IoT Connectivity Markets set to reach $8.9B by 2024

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According to recent market research by MarketsandMarkets, IoT Connectivity Markets are set to reach more than $8.9B by the year 2024. Currently valued at an estimated $3.8B in 2019, the company has forecasted an 18.7% compound rate of annual growth (CAGR) with major factors set to increase the demand for connected devices over time.

North American markets will take the reins, accounting for a majority of growth through 2024.

North America is said to account for the largest market size during the forecasted period of growth. This comes, as the United States continues to be the leader in innovation and digital transformation, placing a high priority on large-scale implementation and enterprise services. Artificial Intelligence (AT) and cloud computing are additional factors, attributing such growth, as they are intimately powered by “The Internet of Things.”

The demand for wireless sensor networks, necessary in creating smart infrastructure, has so-far been a major player in the demand for low-power, wide-area (LPWA) networks in IoT applications. People like to control things in their home. Even more so, they like controlling things at home, while not at home, and find convenience in doing so through the fast-action swipe of their smart phones. The rise in IoT adoption and the advancements, taking place across telecommunications industry, will single-handedly drive sales, as more people learn to trust their personal hand-held device for nearly every aspect of their waking lives.

The World slowly catches up, as new technologies are adopted, connectivity is improved and networks are secured.

As we see more stable and reliable high-speed networks appearing in rural areas across the globe and an overall increase in heightened information security, there will be a dramatic shift in IoT adoption, as it emerges alongside the integration of standalone and non-standalone components, therein. In fact, the Wireless Connectivity markets are expected to reach $95.7B by 2023, alone.

The World is quickly adopting 5G, and major cities have already been implementing plans for faster internet speeds through product integration. Enabling these products with a host of IoT capabilities, we can expect IoT-based services to rise as an immediate factor in the concurrent growth of service-related markets, around the globe.

Additional factors that are said to contribute to the growth of IoT Markets, include:

  • Platform & Service Components
  • The Size of Each Organization
  • Trends in Smart Retail Production
  • Trends in Transportation
  • Connected Health & Devices
  • Smart Manufacturing Processes
  • Smart Energy & Utility Practices
  • Business & Home Automation
  • Additional Factors, Based on Region

All industry verticals are undergoing a huge transformation in a bid to provide affordable, accessible, and quality services to their customers.

Addressing the continued shift in IoT Markets and in meeting the demands of the everyday working-class, we see something similar happening to our modern technologies that we have seen happen throughout the history of electronics. Once upon a time, a 4GB desktop computer went for more than $2K at full market value, and now we see 1TB laptops going for less than $300 during regular sales and/or promotions.

The increasing number of connected devices sold, in addition to the growth of smartphone ownership has significantly, contributed to the demand for IoT-based technologies, as used by early adopters and tech enthusiasts alike. Large multinational corporations have learned ways they can capitalize off of such technologies, whether through location-based incentives or by providing customers with in-store messaging, trading off valuable data in exchange for a rewards or in-store promotion.

More information about the growing IoT Market and 2024 predictions can be found here.

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Rapid Adoption of Wearables Reflects Personality, Loyalty, and Convenience

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In 2016, we will see a sharp influx in the production, delivery, and adoption of IoT technologies and wearables. Here, at Digital Pivot, we have disclosed quite a launches set for later this year. But just how rapidly are these technologies becoming part of our everyday lives?

The NPD Group broke down dollar and unit sales for 2015, analyzing details related to the wearables industry, and came up with some pretty cool insights.

In fact, it seems that we are starting to spend double that of the previous year just to have the top new wearables on the market. As wearables evolve, they are adopting the features we are disappointed our current version is missing. For this, we are okay with buying the product again — just because we need that upgrade. Spoiled, aren’t we? Not so much. It actually goes deeper than this.

As innovation continues to build upon itself, we, as advanced users, seek sophistication in products that we use every day. While we aren’t necessarily looking for complexity, we do like to have a product at our fingertips that brings us little need for outside device utilization. We master products that we love and simply seek more from that point of view.

Once upon a time, we could have a blood pressure cup, radio, camera, and house phone, put it in a bag…call it a day. This is no longer feasible. It is no longer convenient. In fact, when we have too many devices and too many objects, we tend to neglect them, getting less usage out of each on whole. We also tend to lose them more easily. We seek integration.

