This year at SXSW, it’s all about wearable technology. Everyone’s talking about what we’ll be able to do with our clothes in the future. And while it’s fun to think ahead to what you MIGHT be able to get your hands on, or put your hands in, next year, there are high-tech fashion items available now. Here are a few interesting products I’ve heard people talk about:
- InPulse Smart Notification Watch
You don’t have to wait for the rumored Apple iWatch to check your text messages, email, or recent phone calls on your wrist. A few companies already have watches keeping you from relying on your phone for updates, including Inpulse’s Smart Notification Watch.
This device nags you when you slouch. Worn on your lower back, it vibrates when you need to straighten up and connects to your iPhone or iPad. You can also track your progress over time to see whether you’ve learned to maintain better posture.
- BodyMedia FIT LINK Armband
This is a Bluetooth-enabled system that measures calories burn and relative effort levels throughout the entire day to help manage fitness and weight loss goals. The device has four sensors that measure skin temperature, heat flux, and galvanic skin response; a 3-axis accelerometer built into the armband tracks motion/movement.
And if you’re into golf, there’s the glove that tracks your swing…
Have you tried any of these devices? What do you think of their performance, and how they look? What do you want your clothes to do for you? Let us know, and stay tuned. Tuesday I report on a tank top that doubles as a Pilates coach, and a dress that allows you to send messages to friends on Facebook.