Wearables, what are they according to WIKI? Clothing and accessories incorporating computer and advanced electronic technologies. These wearables consist mostly of smart watches and bracelets but recently we have also seen an uptake in smart rings. This technology is weaving it’s way into our every day lives, to enhance our experiences, help us find the way, and keep track of our fitness levels.
Let’s look into on a few of our favorites:
The Pebble Watch
What if a watch could pair with your phone and run apps right from your wrist? The new Pebble app store promises just this. New types of apps make this a very useful device.
From the Pebble website: “Pebble puts critical apps and notifications on your wrist, giving you immediate access to what’s most important. “
Tech specs that impress us the most:
• 5-7 days between charges
• 5 ATM water resistance
• Optical hard coating for scratch resistance
At $99.00 it’s priced competitively. If you are looking for a more luxurious look and feel make sure you check out the new Pebble Steel at $199, see the image.
For more information and to purchase the Pebble Watch visit their website.
The Withings Pulse
The Withings Pulse packs a pedometer, heart rate monitor, and sleep tracker. “A “wear it your way” tracker to monitor your activity and sleep, read vital signs and improve your overall health.” This device is more well known for its connection with a scale and its focus on a sound sleep routine. It enables you to learn from your data and improve on your general well being and overall health.
- Touch screen for history browsing
- Weight: 8 g (0.28 oz., 0.018 lb)
- Sensor: heart rate & SpO2 measurement
A line of 18k gold rings with precious and semi-precious stones. The ring syncs with your phone and apps. According to how you set it up it will alert, by vibrating, to calendar events, important messages and other notifications that you have set up to suit your personal needs. The rings are attractive and you wouldn’t know all this technology is lurking beneath the surface of the precious stones. Choose one of the 5 different precious stones, emerald, pink sapphire, rainbow moonstone, black onyx or tourmalated quartz, the latter being a limited addition.
Prices range from $ 195 to $260. Even though the Ringly will start shipping early 2015 we think it would still make a good Christmas gift for the women in your life that appreciate a lovely piece of jewelry as well as sophisticated technology. She’ll just have to wait for it a little bit!
GoPro HERO4 SILVER
The best known wearable camera on the market today. This is the first GoPro with built in touch-display convenience that will enable you to control the camera, frame shots and play back content. The camera boasts even better image quality than any of the other best selling GoPro cameras that came before. Pro-quality capture. Touch-display convenience.
- Built-In WiFi + Bluetooth: Delivers enhanced connectivity to the GoPro App, Smart Remote
- Durable + Waterproof to 131′ (40m): Designed to withstand extreme environments and conditions
- High-Performance Audio: New Audio System captures clean, high fidelity sound and nearly 2x the dynamic range.
All watches tell time. This one helps you make the most of it or so boasts Apple. This watch will be able to make card payments, nudge you to turn a corner on your way to your destination and its even able to share your heartbeat with whom you choose. The Apple Watch will run on its own operating system and has its own apps. However, you can easily switch from Watch to your iPhone. Read new mail on Apple Watch, then respond on iPhone. See a sports score or news update on Apple Watch, and read more about it on iPhone
Expected to be available by spring 2015. The price for a basic model has been announced as $349. Visit Apple’s website to stay in the know!
Stay connected with the Motorola Moto 360 00418NARTL smart watch, which features a 1.56″ LCD touch screen that displays alerts from your compatible Android device. A Bluetooth 4.0 interface helps simplify wireless pairing.
Tech specs that impress us the most:
- Wireless charging
- Scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla glass
- Responds to your voice
To shop these wearables please make sure you follow these guidelines:
How To Shop US-Only Retailers
To see the US version of any website, and the US-only merchandise and sales they offer, you’ll need to trick the online store into thinking you’re visiting their website from the US. You can use Proxify to hide your location from US websites, and view the sales that they’re hiding from you. Just enter the URL of the store you want to visit into Proxify, and choose a US location from the Proxify Satellite drop down menu. Voilà! You’re now shopping online from the US.
International Shipping from US-Only Retailers
Now that you have access to the US-Only merchandise and sales, there is still the matter of international shipping. Even though you can now see all the great deals, if you try to check out using an international shipping address, you’ll find that store will not ship clearance items internationally.
You know the answer to this one… just use your tax-free package forwarding address, and you can get international shipping on all the clearance items you want.
Get a US credit Card
OPAS has teamed up with US Unlocked to offer you their US Unlocked Card. The US Unlocked Card is a debit card with your own US billing address. This address allows you to shop mostly anywhere. You can also purchase downloads from iTunes, Amazon Kindle, B&N Nook and many more sites. As an OPAS user you benefit from a $5 discount on the application fee!
Find more wearables for you or your gift list.
One of our favorite online retailers Amazon has an extensive collection of wearable technology, from wearable cameras to smart sport accessories they will have what you are looking for.