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The evolution of technology has progressed to the point that you can now wear your tech in a variety of interesting ways. Whether you want to play James Bond or need extra light while you build your computer these wearable gadgets bring innovation to a whole new level.
The iPod Nano has come a long way from the days when it just played music in a pocket-sized device. The current 6th generation of iPod Nano's still play music, but they do it with a multi-touch display, a screen you can customise, and the capability to browse your collection of music any way you like. The iPod Nano also features apps that help you keep your fitness in check, clock faces that allow you to wear it as a watch, access to the iTunes store, and the ability to listen to fm radio. That's a lot of power packed into a 1.54 inch square. The price starts at $129.
The i'm Watch claims itself to be the world's first real smartwatch and this Italian creation offers style and function. The device hooks up with all major smartphone operating systems via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to allow users to make and receive calls as well as read text messages and emails. The watch even provides users with access to the i'm Watch i' market, which is giving developers room to create new apps specifically for its platform. Stock apps that come with the device include Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, weather, music and photos. The i'm Watch starts around $391.00 and will be available in early 2012.
Headphone jackets may be one of the more ridiculous ways to wear technology. These hoodies from hoodiebuddie want to be the ultimate iPod or iPhone accessory by allowing your jacket to double as your earbuds as well. The jackets certainly offer function for the person who is always forgetting their headphones or who wants to listen to their music in a more conspicuous manner. The drawback? People may think you look odd having your drawstrings connected to your ears. You can get one of these starting at $32.00.
This watch allows you to curtail the need to go digging through your purse or searching for your phone when you hear it ringing. Always know who's calling with this Bluetooth watch with a caller ID display. The watch notifies you of an incoming call by producing a vibrating sensation and showing the callers name or number on the display. When you receive a text message the watch will vibrate and show a text alert icon. Mute your phone or reject a call by pressing a button on the side of the watch. You can purchase the watch at ThinkGeek for $59.99.
UP by Jawbone was buzzed about as the must-have health and fitness gadget of 2011 for many in the tech blogosphere. UP by Jawbone is composed of a wristband that syncs with an an app on your iPhone, iPad, and even iPod to inspire you to live healthier. The hi-tech wristband uses motion sensors that detect movement and algorithms to chart your sleep patterns and wake you up at the best moment during your natural sleep cycle. You can use the UP app to track your food habits by keeping a food journal of all of your meals. To ensure you stay productive, you can program the wristband to give you a gentle reminder to move every now and then by setting it to vibrate if you haven't moved in a while. If you feel like sharing your progress, the app allows you to share your charts on your social networking sites. You can purchase UP by Jawbone for $99.99.
Note: A lot of people reported problems with their UP, and Jawbone is offering full refunds.
The SpyNet Night vision Mission Video Watch is full of features that let you play out all of your spy fantasies. The watch can be set to a range of different modes that let you record up to 20 minutes of video, 4 hours of audio, and take up to 2,000 pictures. When you are done with your mission or want to be discreet, you can revert back to time mode. The watch also features an alarm mode, timer mode, stopwatch mode, as well as an elusive secrets mode, missions mode, games mode, and spy mode. The watch comes with a USB connector and can be purchased from ThinkGeek for $49.99.
If you have a need for more light at your fingertips while you build a computer or handle wires in dark spaces then these LED work gloves may be the solution you have been looking for. The gloves, which run in sizes S-XL feature one LED light with four attachment points on each glove. You can purchase these LED gloves for $14.99 at ThinkGeek.
Keep your flash drive with you everywhere you go with this USB hidden flash drive watch. The watch features an 8GB USB flash drive that fits neatly into a watch case built into the strap. You can buy the watch for $49.99 at ThinkGeek.
There have been rumours for some time now that Google is working on a prototype of hi-tech glasses that will include Internet connectivity and GPS technology. The glasses supposedly would provide information about the person wearing the glasses back to their smartphone. The technology sounds interesting but for now the details on such gadgets are sparse and it remains just a rumour.
MOTOACTV from Motorola may look like a watch at first glance, but it goes way beyond the watch call of duty. In fact, with this device, time is an afterthought as the laundry list of features packed into then sweat proof touch screen GPS fitness tracker and smart MP3 player. The MOTOACTV GPS fitness tracker will track your running, walking, and cycling performance by offering figures on the time, distance, speed, heart rate, and the number of calories you burned during your workout. It also comes with a smart MP3 player that syncs with your iTunes or Windows Media Player and will track what songs boost your performance during a workout and then create a playlist for you.The display will automatically adjust to different lighting conditions and wireless connectivity can transfer data from your workout straight to your MOTOACTV training portal app. MOTOACTV, with it's extensive list of features plus a free wristband is yours for $249.99.