Form and function
So far, most fashion wearables are just fitness trackers, or have only the most basic functions, but it’s a start. Check out our suggestions for some of the more appealing wearables designed specifically for women.
The Bella Leaf Urban is a truly adorable leaf shaped clip that can live on your wrist, but pretty much anywhere else too! Not only does the Bella Leaf track your activity and sleep, but it also monitors your stress levels. The versatility of this design is intriguing, and has won many fans already.
The Bloom is a sweet little necklace that will hold on to your Misfit Shine for you. The geometric design is elegant, made of stainless steel, and is easily interchangeable with other accessories if needed.
Sleek and shiny, the Mira is a stylish bracelet alternative to the more functional looking fitness bands. This doesn’t skimp on the technology either – download the app for iOS or Android, and you’ll get tailored fitness advice and updates about your energy levels.
Glamfit offers such a wide variety of fitness jewelry that everyone from your niece to your great grandmother will appreciate something from this collection. From charms for your charm bracelet, to necklaces and bracelets, they all offer a full range of activity and sleep tracking tools.
The design of Joule earring backs is incredibly simple. Designed to go with literally anything you want to wear, so long as you want to wear your earrings. Replace any earring backing with the Joule backing and all your physical activity is tracked. Really!
Stressed and Blessed
The easily frazzled among us will love the Caeden Sona, and greatly benefit from the Heart Rate Variability (HRV) metric, which communicates with you about your stress levels throughout the day. Choose from five guided meditations to reduce your stress and improve your focus. This one goes to the top of my wish list.
Vinaya intends to keep you up to speed on your daily activities, but also remind you of the here and now. Set daily mindfulness reminders and track your meditation while syncing your breathing. This one is for the yogi on the move.
For the Truly Luxurious Among Us
Fashion and technology really go head to head in this collaboration between Opening Ceremony and Intel. The MICA is a wearable that with communication capabilites, and will be made of the most luxurious materials: pearls, sapphire, snakeskin, and obsidian to name a few.
Ringly’s designs aren’t just gorgeous pieces of jewelry. In addition to tracking your activity, a Ringly piece will sent subtle vibrations or light patterns when you receive notifications from your favorite apps. Check out their stunning rainbow moonstone bracelets and tourmaline quartz rings.
Functionally sound and stylish, the Helix Cuff is the world’s first wearable with smart wireless Bluetooth headphones. If you’re looking to take it to another level, they offer a 24k gold cuff with a bright poppy colored band.
The Ungaro Ring is designed to keep you in close communication with that one special person. Set up a single contact to receive updates from, and Ungaro will send a gentle vibration whenever a new call or text comes in.
Made from precious metals, the Wise Wear bracelet has your fitness, social life, and safety in mind. With a simple tap, it subtly sends your GPS location and a distress signal to your emergency contacts with a text.
“Wearable personal assistant” Tiya by Viaware helps remind you about the most important tasks in your day to day life. This piece has customizable hardware with interchangeable straps and cases, but also allows you to personalize the alerts you want to receive through the use of keywords and hand picked contact names.
Young at Heart
This one is almost pure fun. Gemio’s thick band houses a panel of LED lights that can change patterns and colors. Gemio will respond to your mood, music, and activity around you as you wear it. If you want to make a quick connection with another Gemio user, tap your bands together and it will exchange your contact info.
Do It All!
You already know it, but the Apple Watch really does it all. A calendar, text message receptacle, waterproof activity monitor, sleep tracker, and more. And yes, it even tells you the time. With so many bands and styles available, this has something for everyone.
The Moto 360 Smartwatch looks deceptively like the face of many other watches, but it has a secret: It sends you incoming call and text notifications straight from your phone. Oh, and it doubles as a fitness tracker to boot!
It can be hard to know what to get people for the holidays, but these trendy wearables are sure to be a hit. Whether you’re shopping for fashionistas, work out gurus, or just something to introduce your mom to the world of wearables, this guide has something for everyone. Knock out some holiday shopping for the tech savvy women in your life.
Not just for gaming: How virtual reality can save PTSD patients
(TECH NEWS) Thanks to its ability to simulate situations safely, virtual reality technologies are proving effective in therapy for PTSD patients.
Over the last year, a great many people have developed a new and sometimes dangerous relationship with a new emotional state, anxiety. I know that personally I’d never had a panic attack in my life until the middle of the pandemic. For many these emotions have taken the form of actual disorders. Actual mental influences which affect everyday life on a large scale. One of the most common forms of which is PTSD.
This disorder has many different aspects and can affect people in a number of different and debilitating ways. Finding treatments for PTSD patients and other anxiety disorders – especially treatments that don’t involve drugging people into oblivion has been difficult.
A lot of these disorders require exposure therapy. Putting people back into similar situations which caused the original trauma so that their brains can adjust to the situation and not get stuck in pain or panic loops. But how do you do that for things like battlefield trauma. You can’t just create situations with gunfire and dead bodies! Or can you?
