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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!

              Featured photo credit: ECouterre via ecouterre.com

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              Published on September 20, 2018

              11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

              11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

              In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

              Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

              In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

              Minimizing Tabs

              Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

              Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

              Incognito Mode

              Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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              1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
              2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
              3. Download extension New Incognito Window

              This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

              Save Webpages as PDF Files

              Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

              Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

              Open Recently-closed Tabs

              Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

              One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

              The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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              Solve Mathematical Problems

              Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

              For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

              Play Media Files

              Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

              In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

              Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

              With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

              Stay Focus(e)d

              Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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              Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

              With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

              This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

              Grammarly for Editing

              Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

              You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

              Loom

              There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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              There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

              With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

              Chrome Calendar Extension

              No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

              Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

              Final Thoughts

              Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

              Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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