Convenience, security and mobility are at the forefront of many new products, and rightly so. Here’s a look at some game changing technology products that will impact the way we work and live in 2015 and beyond.
1. Cicret Smart Bracelet
The Cicret (pronounced “secret”) bracelet (still in the prototype and venture capital funding phase) turns your forearm into a full-color, touch-sensitive smartphone display with a simple flick of the wrist.
You can do anything you would do on a smartphone or tablet, complete with swiping capability, on your skin. It pairs to your phone via Bluetooth and will come with either 16GB or 32GB of storage.
For secret agent wannabes, the free Android app is available now. It provides totally secure, fully anonymous and untraceable chatting, sharing and information exchange. Only other users to whom you give your private ID can contact you and vice versa; each interaction with other Cicret users has its own encryption. You can also store a text or audio file on your computer and get it back on your smartphone with Cicret.
Watch the promo video on Cicret.com; try a beta version of the app on Google Play.
2. Mobile Payment Systems
Apple Pay, a mobile payment solution, was launched in October. It is a contactless payment technology that enables users to pay with their iPhone, Apple Watch, or iPad (Air 2 or mini 3)-no actual wallet or credit cards required. You simply enter your credit and debit card information into Passbook (you can also do so from your iTunes account) and it is securely stored there.
Stores and banks that accept it have contactless (no swiping) readers at the counters/cashier stations. The iPhone 6 uses near field communications (NFC)-just hold the phone near the contactless reader with your finger on the scre