It’s been an intensifying but successful year in the field of technology. It quickly became obvious that wearable technology would become much more after Startups like the early Fitbit and the infamous Pebble emerged. Pebble set record breaking numbers through crowdfunding campaigns and Fitbit became first publicly traded brand of its kind.
But lets admit it! Wearable technology can look “geeky” or straight up look awful with elegant attire. It’s difficult to argue against this, because some devices are simply “Super Mega Fugly“.
While looking through recent crowd funded startups I discovered that many are focused on a wearable technology fashion makeover. Tech startups for 2015 and 2016 know the importance of merging the two industries seamlessly into our lives. Let’s have a look at 5 of the most noteworthy.
5 Wearable Technology Fashion products
These 5 items are holding it down, bringing wearable technology and fashion together like never before.
Tyia by ViaWear
Giving technology a complete fashion makeover with likely the most discreet notifications ever along with a fitness tracker. Tyia has a wide variety of styles and metals for you to choose from. Praising them up in an article paid off “Smart Jewelry is Technically Fashionable” I was fortunate enough to win my own limited edition model with a choice of rose gold, sterling silver or gunmetal.
- 18k Gold Vermeil with White Quartz
- Sterling Silver with White Quartz
- Rose Gold with White Quartz
- Gunmetal Sterling Silver with White Quartz
- Walt Adler Special Edition
- Roseark Citrine Special Edition
This one will turn up the mood a bit. Backed by a team of 9 professionals, WellBe is a unique concept with an elegant appeal. designed to detect stress levels and provide advice towards lowering your stress. This stress relieving device can improve your overall well being. Mindfulness and meditation has been proven to dramatically decrease stress levels and The WellBe will help with exactly this. They surpassed their Indiegogo campaign goal at 143% with 22 days remaining. Expectations seem to be very high on this positive little arm band.
- Flow Model – with 3 designs
- Clear Model – Also 3 designs
- Heart rate monitor
- Personalized programs and playlists
- Focused Breathing
- Guided Imagination
Why put aside 100’s of years in perfecting the watch to put a computer on your arm? COGITO is a classic long lasting watch with smart features. Elegant technology with discreet notifications and a fitness tracker to go along with it.
COGITO Fit Highlights
- Activity Tracking
- Facebook Notifications
- Email Notifications
- Text Notifications
- Phone Battery Low
- Camera Control
- Water Resistant
This earlier startup was a grand challenger in Fitness trackers. Misfit knew that fashion was a problem and people were going to want more options. They solved this with a interchangeable fitness tracker. Choices of necklaces and arm jewelry designs will give them a huge advantage. Below is an IndieGogo video I found. Since then, they have partnered with Swarovski to design a very elegant fitness tracker. On top of it’s regular 3-4 month battery, they are also working on the Violet Swarovski Shine with energy crystals. This new model will be built to use solar energy! I’m not setting expectations for unlimited battery life but it will a step in the right direction.
- Fitness Tracking: Steps, biking, swimming, and swinging
- All metal design
- Interchangeable between upcoming necklaces and wristbands
- Piofiora Set
- Vio Set
- Slake Set
Never worry of air quality or environmental threats again because you’ll be able to sense everything around you. Scarab is a newer Kickstarter product that is currently undergoing lab testing. Successful in their campaign by 125% means they’ll be going ahead with manufacturing as soon as all of the bugs are ironed out in the lab. One can only imagine the testing and procedures required for 16 sensors. Take note that if you want the scarab engraved model, you’ll be looking for the premium Scarab Magic edition.
- Splash Resistant
- Ambient Light sensor
- UV Index sensor
- Gamma detector
- Relative Humidity sensor
- Noise Level detection circuit
- Digital Output Barometer
- 3D Magnetometer
- 3D Accelerometer
- GPS Module
- Three axis magnetic field sensor
- Liquid Petroleum Gas detector
- Carbon Monoxide detector
- Ozone detector
- Nitrogen Dioxide detector
While Fitbit holds 77% of the markets share of fitness trackers, and Apple owning over 50% share of smart watches. There is still a constant increase in new rivals. We know it’s not all about the tech giants. Fitbit has proven this already. Can these wearable technology fashion products make the impression that’s required for us to see smart technology on everyone? Ask yourself, would you wear any of these devices?