19. Sony SmartWatch
This watch from Sony aims to "make life simpler and smarter." It offers a two-day battery life and can be used without a smartphone nearby. It delivers email and other notifications, and it offers apps for search, weather, travel, maps, to-do lists and more. Watch straps come in a variety of colors and styles.
One of the first smartwatches available, this Kickstarter-funded watch initially experienced great sales success. It can work with iOS or Android phones, and it has apps for email, text messages, directions, stock prices, activity tracking and more.
21. Bragi Dash
Bragi boasts that its Dash is "the world's first wireless smart earphones." You can use it with your smartphone to make calls, and it also doubles as a fitness tracker and music player. Prices start at $299.
Plantronics offers a number of bluetooth headsets for connecting enterprise workers with their phones, PCs, tablets or other devices. They come in a variety of styles to maximize comfort for the wearer.
23. Sony Xperia Ear
This small earpiece can send and receive calls or text messages, as well as allowing employees to check their schedules, receive turn-by-turn directions or search the Web. It offers a lot of the same functionality as a smartphone, without requiring users to look down at a handheld device.
Aimed at helping improve productivity for hourly employees, Thetro is a voice-controlled communication device that connects to Wi-Fi networks. It weighs just an ounce and a half, and it allows workers to connect to their employers information systems as well as to communicate with each other.
25. Optinvent ORA-X
Along with its smart glasses, Optinvent also offers smart headphones, which the company describes as "a wearable tablet." Like the ORA glasses, they are based on Android. The headphones include a flip down visual display, and the batteries last about eight hours. The company is currently accepting pre-orders for $349, but hasn't said when devices will ship.
26. Nymi Band
Worn around the employee's wrist, this band offers secure two-factor authentication. It can either detect the wearers electrocardiogram for use as a biometric ID, or it can use Apple's Touch ID technology. As long as the employee is wearing the band, it will send their authentication credentials to network devices in range via Bluetooth and/or NFC.
ProGlove describes itself as "a smart glove that helps workers in logistics and manufacturing to work more efficiently." It incorporates a number of built-in sensors and a read-out display to offer workers advice on which tool to use and which step in the manufacturing process to complete next.
Due to launch before the end of the year, SmartCap aims to help reduce fatigue risk for truckers and other drivers. It monitors brain waves and sends alerts if it detects dangerous levels of fatigue. It also tracks historical data so operators can see which times of day are the most problematic.
For employees concerned about style and fashion, Wisewear offers a line of "smart jewelry." It buzzes gently to notify workers about important calls, texts or schedule reminders, and it can call for help in an emergency situation. It's also an activity tracker that monitors steps, distance traveled, calories burned and active minutes.
Made for warehouse employees, this solution includes a microphone-equipped headset, earphones, a wrist-mounted computer and/or a ring scanner. The company claims that it delivers "double-digit productivity gains," while being very comfortable for employees.
Working with Marathon oil company and several other technology vendors, Accenture developed this wearable gas detection system. It alerts employees if unsafe levels of various gases are detected, and it also sends a notice to the control room, which can then monitor the situation and help find any employees that are in trouble. The solution also recognizes lack of movement and notifies the control room in case of a "man down."
32. Alert GPS
Designed to improve employee safety, this wearable tracks employee locations and allows them to call for help quickly in case of an emergency. It can also distribute mass notifications quickly (for example in an active shooter situation or in case of extreme weather or hazardous spills). In addition, it can automatically trigger alerts to management if undesirable actions (such as entering a restricted area or speeding) occur.
DorsaVi makes sensors that track movement. It offers three different lines: ViPerform for athletes, ViMove for healthcare providers, and ViSafe for workplaces. The ViSafe products are designed to help reduce on-the-job injuries by helping analyze employee movement and recommending safer alternatives.
Made specifically to meet the needs of law enforcement officers, the Si series combines a video camera with a speaker microphone to track interactions between officers and the public. It can also take still photos and send and receive emergency alerts.
Calling itself "the most advanced wearable camera in the world," Pivothead devices feature glasses with a built-in video camera. For enterprise use, it can facilitate remote meetings, improve collaboration, assist with training and more. Prices start around $199.