Gibi GPS Pet Collar
What do you get when two sisters – one a telecommunications engineer, the other a service dog trainer – combine creative forces? You get Gibi, a GPS and Bluetooth enabled pet collar that, with a compatible app, allows you to track the location of the cutest member of the family. Gibi’s smooth, sleek, and durable, able to withstand water, mud, and just about anything else your furry friend can get into.
Google made a tech splash a year ago when it made a small number of Google Glass available to “ambassadors” to wear and test. The ultra-smart frames are now available to the general public in a number of chic styles. Able to execute every function “the real” Google performs – as well as the offerings of third-party apps – Glass makes “see it to believe it” an instant reality. Coupling next-generation technology with aesthetic appeal, Glass’ frames, shades, and accessories are fully customizable.
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When GoPro launched in 2002, the outside-the-box company’s mountable, waterproof video cameras were a natural fit with action sports. Flash forward 13 years, and investments in wearable technology are at an all time high – $1.4B in 2014 to be exact. GoPro has prompted the lion’s share of that investment, raising $500m after their IPO in July. The company’s success was always predicated on the advancement of their product line; with the HERO4 that advancement has been refreshed. The HERO4 shoots ultra high-resolution 1080p video, offers double the image quality of previous GoPro products, captures high-quality photos, and has built-in WiFi and Bluetooth. No longer solely an action sports star’s best friend, GoPro is a pocket-sized camcorder for the masses.
Hexoskin Starter Kit
Named top company at the 2013 Wearable Tech Expo in Los Angeles, Montreal-based Hexoskin expanded to San Francisco last spring and promptly received more accolades, being named the “Most Innovative Consumer Health Product” at Interface 2014. Hexoskin aims to provide better, more affordable health and fitness services using their 100 percent textile biometric clothing to capture body metrics that include heart rate, breathing rate, and acceleration. Using WiFi and Bluetooth technology, their sensor-heavy clothing transmits results directly to your app and online dashboard.
Billing itself as “the most advanced activity tracker known to man,” the Jawbone UP3 has set the bar awfully high. So does it measure up? With state-of-the-art sensors that provide a full health assessment––breaking down diet, sleep patterns, activity level, and more–– and its ultra-compact size packed with a full week of battery life, Jawbone UP3 will have you second-guessing your worst habits.
Westlake Village sound pioneer Blue Microphones is the latest to make a splash in the headphone space with the release of Mo-Fi. The Deloitte Fast 500 company (see p. 58) distinguishes itself from the competition as the only headphone with a built-in audiophile amplifier, resulting in professional studio quality, no matter the device you use.