Racked is right — wearable tech is not a future trend. It’s already here!
We first got a taste of fashion-meets-tech at Diane von Furstenburg‘s Spring 2013 show in which models wore the much-hyped Glass by Google eyewear. Alexander Wang‘s Spring 2013 collection featured glow-in-the-dark clothing and accessories (shown above), while Oakley’s Airwave goggles, which feature integrated GPS and Bluetooth, were a bestseller of the holiday season. Similarly, tech has become a mainstay in winter accessories: gloves now feature smart phone-friendly fingertips and earmuffs have built-in headphone speakers.
And the trend isn’t just fashionable, futuristic and practical: Financial Times is reporting that wearable tech is good for your health, too. Companies like ElectricFoxy, whose ‘Move’ yoga outfit features sensors that buzz when the wearer’s posture is incorrect, and First Warning Systems, which is developing a bra that can detect breast cancer in its early stages by sensing the changing temperature of tissue, are taking wearable tech to a life-saving level.
We’re still waiting on hoverboard technology, but these Back To The Future-worthy picks in the slideshow above are mind-blowing enough to hold us over until then.