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Fashion-forward Tech: 7 Stylish and Innovative Tech Finds

With the recent releases of smartphones, smartwatches and other wearables that are stylish and fashionable in design, it’s hard not to imagine how technology can make a big impact on the fashion scene.

There are already smartwatches, activity trackers or monitors, and other intricate wearable gadgets in the market today, but are there still more? Here are 7 genius and practical wearable tech that some companies are putting out for those who want to be both stylish and techy in their home, office, or even on the road:

Image from fitbit.com

Image from fitbit.com

1.Fitbit Surge

Specifically designed to focus on the user’s well-being, the Fitbit Surge is a smartwatch capable of automatic and continuous tracking of heart rate through the Pure Pulse Heart Monitor.  It can track the user’s steps, distance and even the number of floors climbed.  And once the user is done exercising or training, it can give you the number of calories burned.

Aside from tracking your active minutes, it can also automatically monitor your sleep as well as set up a silent alarm. The Fitbit Surge is the perfect companion for fitness enthusiasts who want to stay fit and healthy.

Image from engadget.com

Image from engadget.com

2.Garmin Bike Headset

Biking is one of the most effective exercises that we can do to burn all those excess calories. Apart from exercise, biking could also be an exciting activity as it involves exploration and sightseeing. But with the incredibly unpleasant traffic conditions in the Philippines, biking could also be dangerous on a busy road.

In order for bikers to be safer and more aware of their environment while riding, Garmin recently announced the Varia Vision, a smart bike headset that not only gives statistics and updates about the traffic in a specified route, but it also gives essential cycling data (like giving directions and rating your performance). It comes with an integrated Varia Rearview Radar that alerts the user about the traffic behind.  Hence, the biker no longer needs to turn his head around every now and then.  He can just focus on the road ahead.  The Varia Vision is also capable of giving updates on oncoming traffic.

Image from fwisewear.com

Image from fwisewear.com

3.Wisewear Safety Bracelet

Who knew that a piece of jewelry can save lives?  Wisewear, a company that excels in fusing fashion and technology, launched their smart bracelet.  It is an accessory that acts as a notifier whenever you have texts or emails on your smartphone (as the bracelet has a Bluetooth chip called The Socialite built inside it) , as a fitness monitor to track your health and well-being, and most importantly, as an alarm that sends distress signals to loved ones if the user is in danger. The accessory can help users stay safe and protected while on the go.

Image from trendhunter.com

Image from trendhunter.com

4.Belty, the Smart Belt

Belty is a high-tech belt that does a lot of things. Aside from its self-adjusting feature that is really useful whenever you need your pants to be loose or tight, Belty also “talks” and communicates with its user. By simply tapping the buckle, the smart belt would often note how you are walking or climbing the stairs.  It would even challenge you to climb more.   And if you are just static or not moving at all, Belty would advise you to move, drink more water, to stand up straight, or to find new habits to do every once in a while.

The belt can be connected to a smartphone through the Belty app.  The app can track your old and new habits or goals. Belty comes in a premium quality brown or black leather made entirely in France. The belt is not only techy, but it is also fashionable thanks to the quality and durability of its materials.

Image from swarovski.com

Image from swarovski.com

5.Swarovski Vio Set

Probably the most elegant tech accessory on this list, the Swarovski Vio Set is a smart jewelry that can be used either as a watch or as pendant depending on your outifit or style for the day. The highlight of the Vio Set is its sophisticated Activity Crystal, which measures every activity and sleep.  And similar to a smartwatch, it can also be synced to a smartphone.  What is unique about the Vio Set is that you can attach and detach the Activity Crystal to either the pendant carrier or a white sports band.  Simply attach the crystal to the sports band when you are exercising in the gym or you can place it in the pendant carrier for a more sophisticated and fashionable look while in the office or out on a date.

Image from huawei.com

Image from huawei.com

6.Huawei Watch

The Huawei Watch acts just like any other smartwatch.   It connects to your smartphone, it notifies you when you have a text, call, or email, and it tracks a few physical activities like walking or running. But what’s interesting about the Huawei Watch is that it is not limited to just Huawei products or mobile devices.   And while most smartwatches can only be used on Android devices, the Huawei smartwatch is both iOS and Android compatible.   So you can actually use the smartwatch in almost every smartphone from any brand available in the market.

Aside from its “universal” feature, the Huawei Watch comes in leather or a metal strap.  As such, this smartwatch can be worn with any specific style and taste in fashion.

Image from google.com

Image from google.com

7.Project Jacquard Clothing

A collaboration between Levi’s and Google, Jacquard is a new type of yarn –a highly conductive material that can act similarly to asmartphone’s  touchscreen. Every touch registered in the fabric can be connected and signaled wirelessly in any mobile device.  This will save the user’s time from picking up or digging for their devices in their bags or pockets.  A simple swipe and flick of their clothing can give the user access to their devices.

The collaboration team is still working on implementing this technology into any type of clothing.  So your typical pants or jeans might eventually have touchscreen features once the project is perfected. (Christian Abe Garcia)