In 2015, connected activity trackers reflected a 110% increase from 2014, up from an 85% increase from the previous years. The average going price for many wearables has shot up from $96 to $109. We’re also fine with that.

Ben Arnold, Executive Director and Industry Analyst for The NPD Group, states that “This, combined with unit growth, shows that prices aren’t failing to drive demand. Demand is increasing along with rising prices.” As integrations continue and more features are added, it is also the small details that matter the most.

Faced with growing competitive markets, industry leaders are not losing footing as we show loyalty for premier product lines — quicker to adopt their latest model over full-featured entry-level competitors and happy to give up our wallets for a product that we know will meet our everyday needs. Anything else is just a gamble.

We can compare this to MP3 players in the early 2000s and the little impact they made on the iPod and iPad markets. As history repeats itself, loyalists will happily purchase a product based on little change whatsoever and will do this simply because of how the product personifies them.

An alteration in size and a new variety of color options will continue to contribute to our purchasing power. And, yet, we will rush to the store and camp out days prior to the release of a major upgrade. We do this willingly, because we are comfortable in our purchases of new product generations under beloved branding. This has certainly been the case for wearables and trackers that weren’t previously appealing to our senses.

Because personality yields conversation, the growing wearables market has boomed. Product designers are learning that colors are important to attracting potential customers almost as much as product features, shape, and size.

Arnold tells us about this mindset as related to fitness trackers on the current market.

“A confluence of factors has contributed to the growth of connected fitness trackers. Greater awareness of the products is leading to increased interest; new colors and designs have made trackers more appealing. There are more opportunities to buy the products due to increased distribution. The dedicated fitness tracker market will continue to thrive as products evolved to cover a wider range of users’ fitness needs.”

Fitness trackers are being included in the category of smart watches and other wearables. The numbers show that over 33M devices were purchased in the United States alone in 2015. Smart watches, however, have only shown a 13M ownership rate for this same year. This includes a variety of styles, both futuristic and traditional. Many of these purchases were made due to enamored users in need of integration. Many of these results were hindered due to awareness. Product availability was also a factor.

The Apple Watch was released in April of 2015. From there, many knock-off brands took form. Top manufactures such as Samsung then began creating their own versions for Android. Because Apple products are not compatible with Android, users had to wait until later in the year to purchase a smart watch to compliment their current devices.

Stoked that trackers were implemented into many of these smart watch devices and able to be synchronized with their favorite mobile apps, end-of-year results showed a rapid adoption rate of such devices. Purchases are set to soar in 2016. There are users that are loyal to previous devices and opt to use both, comparing results for more accuracy.

While some find no need to adopt such a device, intending only to use fitness trackers during exercise, the rest of the population seems to show interest in adopting smart watch technologies this year. Since the multiple smart watch releases, experts show that there has been an 83% growth amongst consumers in this category, as opposed to a 75% growth for standalone trackers. These numbers are also reflected within other categories of smart devices and wearables. It is expected that the United States will have ownership of over 30M smart watches by the end of 2017 — conservatively speaking.

For this, we wonder what the adoption rate of those smart shoes, aimed for release in September, will be. Those could be the smartest wearables of all time!

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Study Shows Mobile Incentives & Convenience Influence Shopping Habits

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A recent Scanbuy Shopper Survey breaks down how mobile influences consumer shopping behaviors. In fact, numbers say that 89% of consumers actually use their mobile while shopping. A control group of 19K proved that incentives still rock the world of sales.

Consumers showed Scanbury that, as a majority, they prefer mobile couponing. They especially enjoy receiving coupons while on premises at their favorite stores. Receiving coupons upon entry entices the compulsive behavior of each customer and encourages more spending while in the store.

Many times, customers set a bar for how much they can or will spend upon visit. And, because deals aren’t always easy to come by, they end up spending more and going home satisfied through quantity and value. Only 45% of consumers show that they prefer in-store only couponing, as many of consumers shop online.

Because so many of our populations are compulsive shoppers, it isn’t too much of a shock that three out of four consumers who were surveyed actually shopped on their mobile device at least once a month. Fifty-four percent of all users will research a product via smartphone prior to purchase. Conveniently, this includes in-store purchase and mobile shopping alike. Participants were surveyed over a 30-day period.

Brands are benefiting from the obvious sales tactics surrounding these points. However, they are also receiving further insight based upon the personalization mobile shopping can provide. Demographics are clearer; and with over 43% of consumers willing to share their location to receive exclusive offers, they are learning even more from their most die-hard consumers.

