When it comes to communicating, we want to be able to stay in contact no matter where we are or what we're doing, and that includes when we're exercising. Today's technology is portable, multifunctional, and stylish, making it perfect for workouts at the gym.
Many companies are taking everything consumers love about unified communications and converting it into smaller, wearable devices. Smartwatches and fitness trackers not only monitor your heart rate and track your step count, they also help you stay connected to your everyday, non-gym life.
Keeping Communication OpenAt the 2015 Mobile World Conference, businesses announced that several pieces of new wearable technology come equipped with 4G service, as well as Bluetooth connectability. Products with LTE connectivity have the ability to receive and send calls and texts messages - no smartphone needed, according to Wareable. The LG Watch Urbane LTE even comes equipped with a "walkie talkie," allowing for audio conferencing between several people.
Some devices, such as the Microsoft Band, can even access your email and calendar, as well as your social media accounts and financial information. Pebble Time takes it a step further by sending news and travel alerts, providing voice dictation and offering access to thousands of apps, a Wareable article explained. Along with the ability to receive calls and respond to texts, smartwatches and fitness accessories provide you with everything you need right on your wrist.
A New Way to ExerciseMany of these new devices also contain GPS capabilities. This new feature will allow athletes of all levels to improve their workouts. While the setting currently has to be manually switched, HTC and Under Armour hope to tailor their fitness band to fit everyone's needs, no matter if they're working out in the gym or climbing a mountain, TechCrunch explained. Eventually, the device will automatically switch workout modes by sensing the type of exercise the user is doing.
There is even a new smartwatch geared toward children. The FiLIP comes equipped with an address book, calling abilities, and GPS. This technology is designed to help parents keep an eye on their children, from where they're going to whom they're communicating with, according to InformationWeek. The watch allows parents to program in up to five numbers. With its GPS tracking, children are allowed to have some semblance of freedom without all the supervision. However, the device, which uses WiFi and cellular data, will alert parents if their child moves away from the approved location or if the watch is removed.
Unified communications simplifies the way we stay in contact with those around us. Smartwatches and fitness trackers are starting to combine everything we need, from email and text messages to phone calls and GPS. New technology makes our lives easier to stay connected with fewer devices.