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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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                Last Updated on May 14, 2019

                8 Replacements for Google Notebook

                8 Replacements for Google Notebook

                Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

                1. Zoho Notebook
                  If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
                2. Evernote
                  The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
                3. Net Notes
                  If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
                4. i-Lighter
                  You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
                5. Clipmarks
                  For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
                6. UberNote
                  If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
                7. iLeonardo
                  iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
                8. Zotero
                  Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

                I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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                In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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