“Consumers are using more and more their mobile devices to help them make better shopping decision,” states Maryann Moschides, CMO of Scanbuy. “Brands and retailers that engage with consumers through the mobile phones will best influence in-store purchases, and mobile coupons is the preferred and most effective engagement method. At Scanbuy, we pride ourselves in helping our clients deliver persona, relevant mobile experiences that deliver these results.”


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eMindful, Muse, and Goldie Hawn Team Up to Promote Meditation for Brain Health

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“I understand that maybe you can’t dedicate an hour a day to meditation. But if you can’t even take 20 minutes for yourself to meditate, you’re just letting your ego get in the way.” –Sabir Bey, Host of The Sabir Bey Show.

Most people don’t understand the importance of meditation, especially its importance for clarity, rest, and keeping the mind agile. But meditation is extremely important, especially at a time when we overload our minds with digital insight and allow that same digital platform to continue “thinking” on our behalf. For this, two leaders in meditation technology have teamed up to launch “a national challenge to ease people into mindful living.”

The companies also partnered with the Goldie Hawn Foundation to promote “mindful thinking” to children and educators. A headband created by Muse sets out to motivate people into adopting a better understanding of their minds during meditation.

At the onset of 2016, millions of people have publicly set resolutions to lead healthier lifestyles, and a sound mind is one of the most important elements of the “get healthy” process.

This nationwide initiative is leading a “1% Challenge that encourages people to dedicate at least 1% of their day to improving personal well-being” through mindful meditation. The challenge only takes up 14 minutes of a person’s day and can impact years of their life. This particular program is made up of expert-led “mindfulness sessions,” guiding habits and behavioral changes through sensor-monitoring technology.

Small changes to a person’s behavior have been proven to be more impactful than if a huge change was made at once. For this, many innovators in the tech world have been devising strategies that help bring about good habits and positive change to our populations. This particular movement is aimed at making mindful change through meditation. Meditation is essential to living and highly beneficial to one’s health.

The 1% Challenge has aimed at further impacting the lives of our children by teaming up with the Goldie Hawn Foundation, “an evidence-based curriculum and training program for educators and children” that was founded by the actress in conjunction with researchers, psychologists, and educators in growing a foundation for our future leaders. Together, Muse and eMindful are contributing to MindUp, the foundation’s program, based on participant activity in this program. Not only are participants helping themselves, but they are also helping our youth.

“Massive, redirectional changes are hard to sustain,” said Kelley McCabe, eMindful chief executive officer. “Our 1% Challenge starts with the premise that anyone can improve by taking small steps and building upon them. Over the course of one’s life, that can be transformational.”

Leading and guiding our youth to healthier transformation at a time that their brains are most elastic has the ability to create a more informed, more educated, and more intelligent generation than we have yet to produce in our lifetime. Many of our children have been left behind, but we are seeing the chance to turn around their futures and create a better tomorrow on their behalf.

This headband by Muse monitors brain activity through sensors that have been providing participants with real-time feedback through InteraXon Brain Computer Interface (BCI) technologies. Meshed with eMindful’s suite of evidence-based mindfulness programs, games, and exercises, people are able to improve and shape their health, wellbeing, control of chronic pain, and weight, many of which are all triggered through stress. The program also provides solutions to handling and maintaining stress, which in turn controls other elements taking place within the human body.

This tag team exercises the most important muscle in our body while allowing it to relax. The control we are then given over our minds, bodies, and souls is unprecedented and can save lives.

“For us at Muse we felt that a partnership with eMindful under the context of boosting awareness for meditation and healthy minds made a great deal of sense,” said Derek Luke, Chief Executive Officer of InteraXon, the company that develops Muse.

These technologies have been adopted by employers and health insurers all over the country, as well as by researchers and clinicians at over 100 top hospitals and universities. This speaks volumes for what this technology is doing for meditation and healing. Likewise, it’s something to keep in the back of your mind while shopping for resources in brain health and productivity. Your insurance company might just have your back on this one!

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Pet Care Moves Into the Cloud with PetPace’s Wearables

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Taking pet care to a whole new level, PetPace has released a new mobile app aimed at bringing the cloud to pet care monitoring. A healthcare tool for our furbabies, veterinarians are able to analyze pet health data on-the-go and make sure that critically ill animals are still being cared for around the clock.

