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Tech Tools: 6 Cool Wearable Gadgets

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Qualcomm Toq (Toq-Store.Qualcomm.com)

Armed with excellent battery life and a bright touch-screen that auto-adjusts to your ambient surroundings, the Toq means business. Like most smartwatches, it allows you to accept incoming calls (via an included earpiece), see new texts and receive alerts. But the $249.99 Toq is as much an entertainment hub as a business tool; it also controls music via your phone and allows you to peruse your calendar and get stock quotes. Plus it looks fantastic, with multiple colorful clock faces to choose from, and a sleek, subtly patterned watchband available in white or black.

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Zepp Sensors (Zepp.com)

The golf course is a great place to network, you know, but if you’re like most people, your swing could use a tune-up. The Zepp sensor snaps onto your golf glove, then records 1,000 data points during your swing, reconstructing your movements into a 3-D animation with 360-degree viewing options you can watch on your tablet or phone. Zepp ($149.99) records angles and velocities, and even gives each swing a score. And it’s not just for golf—Zepp makes a sensor and app for baseball and tennis, as well.

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Sony SmartBand (SonyMobile.com)

The first generation of fitness wristbands is dying out, as innovators like Sony have realized that a bracelet can track a whole lot more than how many steps you take. Sure, the SmartBand will count burned calories for you, but Sony wants it to be much more. Running for up to five days on a single charge, the SmartBand (price TBA) is your alarm clock, a remote control for your music, and an alert system for texts and phone calls. Its Lifelog Android app keeps tabs on your daily habits—from where you ate lunch to how much you exercised, whom you texted, the photos you took, where you rode your bike or drove your car, and how well you slept. Were you needing an alibi?

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Liquid Image Model 338 Apex HD (LiquidImageCo.com)

If the Sochi Olympics put you in the mood to drop $299.99 on ski goggles, why not go for a pair that shoots high-def, point-of-view video? You can even shoot at 60 frames per second to show performances and stunts in slow motion. The camera angle is adjustable up to 30 degrees to ensure you get the best framing for your footage, and you can also shoot 12-megapixel still shots or fire away in continuous photo mode.

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JayBird Reign (JayBirdSport.com)

Continuing this year’s trend of revamping the fitness wristband, JayBird, a company known for Bluetooth-enabled audio gear for active lifestyles, is focusing on your health. JayBird claims its new $199 Reign wristband, available fall 2014, can monitor your vitals to tell you when you need more sleep and when your body is ready for a burst of exercise or movement. And unlike many bands, it can also tell the difference between when you’re running, cycling, swimming or taking a leisurely stroll and adjusts your stats accordingly.

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Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses (Vuzix.com)

The much talked about Google Glass is still in its testing phase but already has real competition available now. Whether a widespread consumer base is willing to look like a Star Trek villain all day in the name of hands-free computing remains to be seen, but the $999.99 Vuzix M100 gives you plenty of reasons to consider the idea. An Android-based wearable computer, it’s pre-loaded with apps that manage your calendar, pair with your phone via Bluetooth, and display your photos and videos in front of you, without completely blocking your view of your surroundings.

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