2016 promises to be an exciting year in the world of innovative technology. Rarely have there been so many new, technologically advanced products on the market at one time. Innovative accessories that influence just about every aspect of our lives, from how we communicate to how we take care of our bodies to how we protect our home and keep it comfortable. Here’s a sampling of the truly smart accessories available from Verizon Wireless in 2016:
These watches are definitely not your parents’ watches
The watches that are now in style bear very little resemblance to Mom’s and Dad’s. Watches for 2016 are so technologically advanced, they empower you to track your fitness routines and eat healthier meals. Some even have the ability to let you make and receive calls, emails and texts from your compatible phone and even listen to music and get calendar updates.
Track every step with the Fitbit Charge Wireless Activity Wristband
If you are determined to keep your 2016 resolution to stay fit, this is the device that will motivate you to do just that. The Fitbit Charge not only tracks every step of your daily physical activity, it also tracks calories burned, assists in making healthy meal choices and helps you track your diet. You can even link the data collected by the Fitbit Charge to your compatible computer or smartphone. And if your smartphone happens to be nearby (and you know it almost always is), you can use the Caller ID function of your Charge to see who’s calling. The Fitbit Charge even tracks your sleep patterns and gently wakes you in the morning. Oh, by the way…like other watches, it also tells the time. For those who’d like to kick it up a notch, there’s the Fitbit Charge HR. It has the same great features as the Fitbit Charge but adds in a Heart Rate monitor.
And then there’s the amazing Samsung Gear S2 Watch…
This is a watch you’ll be proud to wear this year, both for the way it looks and for everything it’s capable of doing. The totally modern look of the Samsung Gear S2 - available in connected, Bluetooth™ and Classic Bluetooth™ versions - features bold curves and premium finishes. The innovative design frees you to navigate quickly and easily through apps and widgets. Just glimpse at your wrist to see notifications from your compatible phone. And the built-in health app challenges you to keep a healthy lifestyle by tracking your steps, checking your heart rate and more. Compatible with most Android devices, this is the watch that matches the tempo of your life for 2016.
In 2016, your home does the thinking
Well, at least the wireless products you choose for your home this year can do the thinking necessary to help keep you safe and comfortable. For example, imagine a smoke and carbon monoxide detector that not only alerts you remotely of an unsafe condition, but also communicates with a separate thermostat to shut down your furnace if necessary and also instructs a separate security camera to record the incident for insurance purposes. This technology not only exists for 2016, it’s been perfected by a company called Nest.
Nest Learning Thermostat, 3rd Generation, observes and learns your habits
If you’re like most people, you’ve probably been accused at one time or another of messing with the thermostat setting. Well, the Nest Learning Thermostat, 3rd Generation, is likely to resolve those comfort-level squabbles. About a week after easy installation, you’ll find that this amazingly clever device has automatically learned your family’s heating and cooling preferences and has adjusted accordingly. The thermostat senses when no one is home and goes into an energy-saving mode, which also should quell family spats about high energy costs. This device is so smart, it notifies you of a furnace malfunction and shuts down the system if it senses smoke or carbon monoxide. And the Nest Learning Thermostat, 3rd Generation, communicates and acts in conjunction with other Nest accessories (sold separately). Whether you live with others or on your own, you’ll appreciate the intelligent comfort, energy savings and safety features provided by this super-smart device.
And if you think that’s smart, check out the Nest Protect
The Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm – available in Wired and Battery-Powered versions - is so advanced that it thinks, speaks and even alerts your compatible mobile device of an emergency. It knows the difference between steam and smoke, so there are no more hot shower interruptions that occur with non-smart alarms. When combined with the Nest Learning Thermostat, 3rd Generation, and the Nest Cam (each sold separately), the Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm communicates to the appropriate device to shut down the furnace and record video in response to an emergency. Now that’s smart, right?
Bank-level security in a surprisingly affordable home cam
Do you ever see fuzzy security camera footage on TV and think it will be useless in catching the criminal? That’s not a problem with the Nest Cam Security Camera. The Nest Cam uses bank-level security with 128-bit SSL encryption and a unique 2048-bit RSA key. Plus, unlike most others, the Nest Cam streams 24/7 live video to your phone, tablet or laptop in stunningly sharp 1080p HD. Not only that, it also sees in the dark with night LED vision…something non-smart cameras can’t do. It even senses movement and sends an alert to your mobile device. Subscribe to Nest Aware to store up to 30 day’s worth of video (your purchase of the Nest Cam includes a 30-day free trial). And most importantly, when used with Nest Protect (purchased separately), it starts recording the moment fire or smoke is detected and stores the video at no charge.
Is there any doubt in your mind that 2016 is the Year of the Wireless Accessory?
A few more fresh ideas to start 2016…
The Tech21 Evo Wallet for essential smartphone protection
Ever have to dig into your wallet to take out a credit card while you’re on the phone? The Tech21 Evo Wallet eliminates that problem, providing both functionality and superior protection for your phone. It’s an ultra-thin, lightweight case that’s carefully crafted to absorb and dissipate impact force. And it features a flip-over screen cover with a built-in slot for a credit card or a few bills. Styles are available for an assortment of smartphones, including iPhone 6/6S, Galaxy S6 Edge +, DROID Turbo 2 and DROID Maxx 2. It’s an ultra-minimalistic look and feel for 2016.
Case-Mate Brilliance Phone Cases for the true fashionista
Add a little sparkle to 2016 with colorful Brilliance from Case-Mate phone cases. Premium leather is accented with genuine crystals for a sophisticated, shimmery effect. Not only does the Brilliance look great, the interlocking case also provides a high level of protection against daily wear. Cases are available for Galaxy 6 S, iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus and others.