The explosive expansion of technology has introduced a brand new take on fashion: wearable technology—where fashion and technology overlap. For example, one of the most popular “wearables” today are smartwatches—portable computers that you can conveniently wear on your wrist. Not only are smartwatches stylish and comfortable, but they also offer a multitude of resources and features.
The precursor to the smartwatch was the Fitbit. Fitbits are similar to the more modern Apple Watch but with a particular focus on fitness and health. Fitbits work by monitoring the data you want in your exercise regiment: how much and how fast you walk, run, swim, etc., as well as other vital statistics and variables such as your heart rate, calories burned, and the amount of rest in between activities.
However, wearable technology is not just limited to your wrist! “Smart glasses” like Amazon’s Echo Frames offer eyeglasses a new purpose. Echo Frames are no longer just a tool for enhancing poor vision but also a more practical, versatile, and hands-free device that allows full access to a personal virtual assistant on the go! Echo Frames let you check the news, talk with a friend, listen to music, or revise your shopping list.
The features of smart glasses continue to be enhanced, particularly in the work-in-progress project of AR (Augmented Reality) eyewear. Everysight Raptor was initially developed for cyclists who needed to keep their eyes on the road and wanted to monitor their cyclometer data. Like the Fitbit smartwatch, the Everysight Raptor glasses allow cyclists to monitor essential data such as their speed, distance, and heart rate. Their advanced features also include the unique ability to snap photos, record videos, and display maps with a continuous data flow to keep the cyclist on track.
Stylistically, both Echo Frames and Everysight Raptor glasses have minimal fashion choices since their creators have mostly focused on the technical aspects instead of its artistic appeal. Still, the glasses themselves have an innovative futuristic look that is more interesting than traditional eyewear.
So, what is next for wearable technology? There is still a lot of work and research to be done, but the innovations of smart glasses and watches offer us a glimpse into the potential of wearables in the future.
Current products could expand beyond accessories and into full-scale articles of clothing. Already, research is being conducted to create smart jackets that adjust to the user’s body temperature, shirts that can monitor respiratory and cardiovascular activity, and even shoes that inform the wearer on how to reach their intended destinations with the help of Google maps.
How far will wearable technology go is anyone’s guess. Will these smart devices remain as accessories or evolve into something further? Who knows, we are already wearing technology inside our bodies!
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