Animal care professionals have the power to access an app that stores pet health charts and provides them with ongoing monitoring of temperature and vital signs, allowing real-time communications that include respiration, pulse, activity, positions, pain, calories, and more.

Wearable technologies allow synchronization via pet collars, servicing both dogs and cats as little as eight pounds in size. Furparents can monitor their babies from home or work, providing them just a little additional support and keeping clinics free of unnecessary calls to check up on a pet repeatedly. In fact, there is a much more thorough flow of communication in this manner, which allows clinics to be more productive.

Available on both Android and iOS, this app takes pride in expanding trends in mobile healthcare and wearables to the pet care industry, saving lives as a result.

Real-time alerts will now keep pets even more looked after than ever before. Pet owners will also receive live updates and reports on their pet’s health status. This means that you may actually know more about your own pet — and earlier — than if you were standing in the clinic yourself! There is also a deeper sense of accountability through this monitoring process.

“The Mobile Health revolution, already making great strides in people medicine, is expanding into the veterinary world,” said Dr. Asaf Dagan, DVM, DABVP, and Chief Veterinarian for PetPace. “Veterinarians and caregivers can now be constantly connected to their patients. This not only brings pet healthcare to a whole new level, but also measurably strengthens the bond between veterinarians and their clients,” he concluded.

At high-traffic and short-handed clinics, pet care can become a very difficult task. Vets also have lives outside of the clinic that include necessary sleeping, eating, and showering. Already putting their own lives on “paws” to make sure our babies are healthy and full of life, our favorite vets will now be more productive outside the office and are able remain on-call while spending just a little bit more time with their own families. Thanks, PetPace! That’s definitely something we can shake on!

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Photography Changed Forever: A Bandwagon Even Mr. Walt Disney Would Jump On!

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It seems that 2016 will be far from a boring year. With so many IoT devices hitting the markets, many of us just won’t know how to act. For the photographer still in love with film, this message is especially for you! Set for release in August, we won’t even be able to look at photographs the same again…literally!

Print Apple Live Photos, Vines, GIFs, and more with this Augmented Reality photo AND video printer! For IOS, Android, and GoPro

Originally planning a 2015 release, LifePrint just didn’t “click” with audiences who didn’t quite “get” IoT technology and digital imagery – or what they could potentially bring. An August 2014 Kickstarter campaign proved unsuccessful. But, with the passion and persistence, LifePrint reemerges from the start-up lagoon with just two weeks left to a new campaign, sure to bring drastic change to our world immediately.

Already exceeding funding goals by over 500%, this is definitely happening. At this stage, 785 backers now connect with their vision…a vision that will bring out your inner Joey Lawrence with a big “whoa!” Do you remember when you first heard about the 3D printer? Well, this is nothing like that. This is actually quite earth shattering because it will bring back the art of film and photography, shifting the plateau for audiences who have made it their mission to capture our world for future generations and for those who like to capture their own world for the reminiscence therein.

LifePrint brings back the art of photography with a new way to “photoprint.” Similar to printing a Polaroid, LifePrint combines a special ink and photo paper with the ability to capture video directly to a still photograph. With photos ranging from 40 to 50 cents each, enthusiasts will be able to send videos through the mail and yet have a quality print to store in their photo albums. This is more than just digitally embedding a video into our photography.

Combining the digital realm with the physical manifestation of our “augmented reality,” we can now literally print action in motion while on the go. A portable printer can accompany your journey, joining you at the size of a bulky smartphone and fitting into your back pocket. Boy, oh, boy! If only Mr. Walt Disney were here to see this! Yeah, he would definitely have a LifePrint!

What makes LifePrint so special is its ability to not only capture motion and allow you to share it across the world, but it also allows you to apply filters to your photos while in-app, edit your videos before printing, and print directly from your GoPro device! LifePrint has the ability to import our social streams to more easily benefit our photo and video-printing needs. Instagram and Vine will never be the same! With the ability to print GIFs directly to stock, this just might change the face of card-giving – forever!

“Rich colors… high gloss… warm tones… brighter whites… sharper detail…” This printer is the photographer’s dream, and many of us will be glued to our seats, peeing our pants awaiting it!

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LG Enhances the Home Environment: Another Shift in Smartviewing

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All major tech companies are predicting the shift toward all-in-one systems, centralizing productivity and integration for 2016. In short, consumers are getting tired of switching between devices, screens, and applications. Apparently, this is no different in their entertainment choices, as it is in their everyday work environment.

