We’re always interested to hear about new developments that could be enabled by our ultra-low-power microcontroller technology. It’s fair to say that 2015 has thrown up more than its fair share of “unusual” ideas for wearables, and there’s sure to be more just around the corner at CES in Las Vegas. Here are six of our favorites from this year…

Belty Adapt, “the revolutionary smart belt” from French company emiota

emiota says that Belty Adapt, which won multiple awards at 2015’s CES, is the first smart belt that can adjust with the wearer’s waist. Not only does it expand and contract when, for instance, you stand up or sit down, it also includes embedded sensors that can cause it to vibrate when it determines you have eaten too much, or sends a signal when you are sedentary for too long.

melomind headset from myBrain Technologies

Most wearable devices today are geared to keeping you active. But if you prefer a more laid-back approach to life, you’ll be interested in melomind (have you noticed how there seems to be a shortage of upper case letters in the wearables sector?).  The developers promise that you’ll become the “master of your mental state” with this headset that connects to your smartphone, measuring brain activity in real time and “immersing you in an interactive audio journey” to improve your mental state.

Calf socks classic with Plus+ from Blacksocks

“Probably the smartest socks in the world” according to Blacksocks, these stylish numbers will communicate with your iPhone.  Blacksocks is keen to reassure its customers that, even though these socks are smart, they are sticking to their traditional principles (made in Italy of 81% Peruvian Pima cotton). In addition, “your phone would know which socks belong together and could help you sort them out; how often you have washed your socks; {and} when your socks were produced”.

Skin-applied electrochemical sensors from Electrozyme / Biolinq

Strictly speaking this technology has been around for some time, but the company has changed its name this year and the technology is intriguing enough to include in anyone’s 2015 list. It consists of a skin-applied biosensor, disguised to look like a temporary tattoo, that analyses the body’s reaction to physical activity. It does this by monitoring levels of lactate acid, electrolytes, and ammonia in the user’s sweat, which the company says allows it to go much further than traditional heart rate-based activity monitors

iTBra from Cyrcadia Health

It’s a delicate matter, but here’s another idea which some might think “weird”, but has serious potential benefits. The iTBra provides monthly breast wellness screening without the need for a clinician consultation. You wear the iTBra for one day a month, and during the course of the day it provides a highly accurate monthly self-breast exam.  According to Cyrcadia: “The wearable technology embedded in the iTBra and the smart phone enabled interface means no pressing, squishing, squashing or radiation to detect the tiniest circadian temperature changes within breast cells”.

Anti-radiation underwear from Riparo and Wireless Armour

Smart bras might be thought of as “unusual, but potentially useful”. In a different category, however, is anti-radiation underwear. Admittedly, it’s not electronics-based, but it is wearable and definitely falls into the “weird” category. Both Riparo and Wireless Armour produce underwear made out of silver-based fabric, that is designed to protect a gentleman’s “prize assets” from the effects of environmental radiation such as that produced by a smartphone in the pocket. Only Riparo, however, claims to “make sure all of our underwear are stitched thoroughly so the radiation doesn’t seep through the seams”.