No one wants to be the person who leaves their phone on the table at a dinner party, but we’ve all been there. We want to stay connected and know what’s going on in our online world, even when we’re supposed to be disconnected and engaging in our offline world. What if your sister’s expecting a baby? What about when you’re waiting for your nephew to land at the airport so you can meet him at your house at the right time? You want to see all your smartphone notifications come through, but want to stay engaged with your friends, family, and colleagues in person.
Well guess what? It turns out a LOT of people have this same problem and a handful of innovators have set out to solve it. With the popularity of physical activity trackers (Jawbone UP, Nike+ Fuel Band, FitBit, etc) on the rise and release of Google Glass, it seems that wearable technology actually stands a chance. We’re becoming used to wearing objects that carry information. Plus, if the rumors are true and Apple gets on this bandwagon in the form of an iWatch, then we’re definitely onto something!
Now without further ado, here are 3 wearable gadgets that let you stay disconnected while still being connected.
1. Pebble ($150): We’ll start with the oldest kid on the smartphone watch block, Pebble. Can you believe it’s almost been a year since Pebble launched their Kickstarter campaign?! The Pebble connects to iPhone and Android phones using Bluetooth, alerting you with a silent vibration to incoming calls, emails, and messages. The display is made using e-ink, meaning it’s readable in bright light and doesn’t light up your face every time you want to check out what’s going on.
With an army of apps that let you track cycling and running, music, and gorgeous options for watchfaces, it is sleek, customizable, and we can’t wait for ours to arrive!
2. MetaWatch ($179-$199): Out of the options, this one might be our favorite in terms of both fashion and functionality. Each of the styles works with Android and iPhone and features multiple watchface options, caller ID, SMS, email, calendar, and social media notifications. You can control music via Bluetooth and soon you can even monitor cycling and running!
3. EMBRACE+ ($49): Part of our recent Kickstarter roundup, EMBRACE+ is a slightly different take on the notification watch. Instead of acting as a watch, it’s simply a colored bracelet (similar in style to a FitBit) that lights up when receive calls, texts, email, notifications from Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Linked In, as well as calendar alerts, an alarm and timer, and more. Use the color wheel to designate a different color for each notification and be an instant walking light show wherever you go! This one works with iPhone and Android.
Would you wear any of these watches or wristbands? How do you feel about receiving notifications even when your phone stays in your bag or purse? Totally useful or too much connectivity? Talk to us in the comments below.