Our guide to wearables

You’ve probably heard the word wearable a lot recently. It’s a brand new category of mobile device, a clever bit of technology that you can wear, like a watch or wristband. Your wearable can display notifications, let you control your phone, help you make and receive calls and loads more.

Nike kicked off the wearable trend a few years ago with its Fuelband, and now every manufacturer is racing to release their own more feature packed version.

So how could a wearable help you? Don’t have time to pull out your mobile to see who’s texting you? With a wearable, you don’t have to. Your text is right there on your wrist. If you’re into running, it’ll tell you how far you’ve gone and how many calories you’ve burned. And when you want to change the track you’re listening to, you can do it from your wearable.

In the future, you can expect wearables to get smaller, lighter and much cleverer. We’re hearing rumours about some fantastic new technology like contact lenses that won’t just display what’s on your phone, but will also measure glucose levels for diabetics too.

Wearable clothing will track your activity, from measuring your heart rate to taking photos of where you’ve been and what you’ve been doing. It will even use your movement to generate electricity, charging your phone as you walk or run.

We’re just at the exciting beginning of the possibilities of wearables, and eventually you’ll wonder how you ever did without them. For now, here are some of the pioneering wearable devices on the market today. 

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Samsung Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit

These water resistant smart watches and smartband track your heartbeat, helping you maximise your workout. They’ll also let you know if you have a text or an email. Plus the Gear 2 also has a handy camera built in too.

Best for people who like to be in control

 

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Sony Smartband

This device lets you track your activity, from exercise to who you were talking to to on the phone to what song you were listening to. And it displays it all beautifully on Sony’s Lifelog app.

Best for people who love to look back on what they’ve been up to

 

 

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LG G Watch

This always on smart watch saves you having to ever press a button, as just a glance at the screen will tell you what notifications have come in. Plus it’s water resistant too.

Best for people who always have their hands full. 

 

 

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Huawei TalkBand B1

The B1 is not just a handy watch, fitness tracker and notification assistant. It’s also a Bluetooth headset, so you can snap it out of its body and clip it to your ear to take a call.

Best for people who don’t like too many gadgets

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