Israeli Wearable Techs That Will Disrupt Our Lives

By 2018, the global wearables market is expected to be worth $19 billion, and Israeli companies play a major part in reaching that goal.

As reported in Israel21C: Google bombed with Glass, and Apple Watch sales are sluggish so far. Yet the success of many other wearable devices such as Fitbit attests that we’re living in the era of wearing, rather than holding, our connected devices.

Israeli companies are right in the thick of it, pioneering core technology and retail products for this market. One prime example is Pebbles Interface of Kfar Saba, a virtual- and augmented-reality technology for wearable gaming devices, acquired last July by Facebook’s Oculus Rift.

“I think a lot of the wearables will come out of Israel,” predicted American tech evangelist Robert Scoble at Israel’s inaugural WearableTech Conference in May 2014. Scoble singled out Omek Interactive gesture-recognition software bought by Intel and PrimeSense motion-tracking chip technology acquired by Apple.

Here are some of the Israeli wearables already revolutionizing how we monitor our health and the well-being of our children, and how we play games.

LifeBEAM headgear is embedded with bio-sensors to measure vital signs. The Tel Aviv company’s smart bicycle helmet, fitness caps and visors are available online and at vendors across the world, and LifeBEAM technology is built into Samsung’s new Simband platform for wearable devices to measure a range of fitness parameters.

The UpRight wearable training device, embedded with dual sensors, attaches to your lower back with hypoallergenic adhesive strips and gently vibrates every time you slouch. The Tel Aviv-based company claims that wearing UpRight less than an hour a day will train your muscles and mind to sit and stand upright after only two or three weeks of use. An optional companion mobile app generates a customized training program, real-time feedback, posture analytics, statistics, tips and techniques.

The hWear line of tank tops and t-shirts by Healthwatch Technologies has conductive fibers woven in, performing the job of an ECG machine and transmitting vitals to your doctor’s smartphone. Made in the Galilee, the shirts will be on the market by the end of the year in a range of colors and styles for men and women. hWear will be sold in Holland, the UK, Spain and the Balkan states to start, and later online and in pharmacies without a prescription.

Muv Interactive’s Bird ring-like device uses a simple Bluetooth connection to sense what your fingers are doing, where you are in the room and exactly where you’re pointing, enabling you to touch any of your devices remotely and turn the device’s display into a touch screen. Watch here to see what happened when kids ages seven to 15 got to try out the Bird, which went on sale October 12.

AngelSense is the world’s only tracking and voice monitoring device designed specifically for children with special needs. The wearable is linked to cloud-based analytics and a web app to enable continuous monitoring and alerts in real time, providing subscribers with a visual diary of the child’s day, as well as an interface where parents and caregivers can share information and photos.

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