2015 Wearable Tech Trends: Swank Meets Science

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Ralph Lauren/OMSignal Offer the Polo Tech Shirt

First seen at the 2014 U.S. Open, the Polo Tech Shirt is a product of the collaboration between OMSignal and Ralph Lauren. Tennis Pro Marcos Giron and the ball boys for the tournament wore the shirt at the Open as part of the introduction to a more fashionable, less restrictive wearable technology. According to the Ralph Lauren site, the Polo Tech Shirt will be available in 2015 and promises to track and stream “real-time biometric data directly to your smartphone or tablet.”

Most first-generation wearable technologies are functional but far from highly fashionable. You will find them on the bodies of those who love to adopt the latest and greatest fitness gadgets and those dedicated geeks who regularly put form above fashion.

Wearables may have begun with Google Glass, FitBit, Nike+ Fuel Band and the like, but the future is wide open. Gartner predicts that wearable electronic fitness device sales will grow to 68.1 million units in the next year. But for that to happen, it would seem that the designs might need to change to meet the needs and tastes of the users. Tech companies and fashion designers both seem to agree that the wearables of tomorrow will likely be fashion that incorporates technology instead of the other way around.

Designers who’ve already jumped at the chance to assist in creating wearable tech 2.0 include Diane Von Furstenberg, Tory Burch, Ralph Lauren and Rebecca Minkoff. They are looking to catch the eyes of the fashionistas along with the minds of the tech gurus.

Other companies have also decided to put style on equal footing with technology. In the coming year, we will likely see the design of smartwatches and other wearable gadgets look very similar to non-tech, fashion counterparts. Let’s take a look at the most chic tech available now and in the coming months.


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