25 Jul Wearable Devices Roundup: Cefaly-II, T-band,JAGUAR’S R4 300, Wearable Payments Devices, Wearable Heating Systems
1. Migraine Control Wearable: Cefaly Technology relaunches Rx-only
Cefaly Technology on Monday relanuched its “wearable” for the treatment of migraines after undergoing a massive makeover, the company announced. Cefaly I, which gained popularity for its unique headband-like shape, is now three-quarters its size, fits in the palm of a person’s hand, is rechargeable, uses magnets to stay in place and allows patients more control over the intensity of their daily session. The new Cefaly II, is available exclusively in the United States; it will become available next in Europe in September.
Also new is a built-in rechargeable Lithium-ion Polymer 3.7 V battery that replaces the two AAA batteries, which contributed to the device’s shape and bulk. The new battery allows for the Cefaly II to be charged either by a USB cable on a home or work computer, or through a wall charger.
Cefaly II is available by prescription-only and indicated for patients 18 years of age and older. In clinical trials, only 4.3% of people reported side effects – all of which were minor and fully reversible.
2. Tecno T-band : First smart wristband from TECNO MOBILE
The wearable technology movement has continued to gain speed over past few years leaving many customers with options for home use, bring your own device, and even exercise. Being able to reap the benefits of wearable technology at home or in the workplace has changed the shape of how we access customer information or track our fitness and well-being.
Telecom giant TECNO MOBILE becomes the latest company to expand to wearable devices realm. The Tecno T-band is the first smart wristband from TECNO and is bundled with Camon C9 which is only available for free for those who earlier pre-ordered the Tecno Camon C9.
The band is primarily aimed to help users track activities, act as a notification device and to some extent a remote control device. Unfortunately, it does not have a screen. Making things worse, accuracy is still an issue with the T-band. At times it fails to execute a command.It can’t be used to receive calls either. So it might come with upgrades in future.
3. JAGUAR’S R4 300: More than just a wearable
When you think of companies that make wearable tech, Jaguar doesn’t immediately leap to mind. The car manufacturing corporation has created for its new sport SUV, the F-Pace, a rather novel wearable called the Activity Key.The Activity Key is a R4 300 wristband with one function: it unlocks and locks your car. This means you can access or lock your car when lugging around a key chain just wouldn’t be practical.
If you’re a fan of the outdoors, the Activity Key comes in pretty handy – especially if you decide to go swimming, or surfing or mountain biking and you’re worried about losing your key chain. The Activity Key is waterproof, which actually means that it’s ‘proof’ and not ‘resistant’ up to a whopping 20 meters.
The technology here is simply an RFID tag embedded in waterproof rubber to keep everything dry.
Looking past the price, there are some other caveats to keep in mind. For example, you can only unlock the car if it was originally locked with the Activity Key. Locking it through the key fob or app will leave the wearable unable to do anything. To use it all you need to do is leave your car ,leaving the key fob inside), and then you can lock it by holding the band against the ‘J’ of the Jaguar logo on the back of the car. This both locks the car and deactivates the key fob. When you’re done with your extreme sports, press the boot release, hold the band against the ‘J’ again, and the car will unlock.
While the car’s owner can sync their car up with eight of the bands, the car can only be unlocked by the band that was used to lock it.If you lock the car and then lose the band you’ll need to get your Jaguar back to the dealership so they can unlock it. It’s rather bulky but it’s surprisingly light and won’t get in the way when you’re enjoying your preferred extreme sport. The Activity Key is very much a one trick pony for an extremely specific market. Even if this appeals to you, don’t forget that massive price-tag; R4 300 could buy you most wearables or trackers which have many more features. That being said, if you’re in the market for a brand new Jaguar we assume money isn’t much of an obstacle.
4. Wearable Payments Devices: Would credit cards stand this blow
Credit cards could be overtaken by wearable payment technology within five years, a leading financial expert said. Visa is providing everyone who attends the Olympics in Brazil next month with a wristband allowing them to make payments from anywhere within the Olympic complex.
And the Internet of Things means customers could be constantly connected to their banks or other institutions. “The revolution that we have seen since in payments means that now, right now today and progressively over the next five to seven years, the plastic card might not be the universal tool with which to pay. We are now talking about moving money through technology that we wear. Just imagine that phone that we had back in 1994 which now fits very well into our pockets, wallets and purses can now be used to move money,” said Mark Sievewright, the Welsh president of credit union solutions at the US financial services company Fiserv.
The Internet of Things is designed to aid communication, improve ease of use and provide immediacy.It involves connecting household items like white goods or heating controls to the internet to allow them to be remotely operated.
5. HEAT-O: Modular Wearable Heating System Hits Kickstarter
Anyone that continually works in cold environments might be interested in a new modular wearable heating system which is being created by HEAT-O. The wearable technology has been specifically designed to provide you with a heating system is capable of warming your body even in the most extreme environments.
Check out the video below to learn more about the HEAT-O wearable heating system, which consists of heating pads that can be positioned on your chest, back and palms to help keep your core temperature, and circulation functioning correctly.
HEAT-O has been designed for daily use by sports professionals, hobbyists and at work and sizes are available for both men and women. HEAT-O explains a little more about the personal heating system in this video.