My Favorite Wearables for 2015

by Joe Sesso on December 22, 2015

Whether you are going to be receiving a bunch of gift cards at Christmas, or if you haven’t finished your shopping yet, I wanted to give you a few good ideas of what you could buy with your money. If you are into wearable tech as much as I am, or if you just want to purchase your first wearable device, I’ve provided a list of my favorite wearables of this year as well as how they can help you with fitness, productivity, etc.

  1. The Apple Watch: This is one product that I  believe has lived up to its massive presale hype. It has been great for health and fitness by tracking my workouts, calories burned and heart rate, among other things, but it has also been great for productivity. The Apple Watch The Apple Watch

    I can more easily read and respond to text messages and e-mails from my most important contacts, as well as check-in to my favorite locations. The best feature that I love about this watch is the mapping technology. Yes I said mapping. No, it’s not a shrunken version of the map on your phone. It taps my wrist and shows me exactly when and where I need to turn. Best of all, it links directly from many of my favorite apps, including Open Table. Available in three different versions. Check them out at www.Apple.com.

  2. The Pebble Watch: Can’t afford an Apple Watch? No worries. Try the Pebble Watch (starts at $99). This was the first mainstream smart watch to be released, and I was among the first users of this product in 2013. I wore it everyday for more than two years. Pebble Watches: An affordable and solid option to Apple Pebble Watches: An affordable and solid option to Apple

    Although not as interactive as the Apple Watch, you can still read texts and e-mails, screen calls (and forward to voicemail) and track fitness with one of the third party apps developed for the watch (my favorite is Run Keeper). Best of all is that Pebbles work with both Apple and Android devices. Pebble also has more sleek and expensive versions of their smartwatches. Check them out at www.Pebble.com.

  3. The Leatherman Tread Bracelet: Want to unlock your inner MacGyver but still look really cool? Then this is the product for you.  Leatherman has produced a bracelet for both fashion and function, as this one has 29 built-in tools, including screwdrivers, bottle openers, wrenches and more. This wearable is a true utility. Starts at $165 at www.leatherman.com

 

4. Jawbone UP3 ($179): I liked my UP2 band, but it kept breaking on me. I went through four of them in two years (they were replaced by the company at no charge – they have great customer service), but I was drawn to the UP3 after attending a wearable conference this year. In addition to wireless syncing capability with my phone, it also tracks sleep, calories burned and activity. What I love best about this device is that it has a built-in GSR (Galvanic Skin Response), which is the same technology used in polygraph detectors. Having this technology built into a device can help determine stress levels as well, which plays a huge role in sleep and calories burned. In addition to being one of my favorite things of 2015, it was also one of Oprah’s favorite things this year as well. Check them out at www.Jawbone.com.

The UP3 by Jawbone The UP3 by Jawbone

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