A different kind of wearable
This week’s roundup includes the LEAF—not another watch or wristbound “wearable” device. It’s a necklace that still transmits vital information. Plus: Mounts, cables, amplifiers, and more.
The $119 LEAF is a different kind of “wearable”—it’s a necklace, but it does many of the same jobs as the wrist-bound wearables, transmitting information about sleep activity and stress levels back to your phone to help you manage your life and achieve your best you.
The $90 Trobla is an amplifier for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, crafted from Slovenian wood, that naturally amplifies your phone’s speaker without drawing on the phone’s battery to do so. “The sound travels smoothly through a hollowed chamber and is guided by a cone,” the makers say. “The only electronic component involved is your smartphone.”
The $25 Portiko is a six-foot extension cord with two 110V outlets and two USB ports, which can be used to plug in two laptops, an iPad, and an iPhone at once. Best of all? You only need one wall socket to accommodate all that machinery.
GoPro’s latest is the $300 Hero+ LCD. “Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connect to the GoPro App to allow for shot preview, total camera control and easy content sharing to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and more” from your iPhone or iPad. But we understand you’re only allowed to purchase it for surfing, skydiving, or skydiving into the surf.
The $60 Mophie watch dock “features durable aluminum construction with premium leather accents, creating a high-quality finish that complements your Apple Watch.” Plus, your Apple Watch looks pretty cool sitting on it while it recharges.
The $199 Narrative Clip 2 is kind of a poor man’s GoPro. You strap it to yourself, yes—say to a jacket or a necklace—but you use it to capture images of life’s more earthbound adventures. The 8-megapixel camera captures two pictures per minute, which are uploaded to cloud storage, but viewable on the Narrative app. The device ships in September.
The $20 flatOUT LED cable is a Lightning-to-USB cable built for style: It comes in four colors, as well as the aforementioned LED light, which lets you know when your iPhone or iPad has completed charging. “The LED charge indicator pulses red when charging then turns solid blue when it becomes fully charged.”
The $5 Car Steering Wheel Cradle Holder lets you mount your phone right on your steering wheel “for GPS directions, easy music access” and more—you can consult the phone with a minimum of taking your eyes directly off the road.