Today’s technology comes in all shapes and sizes. From high-powered smartphones to rings that can track every aspect of your sleep, our devices define how we live our lives. Wearable technology is a bit more innovative than handheld gadgets.
That being said, wearable gadgets are a perfect gift for anyone that likes to stay on the cutting edge of things. The Burn-In has rounded up the 10 best wearable tech gifts that you can give someone this holiday season. The list includes the latest smartwatches, smart accessories, and a few truly unique products as well.
Apple Watch Series 6
Apple made smartwatches cool when it launched its first model in 2015. Now, the company is on its sixth-generation smartwatch and things are only getting better. The Apple Watch Series 6 packs a ton of features into a sleek package that looks good on any wrist.
It has the standard fitness tracking features that most smartwatches do alongside more advanced tools like ECG heart monitoring and blood oxygen measuring. The Apple Watch is designed to pair perfectly with the rest of the iOS ecosystem and is an ideal companion for anyone with an iPhone. It also comes in a variety of colors and finishes to match any sense of style.
Although smart rings are still a developing technology, one in particular has made quite the buzz in 2020. The Oura Ring found its way onto the fingers of NBA players during the league’s playoff “bubble” at Walt Disney World. It also made headlines when a university study found that it can be used to predict COVID-19 infections several days before symptoms begin.
At its core, the Oura Ring is designed as a sleep tracking device that helps you live a healthier life. It packs a suite of high-tech sensors into a sleek, elegant ring that can be worn on any finger. The ring measures your temperature, heart rate, and movements to create a complete picture of your health. Then, the company’s algorithms crunch that data and provide you with real-time solutions to make healthier lifestyle choices.
Although the Apple Watch might be a more well-known device, there are plenty of top-tier smartwatches on the market. The new Fitbit Sense is one of them. It launched in September and has been making waves ever since.
It is a health-focused watch with features like ECG heart monitoring, skin temperature measurements, and electrodermal detection that’s designed to indicate when you’re feeling stressed. The Fitbit Sense is a perfect gift for anyone that wants to get more in touch with their health.
What if you could listen to music without ever putting on a pair of headphones? With the Bose Frames, you can. These sunglasses hide a pair of high-quality speakers that beam your music directly to your ears.
At the same time, open-ear technology keeps you aware of your surroundings. That’s ideal when you’re walking along busy streets or running on the road. The Bose Frames don’t just play music, though. They also feature a built-in microphone so that you can take hands-free calls. Thanks to integrations with your phone’s digital assistant, you can control almost every aspect of the smart glasses without lifting a finger.
Although many smart eyewear projects result in glasses that look clunky and weird, the Bose Frames don’t. That’s because Bose has partnered with some of the best designers in the industry to create a product that looks as good as it sounds.
Nurvv Smart Insoles
Running might seem like a sport that doesn’t need much equipment. A good pair of shoes and a GPS watch is really all it takes. However, serious runners know there is much more that goes into the sport than simply running.
A pair of smart insoles from Nurvv breaks down every footstep to elevate your running experience. These proprietary insoles are packed with 32 foot sensors that capture 1,000 data points per second. They monitor things like distance, speed, cadence, balance, foot placement, and pressure to give runners an overview of their stride and performance. Using these insights and the Nurvv app, runners can learn to modify their training to prevent injuries and chase new personal records.
Muse 2 Brainwave Headband
While most wearable devices are designed to get you in touch with your body, the Muse 2 Headband is designed to get you in touch with your mind. It features powerful brainwave sensing technology to give you real-time feedback during meditation and mindfulness exercises.
The headband pairs with your smartphone via Bluetooth and syncs with your meditation session to give you data on how calm you were and how you responded in the moment. From there, you can set goals to help establish a more effective mindfulness habit
Galaxy Watch 3
While the Apple Watch is perfect for iOS users, the Samsung Galaxy Watch is ideal for Android fans. The latest version brings back a number of helpful features while also introducing new ones. One of the biggest perks of the Galaxy Watch 3 is its style. The watch is perfect for anyone that prefers a more classic look.
It also comes with fitness tracking features, ECG monitoring, blood pressure monitoring, and a battery that lasts up to 56 hours on a single charge.
Amazon Echo Buds
There are a ton of options to choose from when looking for a pair of wireless earbuds. Amazon’s new Echo Buds are fairly standard when it comes to audio features. They have a sleek fit and rest comfortably in your ears whether you’re taking a stroll or doing CrossFit.
However, the coolest part of the Echo Buds is their fitness tracking ability. Amazon recently added the feature to its wireless headphones. They can now monitor things like calories burned, pace, and time. Though the Echo Buds won’t replace a smartwatch, they are nice for those workouts when you don’t want an extra piece of tech on your wrist.
Snap Spectacles 3
While Bose Frames bring audio features to a pair of sunglasses, the Spectacles 3 from Snapchat put two cameras on your face. Dual HD sensors view the world at 60 fps and four microphones capture immersive audio. Thanks to the fact that there two cameras, the glasses work with Snapchat’s many 3D effects.
Users can share their photos directly to Snapchat or export them to their smartphone for later viewing. The Spectacles get charged in the included leather charging case and fold flat when they’re not in use.
Garmin Vivomove HR
For those who want smartwatch features without the look, Garmin’s Vivomove HR is a great choice. It looks like an unassuming fashion accessory. However, that face hides several smart features, including heart rate monitoring and notification alerts.
The Vivomove HR lasts up to five days in smart mode but can be turned off to operate like a regular watch for an additional two weeks.