The weird and wonderful from the Wearable Tech Show 2016

Puppy love

It's pretty disappointing to head over to a stand specialising in wearable tech for pets, only to discover there's nothing to give a belly rub to (we didn't think the PR would appreciate it).

At least Pitpat's robotic dog toys could demonstrate how the doggy activity tracker works.

It clips onto your pet's collar, then pairs up with your smartphone over Bluetooth LE. You tap in the breed, age and weight of your dog, and it'll let you know how much exercise it gets every day.

You'll be able to tell if the dog walker really is giving fido the full 30 minutes, or if you should stretch out those evening walks for an extra 15 minutes.

If this all sounds a bit familiar, it's because Pitpat originally launched as a start-up back in 2014. It's now working on new tech for other pets, though; nothing's confirmed yet, but a cat tracker that uses GPS and even a wearable for horses are in consideration.

For dog lovers, though, you can pick up a Pitpat fitness collar right now for £40 (S$80).

 

Under the hood

Now this is a wearable in every sense of the word. It might look your everyday, can’t-justify-getting-properly-dressed hoodie, but the hoodiebuddie has a hidden pair of headphones stitched into its fabric.

That basically means you can slip a phone into the zip pocket on the side and plug it straight into the 3.5mm cable – with no need to worry about running cables underneath your clothes.

It’s got an inline mic, too, so you can take calls on it. The button half-way down the cord lets you skip tracks on an iPhone as well, but Android sadly misses out.

If you’re worried about putting electrical cables through the wash, Hoodiebuddie reckons it has tested the design for over 30 washes. That hopefully means audio quality won’t take a dip when your clothes do.

Speaking of sound, the buds aren’t top-end by any means. If quality is crucial, you’re probably out of luck.

At least there are plenty of colours available, and prices aren’t too bad either; they start at £40 (S$80) and hit £80 (S$160) if you want a waterproof jacket version.

Rockin' Roll Baby

Another CES launch that might have fallen under the radar, Babypod is a speaker that lets mums-to-be share their tunes. Only this doesn't sit on your stomach.

We guess that technically makes it an insertable, rather than a wearable?

Unborn babies can hear from as early as 16 weeks, and apparently playing music stimulates development.

Speakers placed againt mum's tum have been proven not to be as effective as something like Babypod, and ultrasound scans have shown unborn babies trying to vocalise in the womb.

There's no evidence your kids will be a shoe-in for the next season of X-Factor, though.

You can buy one right now for £98 (about S$190).

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