The New Wave of Wearable Tech: Fashion Meets Function
The days of black, clunky smartwatches are over. Today’s wearable technology offers stylish options that match your fashion personality. It is well crafted and visually pleasing, and it combines fashion, form and function.
As the integration of technology into fashion continues to evolve, you are lucky enough to reap the benefits. Here are some of the latest fashionable and functional pieces of wearable tech that can be used at home or on the go.
The Luxe version of the ever-favorite Fitbit has a small OLED screen and is available in colored leather and shiny metals. The quick-release band helps it look more like a bracelet than a fitness tracker. The Fitbit Alta tracks the usual steps, distance, calories burned, active time and sleep. This device is compatible with iPhone, Android and Windows Phone via Bluetooth 4.0. You can look forward to a Tory Burch Alta band coming soon.
Mobile phones aren’t what they used to be as they continue to get more and more sophisticated. Enter the new LG G5. Its first-ever modular design allows you to personalize the handset to meet your daily needs. British action actor (and hottie) Jason Statham is the face of the phone and if he says to buy it, then you might want to do just that. Other features you will enjoy include a fingerprint sensor, easy-access slide out battery, dual rear-facing cameras with ultra-wide-angle lenses, and compatible LG Friends (LG360 VR, LG360 CAM, LG CAM PLUS).
Protect your phone or tablet with a cover from one of your favorite fashion houses, such as Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Dolce & Gabbana, Coach or Christian Louboutin.
Swarovski Supreme USB Pendant
Swarovski never ceases to amaze. They continue to move with the times and create stunning jewelry, watches and decorations that integrate technology, but you’d never know it. Australian designer Simone Rossmann has developed a rectangular Moonlight crystal pendant that contains a hidden 8GB USB key. This versatile Swarovski product combines fashion and functionality and hangs on an 80 cm rose gold-plated or stainless steel chain featuring the swan logo.
Other Swarovski USB accessories include crystalline stardust pens, key rings, sparkling memory sticks and silk bracelets.
Ringly Gemstone Ring
Don’t let your smartphone control you any longer. With Ringly’s technology-enabled rings, you can be connected to your phone even when it’s tucked away in your handbag. The specialty rings pair with your phone and send customized notifications through subtle light and vibration. The stylish rings are made from semi-precious gemstones like Black Onyx and Pink Chalcedony and are set in gold-plated metal. The battery lasts 24 to 48 hours and charges in four hours. You would never guess that underneath the ring’s stone lie a motor, battery, accelerometer and light. Ringly is novel and cool and you should splurge on one, stat.
Ricky Bag with Light
Never dig in your bag in the dark again if you own Ralph Lauren’s Ricky Bag with Light. The interior is illuminated by LED lights that activate when the bag is opened. In addition, the handbag features a USB port that can charge your mobile phone. Not only is it handcrafted in Italy and made from the finest calfskin leather, but it is adorned with lovely rose-gold-plated-brass hardware. Expect to shell out $5K for this luxury handbag. Ouch!