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Cool new wearables unveiled at CES 2016

Last week I shared about some of the new computers that were unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month. I have to admit, though, that some of these new wearables have me a lot more excited. 

As entrepreneurs, I think we're a breed that is generally fascinated by ideas and the realm of possibilities that new ideas present. These new wearables certainly present a whole new scope of possibilities for everything from how we monitor our personal health to how we improve our overall performance.

And so, without further ado...

Check out this year's new wearables:

Just about everyone I know sports their immediately recognizable Fitbit on a daily basis to track their health and keep them on target to reach their fitness goals. But what about those who would love to utilize the benefits of a sleep and activity tracker but want something more stylish? The Misfit Ray seems to be the answer. The Ray offers both bracelet and necklace options that look more like designer jewelry than activity trackers. The Ray is powered by button cell batteries, so no charging is required, but you'll have to remember to change them every six months.

Another take on mixing fashion with fitness enhancement, is Samsung's Welt (the name comes from a mashup of its description: wellness belt). Aside from the name, which seems like a misstep, the concept is cool. Most men I know wear a belt on a daily basis, so Samsung was right on when they decided to use this fashion staple as a means of helping people understand their overall health. It tracks waist size, eating habits, and steps taken and works in tandem with an app to create a customized health and diet plan.

Other fitness trackers that were noteworthy were Under Armour's smart shoe, the SpeedForm Gemini 2, and its HealthBox, which comes with a multitude of devices that help the user track his or her lifestyle choices. OMSignal introduced a smart bra that measures biometrics and makes performance-enhancing suggestions via an app.



Wearable Experiments and NAS Holdings unveiled smart tights that are designed to help yoga practitioners perfect their form. Nadi uses haptic vibrations to alert its wearer when they need to adjust their hold in order to perfect their form. 




The only infant wearable introduced was Temp Traq. This soft disposable patch sticks on baby's torso for 24 hours and allows caregivers to have a constant measurement of temperature during that time. Like most of the other wearables, it works with smart phones, so not only can caregivers monitor their child's temperature remotely, but also they can receive alerts when the child's temperature spikes to an alarming level.


This last batch of wearables is especially exciting to me, being that not only am I a woman but also I'm a mother of three. Wisewear introduced a series of smart jewelry that does the typical activity tracking that is trending currently, but the coolest thing about Wisewear is its distress messaging function. In the event of an urgent situation, wearers can send a distress signal to the people they choose (including the authorities), along with their geolocation and sound/video recording of their surroundings.