#Trending: Playing it safe with wearables

It's time for the wearable guardian angels to arrive in their numbers
Trending: Safety first wearables

People are hungry for more from their wearable devices, and there's an increasing trend of devices that promise to keep you safe.

And that's no accident. According to the wearable technology and the internet of things report, top on the next-gen wearables list was a panic/SOS button beating smartwatches and location trackers to top spot.

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It seems as if Apple might be reading some of the same research. It's decided to add a new SOS mode for the Apple Watch in its watchOS 3 update as we continue to see the emergence of wearable tech to keep us safe. Even when your little ones are out swimming.

With safety wearables set to be a new trend, here are two that are worth checking out and one that still needs some work.

WEAR - Safer by Leaf Wearables

We spoke to Leaf Wearables last year about its smart necklace and its ambition to make 1 million families safer. Safer is now available (in three colours) and promises to send SOS alerts to contacts with a double press on the piece of smart jewellery. It can also share live location details with friend and can navigate you to the nearest hospital and police station. For less than $30, it's a small price to pay for staying safe.

NEARLY THERE - Apple Watch

Apple watchOS 3 is not going to be ready until later this year, but for those who already own an Apple smartwatch and want those panic alarm/safety button features, all that'll will take to get is to download a software update.

If you don't own an Apple Watch, then it's obviously an entirely different story, but the idea of adding the functionality to existing hardware without having to open the wallet is definitely a strategy we can buy into and could make Apple Watch 2 a more appealing purchase.

SQUARE - Smart rings

We've written about two smart rings recently that are putting safety first. The Nimb and Mangos work in a similar way turning the ring face into a button that can send alerts to emergency services and contacts along with location data.

As a wearable form-factor, smart rings face huge challenges. Size, battery life and wearability are all big problems to overcome, and very few smart ring start-ups have actually achieved their goals.

While it's hard to miss that these two smart rings are pretty big and bulky from their campaigns demo videos, the onus is on Nimb and Mangos to succeed where others have failed. The challenge is on.

1 Comment

  • vishnavip96 says:

    I love this! I love that wearables are trending and that more and more people are becoming interested in ensuring their and their loved ones’ safety.

    I see that the three wearables listed are super easy to use and nice to wear. I notice that they have quite a bit in common: they send alerts to loved ones should their user be in danger. GPS trackers and alert systems are really convenient when you feel like you’re in the wrong part of town and want an extra set of eyes looking out for you. But, what if you keep walking and you find yourself face to face with danger. These alerts are great when you have time to spare, but attackers don’t just wait for your loved ones or the police to know where you are. You oftentimes only have minutes, or even less, to find a way to escape the situation, safe and sound.

    In my opinion, personal alarms are perfect for these scenarios! They’re easy to use and they can help the user defend themselves when no one else is around. One amazing personal alarm is ROBOCOPP’s Sound Grenade. It works on land and in water, and it’s high-pitched sound is very effective in deterring potential attackers. I'd also call this a wearable safety device since it clips on easily. It's sasy to use (just a button!) and super affordable (only $20, even cheaper in a family pack!), the Sound Grenade is great for getting you out of unfortunate situations.

    These wearables are nice to have, but personal alarms might help you even more in the face of danger.

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