At thein 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 thethat 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 theand kicked up the social this year, making it easy for users to share exercise data. The new , 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, thethis 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 -- just yet.