If we go by Gartner’s prediction, a day will soon come when wearable technology will be a part of our closet. The report states that smart clothes will make the biggest wearable sector by 2016 by beating smartwatches and fitness bands. 26 million smart garments are expected to be shipped in 2016. More and more companies are developing clothes and accessories which have smart technology integrated in them. The rise in wearable fashion gives us a clear indication that the day is not far when each of us will have at least one wearable tech cloth or accessory in our wardrobe. Here are a few developments which show the rapid advancement of wearable technology.
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This is a gemstone ring which connects to a smartphone. It will light up or vibrate when the user receives an email, text or phone call. Christina Mercando created the Ringly with focus more on design rather than technology.
She said “I wanted my jewelry to remind me of important notifications so I wouldn’t have to keep my phone out all of the time. We didn’t want something that was bulky and techy or replaced your phone in any way. Our goal was to make something you’d want to wear even if the technology was not there.”
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- Tzukuri Eyewear
With this eyewear, you will never have to worry about losing your sunglasses. Every time you leave behind your sunglass, you will get a notification. A Bluetooth device is integrated in a pair of sunglasses which sends notification to your iPhone. With the app installed in your iPhone, it will also recognize if you have left your phone behind and will ring more loudly to alert you.
- Wearable Technology from CuteCircuit
This London-based company combines telecommunications, LEDs and smart textiles to develop clothes like jackets, dresses and even purses which display tweets and digital patterns. Singer Katy Perry had worn one of their creations to the Met Gala in 2010. The dress had more than 3,000 color changing LEDs. The company had even designed the K dress for Selfridges.
They have recently developed garments which are Bluetooth connected and can be controlled using their Q App.
These developments in the wearable clothing and accessories department give us an indication that we will soon end up with smart wearables in our closet. While some feel that this is just a gimmick, others believe that wearable technology will provide us with garments or accessories which will solve particular requirements of the wearer.
What do you think about the future of wearable fashion? Will you add such clothing to your wardrobe? We would love to hear your thoughts.