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7 Pieces Of Stunning Wearable Tech You Didn’t Know Existed

7 Pieces Of Stunning Wearable Tech You Didn’t Know Existed

With Apple diving into the wearable tech industry with the Apple Watch, truly portable technology is an exploding topic. While several different companies offer watches that sync with your smart phone, almost all of them provide similar perks. Additionally, the better known wearable tech pieces look nearly identical. While smart watches certainly offer convenience, some consumers are still searching for wearable tech with revolutionary functions and an original look. If smart watches haven’t grasped your imagination, these incredible pieces of wearable tech might be the answer.

1. The MOTA SmartRing

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    This impressive piece of wearable tech is a simple alternative to smart watches. the MOTA SmartRing is a minimalist notifications hub that pairs with both iOS and Android. This impressive device seamlessly brings you your texts, emails, calendar events and calls, plus can sync with your Facebook and Twitter notifications. The ring vibrates, and you can even set custom patterns for individual contacts. Currently in development and priced at $145 for two rings via IndieGoGo, this ring is a functional alternative for those who want a less intrusive piece of wearable tech.

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    2. Glance

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      Glance is a groundbreaking piece of new wearable tech, that promises to turn any watch into a smart watch. A small wristband prototype, this ingenious device sits comfortably behind a regular watch, essentially turning any watch or bracelet into a smart watch. The device lets users know when they recieve a text or call, can track gps movements and functions as a tv remote. Not only that, Kickstarter fans can recieve a Glance unit for $60, plus Glance is waterproof and can track your steps. This impressive device also lasts up to a week without charging and may offer the style conscious a real alternative to repetitive, clunky smart watch designs.

      3. Smart Hoodie

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        This original take on wearable tech makes sending a text a breeze. Users can program movements to correspond with contacts, allowing you to communicate instantly without grabbing your phone. Though this hoodie is still in development with no price estimate, the company vows to finish the product soon.

        4. Nod Bluetooth Ring

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          This tiny addition to the wearable tech market makes up in power what it lacks in size. The ring will be able to control smart phones, home appliances, as well as write texts by drawing letters in the air. This ring pairs with a huge assortment of devices, making the Nod Bluetooth Ring a potent contender. This device is currently on pre-order for $149.

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          5. Dash Headphones

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            Another impressive piece of wearable tech from Kickstarter are Dash headphones. These Bluetooth wireless headphones not only play music from your smart phone, they function as a powerful workout assistant. Measuring heart rate, number of steps and calories burned, these forward thinking headphones are both discreet and functional. Also available in white, Dash Headphones are currently available to pre-order for $299.

            6. Google Contact Lens

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              This impressive minuscule device is another foray by Google into wearable tech. This time with a bigger focus on health, the Google contact lens could potentially monitor a wearer’s blood glucose levels through their tears. This could have gigantic implications for those suffering from diabetes, though this impressive addition to the wearable tech market is still in development.

              7. Deka Arm

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                Though not intended for everyday wearable tech enthusiasts, the Deka arm is an impressive step forward towards true bionic limbs. Nicknamed Luke after the Star Wars character, the Deka arm interprets signals from muscle fibers in the wearers arm, bringing greater mobility to those with missing limbs. So far, the arm is able to manage ten basic movements and doesn’t have an estimated price, but speaks to how impressive future gains in bionic limbs will be.

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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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