Yeah yeah yeah. Fitbit, Google Glass, and Apple Watch. We know. But have you heard about these lesser-known high tech gadgets that promise to expand your creativity, alert you to a health problem, keep your kids safe, and train your brain?

Music Anywhere

You know those people constantly air drumming or batting away on their knee as if it were a drum kit? Well, there’s a wearable for that. DrumPants is a musical tool you wear under or over your cloths—even in your shoes. You can choose between different instruments, trigger visuals as well as sounds, loop and layer beats, and play wherever a normal drum set couldn’t go. A true one-woman band.

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Safety First

It is every parent’s nightmare: Your kid gets lost in a crowd. That’s what the developers behind AmbyGear want to solve. They developed a watch for children that is connected to an app on a parent’s phone providing accurate location, activity monitoring, and real-time communication. This gives kids freedom and parents peace of mind.

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Better Brain

Feel focused and calm by rewiring your brain. That’s the promise of Muse, a headband worn for as little as three minutes a day. EEG sensors allow Muse to detect and measure brain activity. The headband is connected to an app, which offers guided sessions designed to train your brain to manage stress and calm your mind.

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Drawing Inspiration

CreoPop is a pen—ok, not a wearable but so cool you won’t want to put it down—that lets you “draw” 3D objects. Unlike competitors, there are no hot parts and no melting plastic or unpleasant smell because CreoPop uses photopolymers that are solidified using built-in LEDs. It comes in glow-in-the-dark, glittering, and aromatic inks. Think fast-drying hot glue gun with no mess and complete control.

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Perfect Posture

With Lumo Lift, you can track your posture, steps, distance, and calories burned. A gentle vibration reminds you to sit up straight and stand tall. Either hide the device under your clothes or wear it as a fashion accessory. What sets Lumo Lift apart from other step counters is that it targets your posture first and functions as a fashion statement to boot.

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Smart Clothes

Kent State University developed a fabric that responds to temperature with liquid crystal and can be used as a sensor sock for diabetics. Meanwhile, the GER MOOD SWEATER introduces a new form of communication by interpreting emotion and immediately displaying excitement levels with an illuminated collar. Sensors read excitement levels and translate the data into a palette of colors, shown through LED lights located in the bowl shaped, high collar.

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Fertility Finder
Fertility Finder

Call us biased, but Swiss startup Ava—a recent swissnex San Francisco resident taking part in our CTI Market Validation Camp—developed a fertility-tracking bracelet that is worn at the night. It measures nine physiological parameters and an algorithm calculates a woman’s exact fertile window. Results are synced with Ava’s app.

Caseless Waterproof Wearables

We’ve all been there. The iPhone fell into the toilet; water spilled all over the laptop keyboard. Usually, this means game over for the device. Not so with HZO: a powerful nanotechnology solution being marketed to the wearable market that inoculates electronics from moisture from the inside out by coating them with a thin film of nanoparticles.

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Featured image photo credit: Myleen Hollero

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