Wearable Technology: Stylecab's Top 3 Picks
These days, technology is starting to play an increasingly more important role in the fashion industry. As the two worlds edge closer and closer together, 'wearable tech' is no longer considered something reserved only for 'nerds' and 'geeks'. Diane Von Furstenberg sent her models down the runway at her Spring 2014 show in New York wearing specially designed GoogleGlass styles which she designed and Tory Burch has recently collaborated on a line of jewellery to house Fitbit's biometric tracking technology. It seems like everyone's try to jump on the bandwagon of wearable tech these days. While some products, such as Diane Von Furstenberg's GoogleGlass and the ToryBurch x Fitbit collaboration literally combine 'smart' technology with everyday clothing or accessories items, other brands are investing more dollars into developing technology to improve their products, such as Adidas has recently done with their new Boost technology. With so many new buzzy brands out there, Stylecab has rounded up our Top 3 picks for the best wearable technology we've come across lately, specifically in the fitness and wellness sector. Check them out below and see how they could potentially improve your health, in style!
Tory Burch's collaboration with Fitbit to create a range of stylish jewellery in which to house Fitbit's technology has been making headlines in the fashion and technology industries lately. Fitbit is a small device which tracks steps, distance and calories burned. You can set daily goals and the device will also keep track of your progress. At night, it can track your sleep cycle and help you learn how to sleep better. It also wakes you up silently in the morning. The data that Fitbit collects can be accessed by its wearer at anytime on your computer tablet, iPhone or Android. Fitbit teamed up with Tory Burch to create a fashionable way to wear your Fitbit tracker; hence, Tory designed a range of jewellery to house the tracker, all in her signature Upper East Side chic style.
Michael Bastian has long been a favourite name in the menswear design field. His designs are masculine with a tailored spin--classic American sportswear. So when Hewlett-Packard approached GILT to design a smart watch together, GILT suggested that they team up with Michael Bastian to head up the design of the watch. What has resulted is a clean and cool looking design that men all over the world are sure to want for themselves. Details on the device have not yet completely been released, but it's being reported that the watch will sync up to an iOS/Android app, allowing its wearer to receive email and text message notifications, control music remotely and even check the weather as well as financial market and sports updates. It will most probably also provide biometric tracking capabilities similar to other smart watches on the market. It will be sold through GILT come this fall.
Adidas' new 'Boost' technology hit the market in 2013, but it has recently hit the headlines again for the ways in which it is predicted to transform the game of basketball this year with the release of their 'Crazylight Boost' basketball shoe. The 'Boost' technology was designed to give off more energy return than traditional midsoles found in sneakers. Made up of thousands of micro TPU balls squeezed together as a cushioning unit, the 'Boost' sole is said to add "noticeable bounce to your step the instant you put the shoes on," according to The Sneaker Report. Also, unlike regular EVA foam which loses energy in extreme temperatures, 'Boost' foam performs at optimum levels even in 40+ or -20 degrees Celsius.
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