Expert Post: Guide to Streaming Devices and Wearables
19 Dec, 2014
Whether you want to track your daily activity or watch your favorite TV shows whenever you want, wearables and streaming devices add convenience to your life – and they are taking the technology world by storm. So what are the benefits and notable features of these products? We interviewed two electronics experts at hhgregg to learn more.
Expert answers provided by Brandon Linn, hhgregg Buyer, Tablets, Tablet Accessories, Streaming Media Devices, MP3, Video Games
How popular are streaming devices this season?
There’s a big trend with watching what you want when you want via Netflix, Hulu, etc. – with few to no commercials. We are shifting toward cutting the cord and no longer having a cable or satellite bill and just using the Internet instead. These devices range from $35 to $99.
What are the most notable features to consider?
Some streaming media devices use remotes, while other use smartphones or tablets to control them. Additionally, some devices are “stick” (an HDMI plug), while others are a base unit that connect to the monitor with an HDMI cable.
What TVs are compatible with streaming devices, and what do you need in order to have a streaming device?
Any TV or monitor with an HDMI input will work. You will also need a Wi-fi connection.
Shop a variety of streaming devices at hhgregg.
Expert answers provided by Michael Moore, hhgregg Buyer, Digital Services
What are the benefits of wearable technology?
Wearable technology encourages the user to change personal habits, which creates a greater feeling of well-being both physically and emotionally. Wearable devices help empower the user to identify what areas of his or her life can be improved, whether it is the frequency and duration of physical exercise he or she engages in or the number of restful minutes of sleep that are enjoyed.
Are there different products geared toward users of varying experience levels?
Yes, models do vary and there are some brands that market themselves towards hard-core users. Our models are generally geared towards the beginner to intermediate user.
What are the key differences between a smartwatch and a fit watch/band?
A smart watch functions as a timepiece but is more functional than one’s traditional timepiece in that it often syncs with a mobile phone and notifies the wearer of incoming texts and emails. Some models allow for the playback of music or even the taking of phone calls. Both smartwatches and fitness bands can track activity levels and minutes of sleep. Fitness bands usually don’t look like a traditional time-piece since they are typically thinner and often come in two pieces. One piece would be the tracker or “brains” of the device that fits into a wristband, allowing the wearer to change the color of their band.