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Weird wearablesThe odd thing about wearables is that companies actually expect you to be seen using them. These are some of the stranger wearable devices that have popped up over time.
Welcome to Top Five, I'm your host Iyaz Akthar. Technology has infiltrated every part of our lives. And now it won't stop till you are assimilated and you are one of the Borgs. Today we're looking at the top five weirdest wearables. What defines something that's weird? Let's say either makes people look at you oddly, or it makes you question it's existence very easily. Now this list is about stuff that was actually available beyond the prototype stage. Let's get to it. For number five, we're using the Wayback Machine to look at an old wearable that I actually owned. It's the Fossil Wrist PDA from 2003. It cost $250 at the times and it ran the popular Palm OS that also powered personal digital assistants like the Palm Pilot. Really. Digital calculator watches were relatively successful with the nerdy crowd but this thing was a special kind of nerdy. In a small resistive touchscreen the class housed a tiny flip out stylus so you could hit the tiny targets. If you see a smart watch. Watch wearers get weird looks now. Imagine how people looked at me, as I was poking a tiny screen with a little, what appeared to be a toothpick. To find email. I would look crazy. The whole concept of VR headsets could easily qualify as weird wearable. There's something incredibly antisocial about placing a blindfold over your eyes. It's more insulating than putting on a pair of headphones. Let's specifically talk about the Samsung Gear VR. You clip in a Galaxy Note 4 in it, and then view the screen through the headset Spherical lenses and experience virtual reality. It's supposed to be pretty cool. And Samsung has even made a version for its Galaxy S6 line. In theory it's kind of clunky, since you need to use your own phone. But at least it currently exists. Compare that to the other VR headsets from Oculus, ACC, and Sony. They're still not available. At number 3, is Ring by Logbar. It's a Bluetooth ring that works with your phone and lets you control things with the wave of your finger. The wearable is the product of a successful Kickstarter campaign, and people actually received their ring. Unfortunately, people were left unhappy with how Ring worked Or didn't work. The demo videos may have overpromised what Ring could do right away. Snazzy labs called it the worst product ever made. Also, ring is a bit chunky, so maybe the functions would be better served by a wristband, maybe something like the Salvage Mia [MUSIC] The narrative clip is a little clippable camera that takes a still picture every thirty seconds, and it's our number two weird wearable. Because you clip it on, then you get some interesting viewpoints in the world. What does life look like from the lapel, or belt level? If you had the clip, you'd know. The clip also doesn't have any video or audio recording capabilities, and it doesn't sync to your phone, it syncs to your pc. A new version of the clip promised to fix all of that. Who knows, maybe the clip actually is awesome. After all, if you don't have to whip out your phone to take pictures, you can just enjoy your life and then review it later. Thanks to this clip. And the number one weird wearable is Google Glass. Introduced in 2012, it was made available in 2013 through the Google Glass Explorer program for $1500 You get a camera to take pictures, video, even live stream. Glass could recognize voice controls and show you information in Google [UNKNOWN]. As a nerd I was rooting for thing. Look at it. A computer that attaches to your head. I might be bias because I'm already wearing glasses. What's one more piece of glass to look through. Glass is no longer available and it is reportedly being reworked by the head of Net Tony Fadell, otherwise known as one of the fathers of the iPod. Did I leave something out? Is the ring weirder than glass? Let me know on Twitter. I'm @iyaz. For more top 5's like this, visit top5.cnet.com. Thank you for watching.