So you want to get notifications, count steps, and check the time and you’re all into Apple Watch? Maybe, you should give it some consideration. Here’s a list of 10 fancy independent wearables that can be a great alternative to ‘fruit company’s’ new gadget, both in terms of cost and usefulness.
”Neptune Pine” watch. No smartphone needed.
Many Apple fans were disappointed to find out that Apple Watch is actually inseparable from the iPhone. For those seeking a a smartphone-free wearable – here’s Neptune Pine. A bit too large and bulky, this watch is the first step towards your new wearable experience. The ‘craggy’ exterior of Neptune Pine may not be quite suitable for small wrists, barrel coughs, and highly sophisticated tastes, but hey, let’s give it some time to get smaller.
”Jolt” head sensor. Watch your head.
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Jolt co-founder Ben Harvantine spent two weeks in hospital because of a concussion the doctors failed to notice. Unlike much of what’s currently on the market, Jolt doesn’t really keep track of your health, steps taken, time slept or whatever. It was specifically created by MIT scientists to help young athletes prevent injuries when engaged in sports activities. The sensor is fixed to the athlete’s head (helmet, head band, etc.) and sends notifications to the coach or parents in case he or she is injured. If at least one of the points in app’s check-lists coincides with athlete’s symptoms – they should be be taken care of immediately. The sooner a medical checkup is made, the lower is the chance of complications.
”Jaha” fitness band. Affordable and motivational.
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Jaha has recently completed its Kickstarter campaign with over $57,000 raised out of $25,000 goal. The thing about this wrist band is that it’s made to be the most affordable one on the market at just $29. That’s 1/40 of the price of Apple Watch Gold, if such a comparison is fit. According to the man behind this “fitness-for-all” product, Patrick Tang, the company has researched and studied all of the flaws of the existing bands out there, creating Jaha to combine the best features, style, comfort, and functions. Notifications, messaging, GPS, fitness challenges, team collaboration, and much more – to not only keep track of your athletic successes, but to make the whole process more motivational and social.
"Tinitell" wristband. Buy one for your kid – get one yourself.
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Tinitell is a great tool for caring parents. However, unlike many other devices for parents – it does not track injuries or whatnot – it tracks… your kid. There’s a GPS (to seek for the lost), battery (a week of life), unlimited memory for phone contacts, and radically simple interface – everything you need to be sure it’s all right. For those who do not want to push the only button the device has – there’s voice control.
"Moov" wristband. Meet your new personal trainer.
”Our mission is to make people healthier and more attractive through giving them a device to assist them in their trainings”. As simple as that. Moov is a wristband that keeps track of the quality of your trainings, not their quantity. There are five training modes so far – running, swimming, gymnastics, boxing, and cycling. Yoga and golf are on their way to the device. The user gets real-time tips about how well he or she is performing in a particular activity. In case you do something wrong – you’ll know what exactly. Moov works with professional trainers to enhance the experience and make your trainings much more effective.
"Atlas". That weird watch you saw on the Web.
Just like the previous devices on our list – Atlas is targeted for fitness. Even though the watch is not quite conventional in terms of design, and will likely not be something you’ll use every day, it’s a great tool for the time you spend in working out. All you have to do is to enter your weight you work with when performing exercises in the gym. The device tracks your pulse and the ‘reps’. Atlas also recommends the optimal resting time between your sets, so you don’t feel completely smashed after the workout.
”Spire”. A tracker to make you happier.
A rare example of device to focus on both our fitness shape and the mind, striving to make the user more effective and, eventually, happier. The metric here is your breath, which, according to the developers, is the main indicator of happiness. This one is definitely a must for those familiar with Google Search Inside Yourself and ‘mindfulness’ practices.
”Meta M1 Core”. A smart tracker with a touch of luxury.
First things first – the man behind the design here is Frank Nuovo, former Vice President and Chief of Design at Nokia, and, eventually, Vertu. The device keeps you from FOMO (‘Fear Of Mission Out ‘), and looks luxurious in the process. Apart from the ‘front-end’, the device is basically similar to any other smart watch – it works with your iPhone or Android smartphone, showing notifications on calls, messages and playing music.
So, what do you think of them? Are they worth a try?