Photos: The 11 best wearables for business professionals
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1. Smart Buckle
Connected, wearable devices can help professionals boost their health and productivity by monitoring nearly everything.
Want to jump on the fitness tracker bandwagon, but don’t want to give up your favorite watch? The Smart Buckle aims to give you the best of both worlds. It latches to over 500 brands of watches, and then tracks your activity and sleep. Wearers can track their data in the connected app.
2. MyKronoz ZeTime
Dubbed the first hybrid smartwatch, the MyKronoz ZeTIme combines the touchscreen of smart devices with the mechanical hands of the classic watch.
3. Apple Watch
The Apple Watch comes recommended by several business professionals. By tying an iPhone to the smartwatch, professionals can stay connected and track their activity at all times.
4. Samsung C-Lab Sgnl
Sgnl may not help track your steps, but the smart strap basically turns a hand into a phone. The strap connects with a smartwatch, and the user puts their finger to their ear when they want to be on the phone.
5. Omron blood pressure watch
For business professionals concerned with high blood pressure-especially those in high-stress industries-Omron’s Project Zero 2.0 Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor tracks it and connects with its app for the user to view. The monitor also measures sleep and activity. One caveat: The monitor hasn’t received FDA clearance yet, and won’t be available for purchase until it does.
For professionals who don’t like the look of the typical fitness tracker or want to wear a regular watch, the Motiv fitness ring might be a good option. The rings track sleep, heart rate, and activity, but are smaller. With a brushed metal look, Motiv might be a more stylish option as well.
7. Nokia Steel
Speaking of style, the Nokia Steel has the look of an analog watch with the features of a smartwatch. The Steel tracks your activity, syncs it to a smartphone app, which then offers personalized coaching.
Using biometric vein recognition, the Biowatch can act as a password manager, ID, and work badge. When the user wears the watch and is in proximity to their device, they’ll be able to unlock it without a password. The watch was showcased at CES 2018, but doesn’t appear to be ready for purchase.
Airo is a wearable focused on mental health. The device notices when the user is getting anxious, sending an alert to the user’s smartphone and gives them ways to calm down.
While not a wearable that someone would wear daily, the Proxfinity is a lanyard badge users can wear at networking events to ensure they’re maximizing their time and getting out of their comfort zone. The badge collects data on who the wearer talked to, and suggests next steps for future collaboration with matches.
Have a bad habit, like biting your nails? Keen helps people break those habits by sensing when they’re performing the action and vibrating to alert the wearer so they know to stop.
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