Top 5 insanely cool, weird wearables no one needs
With technology advancing leaps and bounds every single day, it isn't surprising that the market for wearable tech is growing along. And if you thought wearables were only limited to fitness bands, think again. Today, we look at some of the coolest and functional wearables that no one needs. Here's our cherry-picked list.
Nike Adapt BB: Self-lacing shoe
Adapt BB, Nike's self-lacing footwear is the future(?) of sneakers. The Bluetooth-enabled wearable allows the wearer to tighten and loosen the shoes using a phone app. The shoes last upto 14 days on a single charge and can be charged wirelessly. However, the lack of fitness tracking features is disappointing. The Adapt BB costs $350 which is approximately Rs. 24,000 in India.
Nubia Alpha: The ugly phone-cum-smartwatch
Touted as the world's first wearable phone, Nubia's Alpha can be wrapped around the wrist to track fitness, click photos, make calls and send messages. On the tech side of things, there's a 4-inch flexible OLED display, heart rate sensor, 5MP camera, Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset, and eSIM support. The cellular variant is priced at EUR 549 (approx. Rs. 44,300). Note: It is ugly!
Bose Sleepbuds that don't play music
You might associate Bose with premium audio accessories but the company's Sleepbuds can't play music. Surprise, surprise! Weighing at just 1.4 grams, these buds use proprietary noise-masking technology to help you sleep better. They come with pre-loaded "sleeptracks" that mirror ambient noises and hide them with relaxing audio such as gentle waves and wind turbines. In India, these fancy Sleepbuds cost Rs. 23,000.
North Focals Smart Glasses
Focals, the latest smart glasses by Amazon-backed North, use a hidden holographic display to show information such as texts, call alerts, navigation, and weather updates right in front of your eyes. The Alexa-powered device is controlled by 'Loop', which is a ring with a discreet four-way joystick. The North Focals are priced at $1,000 which is approx. Rs. 69,000 in India.
Louis Vuitton Canvas: A purse with screen
Thanks to foldable displays, OEMs have already embarked on this journey to change the future of our smartphones, TVs, laptops, and smartwatches. And in the same world, Louis Vuitton is using this new technology to redefine fashion accessories. The premium design house has shown prototypes of handbags that feature real and working AMOLED flexible displays and can play videos on the go.