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5 wearable tech gadgets you should know about

Muse: The brain sensing headband
Muse: The brain sensing headband
Matt Terndrup - HackerTrips

Avegant

The Avegant Glyph prototype combines together robust headphones with a virtual reality twist. A video media player is embedded into the frame that can be flipped over the eyes. It contains patented technology that shoots beams of light into the retinas of the user providing a very futuristic type of experience. The product is still in development, but is estimated to be released in 2015.

Muse

Muse is an electroencephalography (EEG) device that senses brain activity in an effort to help the wearer manage stress. The headband hooks up wirelessly to a smartphone or tablet and plays sounds through external headphones based on how active the user’s mind is. Their software development kit gives programmers access to the technology giving them the option to interface the headband with other forms of electronics. Examples include automatic beer pouring robots, brain controlled RC cars, and home automation systems.

Misfit Shine

Misfit Shine is a fitness tracker that can monitor heart rate, steps taken, hours slept, and distances traveled. It can be placed anywhere on the body in specialized necklaces, leather wristbands, socks, and t-shirts that hold the device within hidden compartments. The coin cell battery lasts for up to six months. Graphs and personal data is displayed via a smartphone app.

Epiphany Eyewear

These smart glasses contain a tiny HD camera that can snap photos and record high quality video with a backup cloud storage connection. Inside each of the frames is small microcontroller with up to 32GB’s of internal space. They have a sleek design that looks a lot like a regular pair of glasses but with a whole bunch of added features. The company also has a developer API that allows individuals to create custom applications integrated into the Epiphany Eyewear platform. Already the prototypes are being tested at concerts and live music events giving an inside look into the perspective of a performer.

ArmStar

This wearable technology is built for self-defense and is primarily used by police squads and government entities. The armband contains a laser pointer, an HD video camera, a flashlight, and a stunner. It provides communication tools as well giving officers the ability to call for back up if needed. Consumer models may be marketed in the future.

Muse: The brain sensing headband
Muse: The brain sensing headband Matt Terndrup - HackerTrips

Muse: The brain sensing headband

This EEG headband was spotted a Wearable Tech LA in Pasadena, California during a day long conference that provided an inside look in to upcoming wearable trends. 

Avegant Glyph prototype demo
Avegant Glyph prototype demo Matt Terndrup - HackerTrips

Avegant Glyph prototype demo

These futuristic headphones were previewed at wearable technology conference in Pasadena, California. It has a visual retinal display in the frame of the device that play media files like video, pictures, and presentations. 

Misfit Shine device
Misfit Shine device Matt Terndrup - HackerTrips

Misfit Shine device

The small health monitoring device was seen at a Tech-in-Motion event in Los Angeles, California. It tracks a variety of personal information to help provide insight into fitness trends of the user. 

ArmStar: Wearable self-defense
ArmStar: Wearable self-defense Matt Terndrup - HackerTrips

ArmStar: Wearable self-defense

ArmStar was seen at a wearable technology event in southern California where the CEO demoed the stunner, laser pointer, and HD camera for a crowd of wearable tech enthusiasts during a conference.