This Stylish Activity Tracker Could Save Your Life
This bracelet-style tracker does so much more than count your steps and look cute.
Wearable tech companies are constantly one-upping each other with new features, but WiseWear has a new tracker that's truly changing the game: it's able to send out distress signals in an emergency.
Here's how it works: You connect the tracker to your phone via Bluetooth, then set up a list of emergency contacts through the WiseWear app. To send out a distress signal, you tap a button on the bottom of the bracelet three times. Then a text message and drop pin to your Google Maps GPS location are sent to all of your emergency contacts. (If they have an Android phone, the first listed emergency contact receives a call, too.)
So if you find yourself in a situation where you need to reach someone but can't use your phone (such as a car accident or a flat tire in a remote area), or, worse, if you're in danger because someone is threatening you or following you home, this seemingly innocuous bracelet could make all the difference.
While this fashion tracker isn't necessarily something you would wear on a run around the neighborhood, having technology like this implemented in fitness-focused trackers, heart-rate monitors, or even music players is a way-overdue and increasingly necessary upgrade to popular sports devices. (More: Running Safety Tips for Women)
Safety technology aside, the WiseWear trackers are a cute option for someone who doesn't need all the bells and whistles of a sports tracker but wants to monitor her activity level without messing with her look. The collection joins a group of style-driven wearables such as the Fossil smartwatch and Ringly activity jewelry, aimed at low-key fitness buffs who still want to invest in their health. The WiseWear bracelets also offer what you'd typically expect to find in a tracker such as steps, distance, and calories burned. And while the hope is that you never have to use the SOS signal, it can give you peace of mind that help is just a few taps away should you ever need it. Prices range from $295 to $345, depending on style.