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Wearable Technology: The Head to Toe Guide

July 30, 2014 11:03 am Published by

As online retailer Amazon launched its dedicated store for wearable technology in the UK recently, we got to thinking about the array or weird and wonderful wearable technologies that have come to fruition!

Of course, of late, much attention has been paid to Google Glass. Effectively a wearable, voice controlled computer, it allows you to shoot video, take pictures and broadcast what you’re seeing to the world, all via a device attached to your glasses. Incredibly sophisticated and innovative technology, Google Glass comes, unsurprisingly, with a hefty price tag (1500 USD to be precise). And that’s not its only snag, with many raising concerns over the issue of privacy and critiquing the product for being too ‘geeky’.

In which case, if you are one of the the select, stylish few in possession of a Google Glass, you may also want to invest in an ‘invisibility cloak’! First produced in the 2000s by Japanese scientists, the coat is made using retro-reflective projection technology – a process which superimposes the virtual world onto the real world. The coat contains a camera which takes in the scene behind the wearer. Consequently, the image is projected onto the coat so that the wearer appears virtually transparent through a viewfinder!

Admittedly, an invisibility cloak is probably something you’d want to save for extra special occasions. Otherwise it might just lose its wow factor! Other modern inventions that double up as everyday fashion items include wireless mobile charging trousers and shoes that connect to the internet.

Indeed, only last month British designer Adrien Sauvage debuted trousers that allow you to charge your phone on the go, simply by putting it in your pocket. Containing a Nokia DC-50 wireless charging plate, which is stitched behind the material in one of the pockets, the trousers keep your mobile powered up. Unfortunately they’re not yet available meaning that, God forbid, when your phone drains of life on the commute to work you might have to engage in eye contact or, even worse, actual conversation with a stranger! However, it is predicted  they will be on the market soon and will be priced at around £200 GBP. Or in Dollars, they will sell for around $340.

In terms of footwear, Lechal, an Indian startup company, has recently revealed their internet connected shoes which connect to Google Maps and guide the wearer with small vibrations. Originally designed for the visually impaired, the Lechal shoes (which means ‘take me along’ in Hindi) offer obvious benefits for fitness.Loaded with sensors to record distance travelled and calories burned, the shoes will be on sale as of September of this year and are expected to priced at £80 GBP .

So there you have it, a head to toe guide in weird and wonderful wearable technology! 

 

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This post was written by Kayleigh Driscoll

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