LG is getting ready to unveil the newest version of their popular webOS Smart TV System at the CES 2016 – the prestigious International Consumer Electronics Show. This Las Vas event takes place each January. So, this will unfortunately not end up under any Christmas trees this year.

The folks at “Life’s Good” have obviously been listening to their customers. They seem to have gotten it right and jam-packed everything our evolving needs seek into a television set. An updated version of an existing webOS model will feature enhanced mobile connectivity, remote features, and expanded content options. Far from the one-channel days of rabbit ears and aluminum foil, LG is, yet again, reinventing the wheel. In 2016, consumers will be introduced to LG’s webOS 3.0.

Electronics companies have always sought ways to eliminate wires and unnecessary devices as part of their duty to keep the home looking nice and remain accident-free. In 2016, LG’s loyal consumer base will now be able to ditch their Roku, as part of webOS’ new feature lineup — well, maybe not the Roku, But, users will find that streaming channels have been added to their smartTV platform.

In fact, LG has strategically partnered with Xumo to deliver Channel Plus features that provide tons of high-quality content at no additional charge. This includes content from big names, such as Bloomberg, TIME, and even The Wall Street Journal. New media companies, such as BuzzFeed and PopSugar, also appear on this lineup.

Not only will users be able to expand their horizons with an extended selection of streaming channels, they will continue to have access to live broadcast television and now wireless access to external media devices.

LG intends on – literally – bringing “magic” to the homes of millions with their new release. While there are no tricks and no gimmicks involved, LG has integrated three new smartTV features into their upgraded webOS 3 model: Magic Zoom, Magic Mobile connection, and an upgraded Magic Remote, which allows users to control most entertainment devices with a single remote.

Since the days of black and white, television manufacturers have been in the marketplace to compete in becoming known as the first to deliver cutting-edge clarity, vibrant color, and less pixilation than the previous release. LG’s Magic Zoom allows users to magnify their television set, zooming in and out of the screen to better view objects and letters without loss in picture quality. This includes the clarity in magnifying what is seen on their mobile device, as they project it directly to the big screen in front of themselves through LG’s Magic Mobile connection.

A proud accomplishment, LG has been crowned with the 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award, which means that efficiencies in productivity will also be mirrored through efficiencies in energy conservation – and, in turn, your wallet! This new release may just be worth the investment.

Committed to improving the lives of their customers, LG will also update previous features that their loyal customers have grown to love.

  • The Channel Advisor delivers suggestions based on in-home audience viewing patterns and reminders of frequently watched programming.
  • Multi-View will continue to allow users to watch two channel sources at once, meaning that ladies can watch Lifetime while the big game is on – and still cuddle up with their significant other.
  • Music Player app will allow users to continue playing music through the webOS 3.0 speakers – even when the TV is off.
  • My Channels and Live Menus have sub-features that foster easy access to information on favorite programming without interfering with current viewing experiences.
  • An IoTV app that allows on-screen control of connected smart home appliances, acting as a control center for LG-affiliated product lines – in addition to a list of compatible iOTV manufacturers. 

While it seems that there isn’t a whole lot involved in this new release that we haven’t seen somewhere already, it is indeed a breakthrough product – combining everything we love in electronics into just one device.

Whether we are trying to show off our baby’s picture to our families during Christmastime or we forgot to turn on our security systems before bed, we will now be able to do so much more seamlessly – and with less cords in our way. Imagine a world where yours can be controlled with just one click. In that world, life is definitely good!

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Turn Your Hamburger Into A Cell Phone

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Seeed, a hardware innovation platform, is preparing for its newest release to date, allowing the everyday enthusiast to create their own phone from the inside out. With the RePhone Kit, the world is introduced to the first open source and modular smartphone technology. In just minutes, users will have access to “slim modules, accessible software and customizable phone enclosures.” Well, that is if one chooses to actually use the precut phone enclosures. There are, of course, other options.

Seeed Studio’s RePhone allows users to turn literally anything into a mobile device. If you remember the ’80s and ’90s, you have inspiration to do so. If you have a more creative imagination, there really is no limit, and you can become your own James Bond in the making. There are several tools included in each kit that allow for the non-inclusion of GPS and any other feature that one would usually turn off for privacy reasons.

