If wearable technology is great for the common man, then for an event planner, it is everything. One of these amazing gems (and some of them are ACTUALLY gems) can take your pile of papers and post-its, shrink it down, and put it on your wrist, or even your finger, freeing your paws up for a cocktail! No more clutching your iPhone or Blackberry throughout an event hoping to hear or feel reminders. With wearables, you can remain cool, calm, and collected knowing that haptics will give you a little tap when you need to spring into action. For conferences, discreet alerts let you know when meetings are starting for attendees. Geo-related content can even alert you when certain event attendees arrive at a certain location, and silent alarms using light or taps will give you cues. Swoon! Here are OTR's favorite pieces of wearable tech available right now, and a little about what makes them magical for event planning and execution.
Pictured here, Hermes Apple Watch with Rose Jaipur Epsom Leather strap, this is the ULTRA fancy version of Apple Watch 2. Although this baby will run you just shy of $1200, it is by no means your only Apple Watch option. Series 1 Apple Watches are perfectly capable of meeting your planning and execution needs, and cost around $270. You can replace the band of your Series 1 and jazz it up so it looks like a million bucks. Here's what we love about the Apple Watch:
It's built to pair with your iPhone, syncing calendars and notifications without any hassle.
It's sleek and stylish, especially with affordable alternatives to the rubber band. We love this one!
Alarm function means you'll never miss a cue.
Alerts available when certain folks walk into the venue or when you arrive at a certain location.
With it, you can read texts, emails, check apps, answer calls, and even hear voicemails.
Maps mean you have easy access to directions and with haptics, you never have to look down at GPS or phone when driving to a new venue.
Apple watch can be a little flashy if you want it to be, but can be downplayed easily.
Drawback: it can be a little distracting; battery life isn't fantastic, so prepare to charge nightly.
How sleek and sexy is this black and gold Fitbit Alta? Although Fitbit used to be known as fitness only, their line is starting to expand to include more useful features. Discreet and subtle, at 149.95, Fitbit Alta is a great choice for someone who wants a wearable, but doesn't need all the bells and whistles that come with an Apple Watch. Here's why we love it:
Text and call notifications.
Alarm/reminder function means you'll never miss a cue.
Stellar activity tracking that the original Fitbit is known for, so you'll know how many steps you took during your all-nighter.
It's yhinner and more discreet than Apple Watch, meaning you can easiy hide your secret to perfect timing without anything bulky under your sleeve.
A stainless-steel metal band is a fashionable upgrade, but costs more.
Pictured here in Out To Sea, Ringly pieces are as stunning as they are useful. We love the luxe, eye-catching look that can scream boho or chic and polished depending on how it's styled. Ringly comes in ring options at just $195, and bracelets at $245. The charging boxes are super convenient and an extra one is a steal at just $35! Here's why we're obsessed with Ringly.
Bold and beautiful accessories with a twist pop no matter how you wear 'em.
Discretion at its finest, Ringly uses light and haptics to alert you of different things.
These beauties allow you to customize alerts for texts, calls, etc. so alerts make sense to you! This way, you're never confused about what an alert means.
Drawback: Unfortunately, you can't read on the device.
Like a regular watch with a little secret something, Withings Activité Steel is wearable tech that looks like your everyday old school watch. This sleek piece is yours for just under $150, and is great if you're just looking for fitness tracking and alerts. Here's what else we love about it:
Discreetly techy and looks great with basics and cocktail attire alike.
Alarm features mean you'll stay on cue, but the feature is pretty basic.
Tracks movement so you'll be able to see how many calories you burn while you're running between stations.
drawbacks: limited functionality; best for someone who really wants to track how much exercise they're getting while doing other things.
Who doesn't love a great accessory? And one that keeps us on task and on schedule? Yes, please! So toss those paper piles and grab yourself some wearable tech. We know which one we're going for. Do you?
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