This is where VR starts coming in. Thanks to the falling cost of VR headsets, noted by The Economist, psychologists are more capable of creating these real world situations that can actually help people adjust to their individual trauma.
One therapist went so far as to compare it to easy access opioids for therapy. This tool is so powerful that of the 20 veterans that they started with, 16 of them no longer qualify for the categories of PTSD. That’s a 75% success rate with an over-the-counter medicine. I can think of antihistamines and painkillers that aren’t that good.
I’ve grown up around PTSD patients. The majority of my family have been in the military. I was even looking at a career before I was denied service. I have enough friends that deal with PTSD issues that I have a list of things I remember not to invite certain people to so as not to trigger it. Any and every tool available that could help people adapt to their trauma is worthwhile.
Tired of email spam? This silly, petty solution might provide vindication
(TECH NEWS) If you struggle to keep your inbox clean thanks to a multitude of emails, the widget “You’ve Got Spam” could provide some petty catharsis.
We’re all spending a lot of time behind our computers and inside of our inboxes these days, so it makes sense that some people—not naming names—might be sick of seeing several unsolicited emails a day from marketers and other unsavory businesses.
While we can’t recommend a mature, adult solution that hasn’t already been beaten to death (looking at you, “inbox zero” crowd), we can recommend a childish one: Signing solicitors up for spam.
If you do decide to go the petty route, “You’ve Got Spam”—a free email widget from MSCHF—has you covered. Upon installing the widget, you can configure it to respond automatically to incoming cold-marketing emails with tons of subscriptions to spam sources, thus resulting in overwhelming the sender with a crowded inbox and cultivating a potentially misplaced sense of catharsis for yourself.
The widget itself is fairly simple: You only need to install it to Gmail from the MSCHF website. The rest is pretty self-explanatory. When you receive an email from a person from whom you can safely assume you’ll never be receiving favors ever again, you can open it and click the “You’ve Got Spam” icon to sign the sender up for spam lists galore.
See? Petty, but effective.
The developer page does fail to make the distinction between the promised “100” subscriptions and the “hundreds of spam subscriptions” discussed on Product Hunt. But one can assume that anyone who dares trespass on the sacred grounds of your squeaky-clean inbox will rue the day they did so regardless of the exact number of cat litter magazine subscriptions they receive.
Of course, actually using something like “You’ve Got Spam” is, realistically, a poor choice. It takes exactly as much effort to type, “We’ll pass – thanks!” as a response to anyone cold-emailing you, and you’re substantially less likely to piss off the actual human being on the other side by doing so. Services like this are heavy on the comedic shock value, but the empathy side tends to lack a discernible presence.
That said, if you absolutely must wreck someone’s day—and inbox—MSCHF’s “You’ve Got Spam” is a pretty ingenious way to do it.
Clubhouse finally made it to Android, but has its time passed?
(TECH NEWS) Social media felt the impact of Clubhouse, but the internet moves fast, and even though it is finally on Android, it’s time may be waning.
Clubhouse finally got an Android release, and while many people clamored for such a thing months ago, others argue that it’s too little, too late.
If you aren’t familiar with Clubhouse, it’s an audio-only “social platform” that encourages discussions through live chat rooms. Users can drop into various rooms and listen to people talk, request the option to chime in, and follow a variety of rooms (or “topics”) to stay engaged over time. Users can even create their own rooms that feature them as speakers.
Clubhouse also has a certain allure to it in that the app requires new users to put their names on a waitlist that creates an “invite-only” culture of exclusivity.
But while iPhone users have had access to Clubhouse since its inception, Android users have been not-so-patiently waiting for their own release—and, now that Clubhouse for Android is available, it may have outstayed its welcome.
Part of the problem is the launch itself. The Android Clubhouse app launched with limited functionality; Android users weren’t able to follow the topics they like, change their account information, and so on. This made the release feel underwhelming, further highlighting Clubhouse’s affinity for Apple users.
A more complicated problem is the prevalence of audio options in other social media services. Slack, for example, recently released their audio-only rooms, and services such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram have placed a spotlight on voice-only mediums of expression.
Initially, Clubhouse was the only app to incorporate audio as a strong central focus, but the ubiquitous fascination with voice-posting has expanded to comprise most major communication platforms. As such, Clubhouse’s sought-after exclusivity is no more—something that was also arguably damaged by expanding to Android.
It should be noted that interest in the app itself is decreasing, and not just on Android. Social Media Today reported that, in March of 2021, Clubhouse downloads were down 72 percent from February’s 9.6 million downloads. The publication also pointed out that difficulty finding rooms was a substantial issue that is unlikely to do anything but worsen with a surge of Android users, necessitating some back-end fixes from the owners.
As it sits, Clubhouse is still very much in use, and Android users are poised to reignite interest as iOS users stagnate. Whether or not that interest will persevere in the current social media ecosystem remains to be seen.
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