All RePhone GSM and Bluetooth tools include the world’s smallest System-on-Chip (SOC), used in Wearables. Supporting quad-band speeds, they can be plugged into any GSM network with 2G nano SIM cards. Core Module 3G devices support audio interfacing, as well as USB input. All standalone components are also attachable to touch screens and sensors. For users who are not trained in soldering or breakboarding, there are options for connection devices with conductive sewing thread and easy-to-use pluggable cables. The enclosure “Kraft Paper” materials protect the inside from normal wear-and-tear of mobile devices. The kraft paper can be sewn and washed and is easy to draw on.

Coming in various shapes and sizes, this kraft paper is fully customizable, but not necessary for a device enclosure. In fact, any surface enclosure can be used — a dog collar, a sneaker, a rubber ducky. The choice is yours. Just as the enclosure is totally your own, the software itself is also fully customizable and can be programmed to the logical settings that please your innermost techie. Software builds can be created by users and shared amongst the culture created by this new device. It could quite possibly replace the Apple Watch amongst tech enthusiasts worldwide. This is the perfect device for law enforcement, corporate spies, and private investigators. This product can make lives efficient and allow for more lives to be saved in the process. 

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Smart, Sexy, and Powerful: Introducing the Smart Bracelet

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Forget wearable watches by Apple. They’re a done deal, and it might be a good thing.

Elegance, flair, and pheromones for the tech world are soon to be unleashed in the form of Eyecatcher by Looksee Labs. Gaining popularity on Kickstarter, this developer is currently raising 224% over the proposed need of $75K. They only have 36 days left in the campaign and still have the potential to reach a “stretch goal” of $250K. Meeting this goal will mean that it will be available on Android as well as on the iPhone. The iPhone was the first choice for the developer.

​Eyecatcher reminds us that “smart and sexy is a powerful combination.” Without the need to recharge often, one will wonder if it needs any power at all. As a matter of fact, the rechargeable battery is said to last up to one year on a single charge. This means there will never be another excuse of a “dead battery.” Ladies, we know what your boyfriends will be getting this Christmas. Yes, this bracelet could be dangerous!

For the ladies, the developer has created two bangle watches. There is an option of a thin, white bronze or a thicker sterling silver design. For the men, the flexible, stainless steel, form-fitting bracelet is the only option. The good news is that all watch-bracelets are purely customizable. In fact, Looksee Labs promotes it as “A smart bracelet that fuses art, fashion and technology by displaying custom images, slideshows, app-notifications and breaking news.” Somehow this doesn’t seem to quite sum it up. This watch is a game changer and a powerhouse for fashion. On top of that, they’re waterproof. You can’t go wrong when technology is waterproof.

As customizable as this product is, you will be snapping pictures of your clothing in no time. Your outfits will coordinate perfectly with your watch face. Bluetooth Low Energy file and app sharing allows for your watch face to be customized to implement accessibility, productivity, and easy access to your every day life.

Each device can be programmed to receive all text messages or specific text messages. Get up-to-the-minute breaking news and sports scores without digging out your phone and searching for it. Done subtly, you won’t become distracting or offensive to clientele at your next meeting. By the way, Eyecatcher is the only reason you remembered you had scheduled that.

Supporting a healthy lifestyle, this device tracks your daily activity as well. Live GPS feeds will allow you to see the terrain and a live map, which makes things a whole heck of a lot easier for the biker or walker going to a new location for the first time ever.

A large 5”, always-on display will not dim. You won’t have to click or swipe anything. There is built-in memory for slideshows. There are expansion slots. And this device will sync with your mobile device. This ensures that text messages, stock notifications, and even calls will be displayed on your wrist for quick glances and catching your attention. A true friendship bracelet, social sharing is made possible through push notifications to other Eyecatcher owners that you are connected to.

Ranging from $400 to $700 a device, not everyone will be so quick to purchase this device. It comes out on markets next April, so enthusiasts have time to save up, although getting it now through pre-order will save them a killing in the long run.

For users with an active lifestyle, it will be interesting to see how many times these watches will need to be repaired, as one crashes, bangs their wrist, and goes through a series of other indirect self-abuses on a daily basis. Just how much impact will it take to cause damage? Because this product uses bronze and stainless steel, it can be assumed that it’s pretty resistant to impact and even heat. Because the bracelets are somewhat flexible, it is also less likely that the screen will crack easily.

Could this be the gadget we have all been waiting for? I really don’t want wait until April to find out! What about you?

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