You just don’t know what’s going to go “smart” next; there are smart watches, smartphones, smart TVs, smart cars, smart pacifiers, and now there’s finally a smart hat to add to the ranks. If you’re one who never thought you’d see the day when someone came out with a smart hat, welcome to the club; after all, if everything’s a smart device then nothing’s a smart device. But, you just never know what you might come across at the Mobile World Congress, and this year, some people stumbled upon the Lifebeam Smart Hat.
How exactly does a “smart hat” work? Well, this one monitors your heart rate and tracks your calorie count while you do various forms of exercise. Using ANT+- and Bluetooth LE coupled with an ARM Cortex Processor, Lifebeam’s Smart Hat is the fitness tracker disguised as a normal, not overly stylish hat. In order to monitor everything, it has a sensor built right under the brim.
I don’t know about you, but I think I’d rather wear a bracelet to track my health than a hat, especially in the middle of exercising. Hats get sweaty and don’t seem to fit my head all that well, and with a bracelet, that’s not so much of a problem. Though at the same time, Lifebeam’s hat does seem to hold a lot of merit and will probably appeal to a wide range of people. If you’d like to get your
hands head on one, you can purchase one from their website for $99.
What do you think? Is the idea of a smart hat surprising to you?
[Image via life-beam]