Wearable Tech: The Future of Fashion?

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Wearable tech is the latest talking point - but can it make waves in the field of fashion too?
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Technology has evolved at a rapid rate over the years with everything from smartphones to tablets becoming an intrinsic part of our lives. Devices have become smaller, thinner, lighter and quicker with time, but as manufacturers strive to develop up and coming models it seems there’s a new trend all ready to explode - and that's wearable technology. That’s right, according to analysts, 2015 looks set to be the year wearable tech goes mainstream, with a survey by Global WebIndex revealing that 64 per cent of internet users questions have either worn tech of this kind before or have a desire to do so. And while this sector might be in its infancy there have already been some great wearable gadgets released to the public, so let’s take a look at some of the best out there...
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Smart Watches

If you love decorating your wrist with a shiny timepiece, you’re sure to appreciate the incredible range of smart watches that have hit the shelves of late. With a range of designs available from big brands such as Pebble, Motorola and Samsung, there’s no shortage of choice but it’s the newly released Apple Watch which has caused the latest media frenzy. This wearable device allows you to do things you’re used to doing on your tablet/phone such as answering calls or Skyping relatives, but in a more convenient and less intrusive way. It can even do other supercool things that simply aren’t possible on a phone such as giving you a discreet tap when you receive a notification and monitoring your heart rate. What’s more, by swiping up you can check out bite size snippets of the content you view most often (such as Facebook or Gmail) and by swiping down you can see and act on your missed notifications. In short, smart watches are easily accessible and simple to use and the fact that they look good while they're at it makes them one of 2015’s most sought after fashion accessories.
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Fitness Bands & Bracelets

Why buy a regular bracelet when you can wear one that monitors your health and fitness levels too? Fitness trackers are big at the minute with many popular tech companies jumping on the bandwagon and unleashing an impressive range of highly-practical accessories. The Fitbit Charge HR, for instance, offer continuous heartrate tracking, whereas the Fitbit Surge allows you to track static cardio workouts. Both are available in a wide array of bright, eye-catching colours as is the Orbit activity tracker which uses in-built sensors to keep track of the steps you take, sleep patterns and number of calories burned, displaying information on your wrist via the Runtastic app. Moreover, if you’re an avid swimmer, the Garmin Swim waterproof watch will monitor your pool performance including how many strokes you do, the type of strokes you do and the distance covered. Fitness bracelets have already proved popular to date and it seems new designs from top tech companies are only set to fuel this growing craze. The all new Microsoft Band powered by Microsoft Health, for instance, is just one example of a super swanky device that can help you achieve your fitness goals and track your wellbeing. Not only does it monitor your heart rate, steps, calories burned and sleep quality but it can also help you become more productive at the same time, offering email and calendar alerts. Your own personal digital assistant, Cortana, will also look after you and make your life easier which is sure to appeal to anyone with a hectic lifestyle who is into fashion, tech and health in equal measure.
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Smart Glasses

Sunglasses, reading glasses and other kinds of eyewear have been fashionable for many years, so it’s perhaps no surprise that this kind of accessory has been given a tech makeover. Google Glass, for instance, is a wearable, voice-controlled Android device that resembles a pair of eyeglasses and displays a wealth of information directly in the user’s field of vision – clever, huh? Smart glasses like this offer an augmented reality experience by using visual, audio and location-based inputs to provide information. The glasses run special Glassswear apps that are optimised for the device and can also be controlled manually through voice commands as well as via a touchscreen on the frame. There are also other kind of smart glasses on the market including Vuzix 1200 Wrap Video Eyewear which can connect to your device enabling you to watch the movie of your choice – anytime, anywhere. These clever glasses offer an engaging, immersive cinematic experience while helping you to look cool at the same time.
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Tech Enhanced Clothes

Believe it or not, it’s not just fashion accessories that are being transformed by technology. Clothes themselves are also being revolutionised, with innovative ideas changing the fashion industry forever. Amy Winters, a designer from the Rainbow Winters clothing line, for example, created garments that respond to the environment. One of her dresses is made from holographic leather which begins to illuminate whenever there is a loud sound – imagine this in a nightclub! She has also come up with a bathing suit that reacts to sunlight with a central panel revealing many bright colours when it’s exposed to bright light.

Fashion designer Ying Gao also used eye-tracker technology to help invent a set of dresses that move when someone is looking at them. Essentially, when the garment is gazed at for long period of time, tiny motors move parts of the dress in patterns. And, to make it even cooler, each frock is weaved with glow-in-the-dark threads ensuring they well and truly stand out from the crowd.

Technology-enhanced garments and accessories are being seen more and more on catwalks across the globe and are part of a strong creative trend. There’s plenty of scope for breath-taking inventions that can certainly spice up the fashion world in coming years, so keep an eye out for the latest in wearable technology.
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