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Japan's wild world of wearable tech

Kate Springer, for CNN

Updated 8:21 PM ET, Wed November 9, 2016
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Designed to help people better understand their pets, Inupathy measures a dog's heart rate and pulse variations to determine how it's feeling. Starting from US$149 for Indiegogo supporters, the harness is covered in LED lights that change color to reflect a dog's mood. It glows blue when a dog is calm, red when excited, bright white when focused, and shows a rainbow display when the pooch is happy. The data is stored online so an owner can review trends. Inupathy
CEO Joji Yamaguchi was inspired by his Corgi, Akane, who was a nervous puppy. The biologist developed a system to monitor the dog's heart rate and track the dog's reactions to stimulus such as food, games, people and toys. Inupathy
Japan's Wearable Tech Expo has featured all kinds of bizarre gadgets, such as Yamaha's special gloves designed for piano players. Equipped with 12 motion sensors, the gloves record the motion of your hands so users can analyze performances later. Wearable Tech Expo
Exhibited at Tokyo's Wearable Tech Expo in 2015, Anicall's collars aim to track movement, health and emotional information so owners can better monitor their pet's well-being. Equipped with motion, temperature and air pressure sensors, the collars sync up with the owner's smart phone. Wearable Tech Expo
Attach Bird to your finger to project screens onto a wall or TV with the flick of a digit. It can control devices at home, and allows users to collaborate with other Bird wearers using gesture and voice controls. It costs $499. MUV Interactive
As well as laptops and mobile devices, Bird works with coffee machine, lights, and air-conditioning units. MUV Interactive
While aimed at the medical community, Archelis is a wearable chair that can be used by anyone who spends all day on their feet. It's designed to support pressure points in the back, feet and legs without limiting range of motion. Archelis
Archelis almost resembles a leg brace, but instead of using stiff metal it is made of flexible carbon sheets that wrap around the body to provide support. Prices are not yet available. Archelis
Nissan recently debuted a fleet of self-driving chairs for those who are too lazy to stand while they queue. Each ProPilot Chair has a sensor to detect when objects around them move, to prevent any collisions. In 2017, the chairs will be trialled in front of select restaurants in Japan. Nissan
The Telepathy Walker is a navigation device that hopes to succeed where Google Glass failed. The glasses incorporate augmented reality games, real-time translation, image sharing, GPS, and voice commands. It costs $699 each. Telepathy Walker
The soles of Orphe smart shoes ($399) feature nearly 100 LED lights and motion sensors. Aimed at dancers and performers, the wearer can create patterns by moving their feet. Orphe
The Orphe app enables users to control the color of the LED lights. Designed by No New Folk Studio, in Japan, the shoes' motion data and light patterns can be shared with others online. Orphe
The Moff bracelet for kids combines activity tracking and gaming. Costing $54,99, the colorful device uses a gyroscope, acceleration sensor and Bluetooth to recognize motion and encourage kids to get up and move. The wristband works with several apps that engage children. Moff
The Moff app tracks all kinds of data including calories burned, range of motion, balance, rhythm, and more. Bluetooth connections enable kids to air drum, cook, play tennis, or practice kickboxing together -- and compare their results. Moff
Using embedded micro speakers and customizable LED lights, Fun'iki Ambient Glasses (from $266) link up to your smart phone to alert you to emails, messages, scheduled events, stocks, and weather. When a user receives a notification, the sounds and colors emitted by the glasses help wearer decide whether or not they need to reach for their phone. Fun'iki
The glasses come with six LED lights, ambient light sensors to adjust intensity, Bluetooth, and an accelerometer, which measures the movement of the body. FUN'IKI