7 stylish wearable tech trends
Sheena Lin | Aug 9, 2017
Title: Editor
Topic category: Fashion

Is it just us, or is everything ‘activated’ these days – almonds, now apparel. Wearable tech is super cool, but let’s be honest, it can also be super ugly.

Finally, the geeks are starting to collaborate with style gurus around the world, to create smart clothing and accessories that won’t offend the fashion police. And it’s not just things that go bing – tech giants like Google are investing big bucks into the development of smart fabrics, with interactive technology literally woven into clothing fibres.

More than half of all Australians now own some sort of wearable device – mostly smart watches and fitness trackers. Our appetite for clever, connected gadgets and gear is growing faster than ever before, and the fashion world is taking notice.

From jewellery to jeans, watches to wallets, ‘smart’ style is everywhere, and worldwide revenue from wearable devices is projected to double over the next three years. And the challenge for designers is fusing tech with construction.

Aussie Ben Moir, co-founder of activated yoga apparel brand Wearable X, believes “technology should empower the human experience, not overtake it.” His new label’s activated tights are designed with “technology seamlessly integrated, allowing their beauty and design to take centre stage.”

We take a look at a few of the latest pieces of high tech apparel to pop on your shopping list.

1 – Jewellery, Ringly

No need to be rude during dinner. Bluetooth sends information from your phone straight to your smart (and pretty, too) bracelet or ring.

Subtle vibrations and light changes let you know when important messages come in. The jewellery also tracks your activity – steps taken, calories burned etc – with an app to track your progress.


2 – Commuter Trucker Jacket, Levi’s

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At first sight, this looks like a fairly unremarkable denim jacket – well, it’s not. Google worked with the jeans giant to weave technology right into the fibres, creating interactive fabric.

Just swipe and tap your jacket sleeves to do things like get directions, play music and take calls. Set to hit stores around September, this changes everything.


3 – Nadi X Yoga Wear, Wearable X

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Looking to nail that downward dog? You need smarter pants. Sydney born start-up, Wearable X, launched a range of yoga gear in May, and already they’re winning over fitness fans worldwide.

Receive feedback to adjust your body position and how long to hold your pose for, live, via pulsing, haptic (and apparently quite gentle) vibrations.


4 – The Human Fit Suit, Samsung

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Earlier this year, the Korean megacorp debuted a ‘smart suit’, which allows the wearer to unlock their phone, send digital business cards and control other devices too.

Available only in Korea at this stage, expect more like this coming soon.


5 – Smart Coat, Emel+Aris

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They look like beautifully tailored coats in classic silhouettes, but we hear wearing one is like hugging a hot water bottle. Concealing a clever, infrared heating system, this new British coat collection for men and women could change your winter commute forever.


6 – Powered Sports Bra, SUPA

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The cleverest underwear we’ve ever seen. Up your workout with a sports bra that tracks your heart rate, using soft, biometric fibres built right into the fabric.

Your bra syncs up with a special app to track how you’re doing. If only it could push us out of bed on a cold, winter’s morning too…


7 – Leaf, Bellabeat

A health tracker crafted from wood and coated stainless steel, this one’s just for the girls. The leaf tracks your activity, sleep and your menstrual cycle, letting you know when you’re stressed – and guiding you through meditation exercises when you are.

Wear it as a necklace, bracelet, or just clip it on. And don’t worry about another device needing nightly charging, the Leaf’s batteries last six months.


Lucy Cleeve |Jun 29, 2017
Tags: Google, Ringly, Levi’s, Wearable X, Samsung, Emel+Aris, SUPA, Bellabeat
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