Wearables are a new form of technology that people can wear. Some popular items include the Fitbit and similar fitness trackers, Apple Watch and Google Glass. However, up until this year, wearables have been kind of…well…unwearable. They are marked by a specific “technology” look, that is fine for some, but certainly blocks others from becoming interested in wearables. However, the outlook for the future is looking good. Literally.
This year, Ralph Lauren created the Polotech shirt, which is a t-shirt to be worn during working out that can track a bunch of your body metrics in real time, with the help of your iPhone or Apple Watch. There was also a unique collaboration between activity tracker creator Misfit and Swarovski crystals. The two companies collaborated to create a stylish tracker that is more attractive to the more fashion oriented.
However, for 2016 it seems like the wearables market will actually be growing, but you probably won’t see as many of them! That’s because fashion designers and tech developers are working on how to incorporate technology into garments and pieces of jewelry, instead of vice versa. One nice example is the Ringly device, which is a ring you can wear on your hand to alert you to different events on your device, such as calls or texts, so you can keep your attention on whatever you’re doing without pulling out your phone and checking it.
Google has an initiative called Project Jacquard which seeks to integrate technology into fabrics of the future. The developers there seek to turn every day objects – like your clothes – into something with which you can interact. Thus, to further this goal, they have created conductive yarns and tiny circuits that would go largely unnoticed in wearables.
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