Today, many gadgets are designed to monitor and improve our health and wellbeing. And, with the latest developments, we don’t need to carry around our favorite gadgets by hand — many of them are now wearable. In 2016, 61 million fitness, activity, and sports trackers were sold along with 14 million wearable cameras and 15 million virtual and augmented reality headsets.
Developing the wearable tech market
The trick with wearable tech products is that they must be nice to look at, as well as dependable and functional. This has been difficult, especially when it comes to items such as Bluetooth headsets and smartwatches, as they can often look out of place.
Brands like Samsung have strived to develop stylish smartwatches that work as a fashion accessory and health-focused tool. With colored leather straps and a circular face, brands are moving away from square screens and plastic straps, as they realize that smart-watches that look very digitalized don’t go down as well with the target market.
Another example of a fusion of fashion and tech is Levi, Jacquard and Google collaboration. The result of this gave us wearable technology that could be worn seamlessly with other clothes. For example, the Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket comes with its own app and you can control music with a few swipes of the sleeve. Innovations like this could be the start of fully-integrated wearable tech.