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7 Awesome Wearable Techs That You Never Knew About

7 Awesome Wearable Techs That You Never Knew About

Wearable technology is kind of a big deal nright ow. It doesn’t matter what part of the industry you look at. Katy Perry and Lady Gaga have ridiculous light up cloths now. You can put things on your wrist that could double for medical equipment. In the near future, we’ll have smart glasses, smart cloths, and other smart objects. Some of this stuff is already available now. Here are some wearable techs you can get your hands on right now.

1. Misfit Shine Activity Tracker


    Price:

    $99.99

    The Misfit Chine Activity Tracker is a minimal piece of wearable tech that tracks your activities. It’s great for people who want to see how far they’ve run or what they’re doing but don’t want the weighty, bulky, and in-the-way wearable techs that other companies have. There is a companion app that is available for iOS and Android where you can also do things like plan workouts and see your progress. It’s also relatively cheap compared to other wearables.

    2. FitBark

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      Price:

      $59.99 – $99.99

      There are a ton of activity tracker wearables for people but there is also one for animals! This one is called FitBark and it’s designed to let you see how active your dog is. A lot of people have dogs that aren’t getting enough exercise and using this wearable, you know whether or not Fido needs another trip outside to play some Frisbee. You can even use the stats to see if your dog isn’t feeling well (because their activity will be way down just like ours is). It’s in the Kickstarter phase right now but the project was funded twice over so we expect this to be readily available eventually.

      3. UP 24 by Fitbit

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        Price:

        $99.99 – $115.99

        UP 24 is another activity tracker (we promise, this is the last one). This one is a more fashionable version that comes in several colors so you can get one that goes well with your clothes. Like with the others, there is a companion app. The premise behind this one is that it’s supposed to help you see how you sleep, your activity, and other things. The app will even take a look at what you eat and drink to see if maybe your weight may be a diet problem and not an exercise problem.

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        4. GPSports

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          Price:

          $2000-$3000

          GPSports is among the world’s highest quality trackers. It’s used by professional athletes the world over to help track their performance, vitals, and injuries. They can take a serious beating, be used with other units to track entire teams worth of people, and they’re extremely expensive. It won’t be long until more people in more sports get in on these.

          5. Alert Shirt

            Price: Not out yet

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            The Alert Shirt is a fun shirt idea that lets you feel what players feel in your favorite sports. If you watch the video on the homepage, they explain it better than I can but here’s how it works. You put on this shirt and connect it to the app via Bluetooth. Then, during matches, when your favorite player gets nervous, excited, or (in contact sports) gets waxed by his competition, the shirt will response and let you know what the player is feeling. It’s admittedly niche but it’s still really cool.

            6. Navigate

              Price: Not out yet

              Navigate is a GPS enabled jacket that helps guide you around. Here’s how it works. There are electronics built into the back of the jacket. When you need to go right, the right side of the jacket will vibrate briefly, and the left side will vibrate when you need to turn left. It’ll then vibrate altogether briefly when you’ve arrived at your destination. You don’t have the visual comfort of having a map but you should be able to get to where you’re going on foot without a problem and without looking into your phone.

              7. LED Clothing

              Price: Varies

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              In the video for Navigate, you’ll also see a bit about this next one which is clothing that have LED lights in them. This seems really cheesy at first but as the technology evolves, you’ll find that you can do all sorts of things. It’s kind of a way to design your own clothes because you can make the LEDs flash in various shapes or not at all if you so choose. It’s a unique way to express yourself and thanks to celebrities like Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, this is a fashion that’s starting to gain mainstream popularity.

              Wearable techs are everywhere but they’re still kind of new. Over the next couple of decades, we’re going to see a wave of amazing things happen in the world of wearable technology. These are just a few awesome examples of where this is headed!

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              Published on January 18, 2019

              Best 5 Language Learning Apps to Easily Master a New Language

              Best 5 Language Learning Apps to Easily Master a New Language

              Learning a new language is no easy feat. While a language instructor is irreplaceable, language learning apps have come to revolutionize a lot of things and it has made language learning much easier. Compared to language learning websites, apps offer a more interactive experience to learn a new language.

              The following language learning apps are the top recommended apps for your language learning needs:

              1. Duolingo

                Duolingo is a very successful app that merged gamification and language learning. According to Expanded Ramblings, the app now counts with 300 million users.

                Duolingo offers a unique concept, an easy-to-use app and is a great app to accompany your language acquisition journey. The courses are created by native speakers, so this is not data or algorithm-based.

                The app is free and has the upgrade options with Duolingo Plus for $9.99, which are add free lessons. The mobile app offers 25 languages and is popular for English-speaking learners learning other languages.

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                Download the app

                2. HelloTalk

                  HelloTalk aims to facilitate speaking practice and eliminate the stresses of a real-time and life conversation. The app allows users to connect to native speakers and has a WhatsApp like chat that imitates its interface.

                  There is a perk to this app. The same native speakers available also want to make an even exchange and learn your target language, so engagement is the name of the game.

                  What’s more, the app has integrated translation function that bypasses the difficulties of sending a message with a missing word and instead fills in the gap.

                  Download the app

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                  3. Mindsnacks

                    Remember that Duolingo has integrated gamification in language learning? Well, Mindsnacks takes the concept to another level. There is an extensive list of languages available within the app comes with eight to nine games designed to learn grammar, vocabulary listening.

                    You will also be able to visualize your progress since the app integrates monitoring capabilities. The layout and interface is nothing short of enjoyable, cheerful and charming.

                    Download the app

                    4. Busuu

                      Bussu is a social language learning app. It is available on the web, Android, and iOS. It currently supports 12 languages and is free.

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                      The functionality allows users to learn words, simple dialogues and questions related to the conversations. In addition, the dialogues are recorded by native speakers, which brings you close to the language learning experience.

                      When you upgrade, you unlock important features including course materials. The subscription is $17 a month.

                      Download the app

                      5. Babbel

                        Babbel is a subscription-based service founded in 2008. According to LinguaLift, it is a paid cousing of Duolingo. The free version comes with 40 classes, and does not require you to invest any money.

                        Each of the classes starts with with a sequential teaching of vocabulary with the help of pictures. The courses are tailor made and adapted to the students’ level, allowing the learning to be adjusted accordingly.

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                        If you started learning a language and stopped, Babbel will help you pick up where you started.

                        Download the app

                        Takeaways

                        All the apps recommended are tailored for different needs, whether you’re beginning to learn a language or trying to pick back up one. All of them are designed by real-life native speakers and so provide you with a more concrete learning experience.

                        Since these apps are designed to adapt to different kinds of learning styles, do check out which one is the most suitable for you.

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