Wearable Technology: 2014’s Best Accessory

For a short period of time, wearable technology seemed like a futuristic idea. But with so many products making their way into the scene, wearable technology has become the norm in our society. From tech watches, such as the Galaxy Gear watch and the Apple Watch, to fitness and health devices like the Nike fuelband and Fitbit, these products have found a place in our everyday lives and in a fashionable manner.

Apple announced the launch of its latest technology, the Apple Watch, said to release in early 2015. This product is not the first of its kind, but it looks to have some competitive features; one in particular being its stylish design. The Apple Watch comes in array of different designs and colors to personalize it to whatever style you like. There is a sports version, a stainless steel version, and if you are going for a real classy look, there is even an 18-karat gold version. Sure the device can text, play music, track your fitness records, and a plethora of other impressive features, but is it the fashion statement that will attract most of its buyers?

Photo credit: https://www.apple.com/watch/design/
Photo credit: https://www.apple.com/watch/design/

This mixture of wearable technology and fashion looks to be an ongoing trend among tech companies. Several other companies have announced collaborations with famous fashion designers as a way to give their products a fashion-forward edge. Fitbit has partnered with Tory Burch to create trendy bracelets and necklaces to turn you health-tracking device into a stylish accessory.

Photo credit: http://www.fitbit.com/
Photo credit: http://www.fitbit.com/

Google Glass is another company taking on its own spin of wearable and trend-setting technology. What first started as a bulky pair of glasses with a small computer screen bulging from the side, has now taken a more sleek approach to its product. Google Glass has partnered with fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg to create trendy glasses that look more like everyday wear while still maintaining the same technological features as the first model. The new frames and colors offered give Google Glass a slightly more wearable look, don’t you think?

Photo credit: https://www.google.com/glass/start/
Photo credit: https://www.google.com/glass/start/

That trend of fashion and technology may be just starting, but I think it is only the beginning of its success. Similar to fashion, technology has evolved into our everyday lives and has quickly become a part of us. As consumers and early adopters, we take pride in personalizing our tech devices to give them a more unique feel that fits our personality. Just as we all spend so much time shopping for that perfect outfit that must’ve been “made for us”, it doesn’t seem too far off that we will be deciding which wearable technology design best fits our personal style.

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