Wearable technology also referred to as wearables
is a hot topic for sure. The concept is so exciting because it is
a perfect marriage between two super important industries. What
could be more fascinating then merging fashion with tech
Wearable technology is essentially wearable devices
that utilize electronics or some other aspect of technological
innovation. The wearables can come in the form of clothing,
footwear, accessories, and items we have not yet even begun to
contemplate. The designs often incorporate practical functions
and features, but may also have an aesthetic agenda. Clothing and
accessories incorporating computer and advanced electronic technologies
are the way of the future. Fashion electronics are part of modern
society and are clearly on a significant growth path. We are only
limited by our imagination.
The industry has already been hard at work
developing high tech bras, computerized eyewear, bracelets that monitor
our health, etc. Tech may be found in hats, hoodies, sneakers,
jewelry, and every other garment or fashion accessory that we can
Jacket sleeves that vibrate to point people in the
Bras that monitor overeating.
Virtual reality headsets.
Rings for making punching sounds while practicing
GPS monitoring for children and the elderly.
Medical notifications for diabetes, etc. (possibly
ways to automate injections).
Bracelets for fitness monitoring.
Smart hoodies to read our thoughts.
Body heat altering clothing for camouflage.
The list of possibilities goes on and on.
Here are a few of the ideas we have seen:
Wearable technology is related to both the field of
ubiquitous computing and the history and development of wearable
computers. With ubiquitous computing, wearable technology share the
vision of interweaving technology into the everyday life, of making
technology pervasive and interaction friction less.
The calculator watch, introduced in the
1980s, was one original piece of widespread worn electronics. A
few decades later, Sony Ericsson teamed up with the London College of
Fashion for a contest to design digital clothing, and the winner was a
cocktail dress with Bluetooth technology making it light up when a call
is received. On April 16, 2013, Mountain View corporation Google
allowed for those that pre-ordered its wearable glasses at the 2012
Google I/O conference to pick up the device. This day marked the
official launch of Google Glass, a device that brings rich text and
notifications as well as other information straight to your eyes. The
device also had a 5 MP camera and records 720p. Its various
functions are activated via voice command. In our opinion, the
future will continue with tech accessories until everyone is comfortable
with the concept of implants.
Our new great idea:
How about wearing fake nails that are screens so
you can change the color or images on your nails at the touch of a
button? Maybe this will be Apparel Search’s contribution to
fashionistas around the world…
As fashion designers and programmers continue to
work together amazing products are coming our way. I for one, am
looking forward to seeing what comes next.
Relevant Technology for wearables:
E-Paper and Electronic Ink
Near Field Communication
Top Shop Wearable Tech for Payments
adidas miCoach Fitness Watches & Trackers
Project Jacquard & Project Soli
Sony Smart Glasses
Microsoft Band Wearable Technology
Tory Burch Wearable Tech
Smart Fashion from Samsung
Nike Exits Wearable Tech
Tech Watch at 2014 World Cup
Google Glass Tech Eyewear
BeBop Wearable Smart Fabric
You are welcome to discuss this topic in the
fashion community on Google+.
Mashable also has a nice flow of news regarding this
topic. You can learn more about
Wearable Technology on the Mashable site.