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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 September 2018

Anti-snoring armband and key-finding tracker: five gadgets that take wearable technology to new heights

These cool digital solutions earned a nomination at the 8th Wearable Technologies World Cup Series this year

Anti-snoring armband by Sleep AI
Anti-snoring armband by Sleep AI

Anti-snoring armband by Sleep AI

The app monitors your snoring and teeth-clenching
The app monitors your snoring and teeth-clenching

People are most likely to snore when they are sleeping on their backs. But a gentle prod to get them to turn on to their sides – without disturbing their sleep – often helps stop the snoring. Sleep AI’s eponymous app is linked to an armband, and upon detecting snoring sounds, it sends a signal to the band, making it vibrate at a gentle enough frequency to cause wearers to turn over but not wake up. The Sleep.ai app also detects bruxism, or unconscious teeth grinding, gnashing or clenching, a condition that can lead to snoring, jaw and dental disorders, and headaches. The technology saves the sound samples, which can then help doctors or dentists to help diagnose chronic snorers or identify those with sleep bruxism.

Life-saving head gear by SmartCap Technologies

Smart Cap is ideal for long-distance drivers
Smart Cap is ideal for long-distance drivers

This fatigue-monitoring smart cap works in tandem with the Life app, which enables users – notably, long-distance drivers – to prevent the onset of “microsleeps”, by providing accurate alertness measurements in real time. Microsleep, or unintended lapses in or loss of attention, is a condition induced by monotonous tasks or brought on by staring continuously in the same direction or at the same object. The app links with a LifeBand that uses predictive EEG, which is a non-invasive sleep-science brainwave technology, to track exhaustion levels, which can be viewed on a “speedometer” style graphic. The app sets off a warning alarm when it detects that the wearer is about to nod off, and also alerts wearers when the band is fitted incorrectly. The headgear is available in the form of a cap, hard hat or beanie that can be attached to the band, which can also be worn by itself. The app has Bluetooth connectivity and adjusts the mobile screen for night and daytime settings.

Track your valuables with Looper

Place the Looper on keys, pets or other valuables
Place the Looper on keys, pets or other valuables

You don’t technically need to wear this gadget on your person, but you can tack it on to valuables – from bags and car keys to kids and pets – that you’re worried about losing or leaving behind. The smartphone app, developed by Idio Creative Works, connects with Looper’s Bluetooth sensor, which is cleverly disguised inside a tassel crafted from Italian leather. If the tracker detects that you’ve strayed too far from the item, both your phone and the device will sound an alarm. To locate items that may be close, yet hidden, you can push the app’s Find It button to activate a ringing sound. Should you happen to leave your belongings behind, you can check the map on the app to find out your Looper’s last location, and even share this with friends. And, if you lose your phone, you can reverse the process and press a button located on the gadget, which will cause your phone to sound out.

Keep an eye on the kids with Wanderwatch

Chat with your kids securely
Chat with your kids securely

This outdoor-play smartwatch for kids has a GPS and Wi-Fi tracking device, and a smart locator to ensure parents know where their kids are at any given point. It also has a protected chat function that enables secure communication, as well as fun features such as a camera, flashlight, colourful screen options, chat doodles and games such as treasure hunts. Parents can preset the watch with a password to set it to “school mode”, which locks down all but the device’s time-telling and GPS-tracking functions. Above all, the deceptively lightweight Wanderwatch is designed with security in mind. All communication data and a child’s whereabouts is encrypted. Even if someone were to get their hands on a parent’s account and password, the app would restrict them from logging in from a different phone.

Brainy bracelet by EJoy

EJoy smart bracelet
EJoy smart bracelet

Made in Italy from Murano glass and Carrara marble, this bracelet incorporates two key functions related to the world of wearable technology: it tracks your health and doubles as a contact point for your smartphone. The former includes such functions as heart rate monitoring, pedometer and calorie counting, while the latter ensures control over your phone, as well as displaying your daily to-do list. It also includes features such as contactless payment and medical data storage solutions for emergencies and health insurance purposes. Available in a range of colours and LED display screens, the EJoy (Emotional Jewelry On You) bracelet was launched at Venice Design Week last year under the smart-jewellery category.

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