precisely measuring basal temperature for fertility tracking and family planning.
LECHAL: Navigation + activity tracking insoles:
Want directions around the city without being interrupted? LECHAL are insoles worn inside any shoes that give haptic responses for directions, as well as activity tracking.
OURA: Sleep tracking and analysis ring:
It’s as straight forward as it sounds. OURA is a small ring that does motion and sleep tracking, analyzing the data for better understanding of how you recharge at night.
Jolt: Head injury assessment wearable:
Intended to help athletes young and old, Jolt is a small wearable sensors for movement to help parents and coaches know when a hit is too hard, hopefully diminishing the number of concussions and injury-related dementia cases.
OnCourse: Sighting/navigation goggles for open water:
While Triathletes won’t be the only ones interested in these, OnCourse goggles are meant for helping the wearer navigate in open water.
Soundbrenner Pulse: Wearable metronome + music trainer:
Modular and unassuming, the Soundbrenner is a wearable device that can sync with a phone or other devices to act as a metronome as well as performance trainer. Applications include instrument practice, syncing an entire band to the same beat, and rhythm training. (It would be curious to see this utilized in dance or synchronized group activities as well.)
DrumPants: Wearable midi drum machine:
Are you the type of person who ends up tapping on desks, railings, or everything around you? DrumPants are a wearable midi controller that is compact, easy to transport, and integrates with over 300 apps. Musicians can use it to augment their music creating and performances, or the average user can take their natural rhythm to the next level, without a drum kit taking over their space.
noki: Keyboardless typing:
An Austin-local startup, noki is a device startup that makes for compact keyboardless typing. Two bands fit over the palms/hands and can pick up typing without actual key pressing.
MYLE TAP: Recording device:
Ever had a random, important thought but no way to record it? MYLE TAP is meant to help you by recording voice commands, analyzing, and acting if a paired app is applicable. You no longer have to lose that perfect business idea you had in the middle of a downward dog.
AMPY: Motion-driven battery charging:
We live in a society driven by batteries, whether rechargeable or not. The AMPY is a motion-driven battery charging device. Simply wear when engaging in physical activity to generate a charge that can then be used to refuel your mobile devices.
With crowdfunding, we as consumers are able to be involved in the research, development, funding, and production phases of product development. This allows for greater feedback to the product designers about the wants and needs of their consumers, and allows for more useable, desired products to come to market. While there are still a handful of projects that are concept only (and so cool)- keep tabs on the above to chart when and how you can purchase your new favorite self-enhancing device. Know of one we haven’t covered? Reach out on Facebook or Twitter (@bodyhackingcon) and let us know!