Other events are being cancelled left right and centre but the coronavirus has not stopped the London Wearable Technology Show (WTS) from going ahead.
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The venue itself has made efforts to ensure that the event is managed safely. This includes cleaning of ‘high touch’ areas where the spread of viruses is more likely, as well as clearly displaying safety instructions throughout the venue.
Now in its seventh year, WTS is the place to be if you’re interested in wearables, smart technology and IoT. The two day event concludes tomorrow. While not nearly as big as IFA in Germany or CES in Las Vegas, a few thousand industry professionals and consumers are expected to attend, along with numerous speakers.
WTS 2020 is showcasing technologies across a multitude of fields including healthcare, AR/VR, performance sports, smart clothing, health, wearables and more. Co-located with show is The Digital Health Technology Show, AVR360 and IOT Connect.
We attended this morning and immediately noticed that the size of the event and attendance was significantly lower than in previous years. Not really surprising considering the situation.
With that in mind, some gadgets and gizmos did catch our eye. It seems this year smart rings made the strongest showing. Indistinguishable from regular jewelry in looks, these are gadgets that house some serious smarts. Here are a few we spotted, all of which blend fashion with high technology.
Making its debut at the WTS, Dhyana (view on Amazon), is a ring that is designed to enhance meditation. The thing has a heart rate variability sensor inside, which captures the number of mindful minutes you spent in peaceful bliss. There are also guided sessions help you achieve mindfulness, no matter how stressed you are.
KWearables is a leading player in the market for payment wearables. Its flagship product is a stylish, contactless payment ring. The gizmo is issued on KWearables prepaid MasterCard or through MasterCard issueing banks – with the first live implementation with ABN AMRO… others are to follow.
NFC enabled rings seem to be all the rage. McLear is another such device helping users make secure payments anywhere that accepts contactless. It is funded by connecting to your bank account, credit or debit card.
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