Fashionable wearable technology
NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - The wearable technology market, which is now estimated to be around $3 billion to $5 billion, is projected to reach $30 billion to 50 billion in the next few years, and part of that is a huge focus on fashionable wearables.
Let's start out with smart watches. The Apple Watch is one of the most popular wearables, and it joined forces with Hermes to release a dressed up version complete with a luxurious leather band.
On the more affordable end of the luxury spectrum, Michael Kors is now releasing its own Android smart watch for men and women. And what we're seeing is a trend toward watches that look like any other dressy watch but are actually smart watches.
Speaking of disguising technology, several designers are now doing that with activity trackers. Tory Burch created a beautiful Fitbit case that transforms your Fitbit into jewelry. Swarovski took it to the next level with its Shine product that looks like a giant crystal but is actually an activity tracker that can be worn as a bracelet or necklace.
Perhaps the most high-tech of all, fabrics that are now being embedded with technology. PoloTech shirt is woven with fibers that monitor your heart rate and vitals and sync up with an app to adjust your workout plan based on your performance.
And Levi's is collaborating with Google to create a jacket that allows bikers to access their phone and apps like Spotify by simply swiping the jacket's sleeve.
Of course, this is just the beginning and we'll be sure to see many more amazing fashionable innovations as the market expands. Bottom line, though, it's now easier than ever to be connected and fashionable at the same time.