Is the latest wearable technology becoming fashionable?

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It seems strange that in years to come we might look back scornfully on our primitive old clothes and accessories as not having any ‘technological capability’. What exactly could your sportswear do that would make life easier? How could you be physically safer by wearing the right accessories?

It seems that these issues might not be merely pie-in-the-sky techno fantasy. Take the Cuff accessories range of bracelets, pendants and rings for example: Cuff products are designed not only to look like stylish adornments to your wardrobe, they also have a practical function; they’re a jewellery based panic button, alerting your ‘protective circle’ of any danger you may be exposed to.

Cuff synchs a physical accessory/product with a telephone app. You programme into your telephone app the people you want to feature in your protective circle – friends, family, emergency services – and the Cuff system alerts them to your whereabouts when you press the button installed on your jewellery.

The lines between paranoid and practical are obvious, but the Cuff device does seem to err on the side of practical.

The UP products combine personal well-being with wearable accessories, meaning you’re much more in tune with your health than you could be by mere guess work. Wear a product like the Jawbone UP bracelet and you can monitor how many steps you’ve taken, sleeping patterns and food intake. Maybe in the future your all-important personal health will be less of a vague science. Scary and intrusive, or helpful – you decide.

Samsung Galaxy Gear smart-watches could be a necessity for anyone who needs to be constantly online with their social media alerts systems. Maybe the watches could become standard company issue in the workplace in years to come:

We could see people wandering around foreign cities navigating by Google Glass with interesting prompts and suggestions through the lenses. We could even be translating dialogue through our cyber spectacles.

Many of you will have seen the dress made up of Nokia Lumia 1520s at London Fashion Week as gimmicky and pointless, but as well as being a clever process of synching images, the dress could be interpreted as a statement about how wearable tech could have a role to play in the future.


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