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Tech

By Susan Schreiner

C 4 T R E N DS

Wearables Enhancing Lives

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earables are delivering new solutions that integrate
easily into consumer lifestyles. These devices use
embedded technology that are worn rather than carried and are often considered a subset of the Internet of Things
(IoT) category. As of 2017, 127 IoT devices were connecting to
the internet every second, and Business Insider estimates it will
rise to more than 64 billion IoT devices worldwide by 2025.
The global market for wearable devices is forecast to reach 222.9 million units in 2019, growing to 302.3
million units in 2023 according to International Data Corp.'s (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device
Tracker. As wearables expand, new revenue opportunities are emerging, as well as greater efficiencies
for consumers. Here are a few examples.

AfterShokz headphones allow
athletes to enjoy their favorite
music while working out.

1. Wearable Tech Form Factors
New materials are changing the form factors
of wearables. BeBop Sensors is creating
wearable smart fabric sensor solutions for
OEMs and brands. Its wearable technology is
enhancing training and simulations, as well as
applications including virtual reality, gaming,
automotive, industrial and health. This smart
sensor fabric is transforming clothing, shoe

insoles and helmets by being able to understand force, location, size, weight and the
shape of impacts. It's also capturing data for
actionable insights and interventions.
BeBop Senors' Forte Wireless Data Glove
is the first affordable one-size-fits-all wireless data glove that incorporates haptics
and super accurate rapid sensing for

15-hours of wireless use. Keith McMillen,
BeBop founder and CEO says, "We're finding
that data gloves are useful for more
immersive experiences as well as training
and education." He adds, "There's a lot of
useful data we can get from this glove with
our one-to-one mapping of your hands
and environment."

LTE-enabled Gear S3 smartwatches with a
built-in speaker and microphone to stay connected while away from their desks, enabling
hands-free interactions with customers. A
cloud-based Gear S3 application with preset
text messages allows employees to send
requests to colleagues.
Audio for Sports: People want to live
healthier lifestyles, and AfterShokz headphones with its proprietary audio bone conduction technology makes it a favorite for
runners, bikers, athletes and fitness enthusiasts. AfterShokz recently introduced its
Aeropex open ear listening headphones,

with its bone conduction technology. This
technology transmits audio waves to the
inner ears through the skull. The headphones sit on the cheekbones, leaving ear
canals unobstructed and allowing users to
remain aware of ambient sounds, teammates, coaches and training partners while
enjoying their music. Aeropex Bluetooth
connectivity also eliminates wires, using
dual noise-cancelling mics that exclude
surrounding noise, and allow users to make
and receive crystal clear phone calls. The
device has a sleek compact design and is
durable and waterproof.

Electromagnetic Fields (PEMF) device works at
the cellular level at the source of pain instead of
masking symptoms. It accelerates the body's
natural anti-inflammatory response, speeds tissue recovery, increases circulation and improves
mobility by repairing injured cells to relieve

minor to chronic pain, muscle recovery, joint pain
and muscle stiffness without drugs. The Oska
Pulse is FDA registered. New wearables are
reshaping consumer experiences from leisure activities to solving problems in health
tech, enterprise and vertical markets.

Smartwatches and ear-worn devices will
account for more than 70% of all wearable
shipments by 2023, according to IDC.
Smartwatches: "Close to half of all
watches will connect to a cellular network by
2023," says Jitesh Ubrani, research manager
for IDC's Mobile Device Trackers.
Smartwatches as health tech wearables give
consumers a real-time glimpse into their
health information. While Samsung's Galaxy
smartwatch is a lifestyle and wellness product, Samsung is also piloting a device with
HSBC Bank in its flagship retail "branch of the
future" in New York City. Staff use 4G

3. Pain Reduction without Meds
The opioid crisis is generating awareness of the
easy availability of painkillers. In response,
tech companies are developing drug-free
methods for pain management. Enter Oska
Wellness with its Oska Pulse, a non-invasive
wearable for pain management. This Pulsed
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From Top: Courtesy of AfterShokz, Courtesy of BeBop Sensors, Courtesy of AfterShokz, Courtesy of Oska Wellness.

2. Smartwatches and Audio Devices

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