At the Technosensual exhibition in Vienna earlier this year, models sashayed down the runway in clothing rigged with sensors, speakers, and LEDs. Fashion of the future? Maybe, but hitting the street decked out in wearable tech has never been more today.
Some of the technology -- like the fleece with embedded video player that just went on sale at Macy's -- aims for fashion, while much of it aims for function.
Been noticing more jogging stats and maps running through your Facebook and Twitter feeds? Pedometer-style devices like the Fitbit Zip and Nike FuelBand kicked up the social this year, making it easy for users to share exercise data. The new Jawbone Up, meanwhile, added a feature that lets wearers find friends with Up accounts and invite them to join their team. A real-time social feed on the home screen tracks team performance.
Underscoring the big buzz around wearable fitness-tracking gear, the Pebble Smart Watch this year raised more than $8 million in just 15 days, shattering the previous fundraising record for the crowdfunding platform. As fast as wearable gadgets are racing along, however, we wouldn't advise going running in Google Glasses -- just yet.