Best next-gen wearable gadgets
Google Project Glass
£tba (due 2014), Google +
Okay, so it’s shamefully uncool to go around town with electronic eyewear on your face. But Google’s hi-tech specs have a camera, touchpad, compass, gyroscope, accelerometer and GPS, while Android device connectivity and voice commands provide hands-free action. Cheating at exams never looked so easy.
£tba (concept), Nieuwe Heren
This prototype anti-pollution jacket detects NH3, CO2 and Benzene, lighting you up like a jacket-wearing, LED-studded Christmas tree to display the quality of air you’re chugging. Too much toxic gas activates a respirator that delivers carbon-filtered lungfuls. Best worn with a tinfoil hat and a crazy stare.
Adidas miCoach Pacer Bundle
It’s a widely-documented assumption that motivation is best spurred aurally. The Adidas miCoach Pacer chats to its stride sensor and heart rate monitor before reporting back to your ears with fitness and progress reports. A handy ally in the struggle to look less like a lost walrus on the beach this summer.
About US$150, kickstarter.com
The most highly-funded Kickstarter project to date (over US$10m), the Pebble is proof that – despite their unillustrious history – we still want gadget watches to work. It’s too early to say if this E ink-screened, app-driven wristwear will buck the trend, but it’s our best hope yet.
Crosskase Solar 15 backpack
£140, Apple Store
Since our solar-powered jetpacks have failed to materialise, we’ll have to make do with the Crosskase Solar 15, a backpack fitted with a three-watt photovoltaic panel that trickle charges its battery to give your gadgetry a juice boost when you’re on running on borrowed amps. You can also store them in the water-resistant interior, but – at £140 – this is a gadget bag you really don’t want to lose.