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Best Wearables – 2023 Holiday Gift Guide

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There is no denying the fact that technology has improved and evolved exponentially in the last decade. Smart devices are not limited to mobile phones, laptops, PCs, and tablets anymore. There are plenty of devices that you can wear on your head, face, wrist, and even fingers to get things done in a way you could have only imagined in sci-fi novels or movies.

We have already covered the best smartwatches and fitness trackers that you can use to stay fit and reach your health goals. In this article, we will talk about other smart wearables like smart rings, smart glasses, and VR/AR headsets that you can buy. You can even gift these wearable devices to yourself or any of your loved ones for the 2023 holiday season. So without further ado, let’s have a closer look.

Best smart rings

Oura Ring Generation 3 aka Oura Ring 3

Oura Ring 3 smart ring is made with lightweight titanium and has non-metallic inner molding. It has health and fitness features like SpO2 tracking, heart-rate monitoring, respiration, steps tracking, sleep tracking, and body temperature tracking. The Oura Ring 3 has a water resistance of up to 328 feet and a battery life of between four to seven days. It takes about 20 minutes to 80 minutes to charge fully. The smart ring is compatible with both Android and iOS. However, you will also need to get a USD 5.99 monthly subscription to unlock its full potential.

Buy Oura Ring 3

Ultrahuman Ring AIR
It is one of the lightest and most comfortable smart rings to wear. It weighs anywhere between 2.4 grams and 3.6 grams based on the ring size. It can track heart rate, temperature, SpO2, calorie intake, workouts, and steps. The ring can offer HRV insights for better recovery. It has a battery life of up to 6 days.

McLear RingPay

McLear’s RingPay is a smart ring meant only for contactless payments. It lets you pay at checkout counters using just your finger. This ring has built-in NFC that you already see on cards and other payment tech devices. It has a companion app that helps you top-up the ring and keep track of all your spending. However, it is currently available only in the United Kingdom as of now.

Buy McLear RingPay

Best smart glasses

Xreal Air AR Glasses
Xreal's Air AR glasses have micro-OLED panels that can project wall-sized display (up to 330-inch HD) in front of you. It supports up to 120Hz refresh rate and works with almost all major gaming consoles. It has four different display modes. It is quite lightweight and has TUV Rheinland certification.
Ray-Ban Meta Smart Glasses
These smart glasses are from Meta and in collaboration with Ray-Ban. These can be used to call, message, capture, listen, and share even when the phone is in the pocket. You can live stream directly to Facebook and Instagram via its 12MP camera. There are built-in speakers for listening to music and making calls. The glasses offer 32GB storage and up to four hours of battery life (an additional 36 hours via charging case). Hand-free control with Meta AI voice assistant. Available in multiple frame styles, lens type, and colors.
Lenovo ThinkReality A3 Smart Glasses
These are premium smart glasses aimed at Windows PC users. These can boost your productivity by showing virtual desktops with multiple screens. These are also capable of playing music through glasses. The only major area of concern here is the pricing which is a lot.

Best VR headsets

Meta Quest 3
It is the most value for money standalone VR headset that you get at this price point. It boasts a 4K+ Infinite Display with 120Hz refresh rate and an immersive audio experience. There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 chip for the ultimate performance. Its Touch Plus controllers are one of the best among VR headsets. However, its battery life lurks around 2-3 hours after a full charge. Available in 128GB and 512GB storage options.
Meta Quest 2
Get the Quest 2 only if buying a Quest 3 is out of budget for you. It is still a capable and powerful VR headset, especially for those looking to try out the VR world before spending more. It has LCD displays with 1832 x 1920 resolution and 90Hz refresh rate. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor powers it and has 128GB/256GB storage options.
PlayStation VR2
This is the second-generation PlayStation VR aka PSVR. It can offer 4K HDR visuals, 3D audio, superb eye tracking, finger touch detection, haptic feedback, and much more. This is the VR headset to get and take your PS5 gaming experience to the next level. Do note that it is not backward compatible with the old PS VR games.
Valve Index VR Kit
This is a VR headset aimed specifically at PC gamers. It has 1440 x 1600 resolution LCD displays with 144Hz refresh rate and 3D Spatial Audio support. You will need a Windows PC compatible with the VR headset to make it work. And yes, it works only when connected to the PC with wire. Since it is from Valve, you get access to the SteamVR store for buying and downloading VR games.

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Ajit Singh
Ajit is a freelance tech reporter who loves everything tech but has a soft corner for Android. He started his stint in tech journalism in 2015 and has previously worked with publications like Digit India and Android Headlines. You can also find his work on MySmartPrice.

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