11 Ways Fashion Is Going Futuristic
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By Sara Tan
While we're a long way off from self-tying shoelaces and jackets that adjust to fit with a touch of the button, there have been plenty of cool new innovations in fashion lately. From a bracelet that monitors your sun exposure to an app that tracks down where to buy any piece of clothing, check out 11 ways high fashion is going high-tech.
Instant Gratification2 of 12
Ever use Shazam to identify a song? Brand new app ASAP54 does the same thing, but for clothes. If you see someone wearing a cute top, just snap a photo and the app will use visual recognition technology to search the Internet and locate where you can buy the same piece. If it doesn't find an exact match, the app's team of stylists sends you a list of similar options. Best of all, you can download this shopping tool for free.
Shape Up3 of 12
Even your fitness routine's going high-fashion. Fitbit and Tory Burch have partnered up to launch an exclusive collection of pendants, bracelets and wristbands that will hold the Fitbit Flex tracker, which is a wireless device that monitors your physical activity and calories burned, among other things. Sign up to find out when they'll be available this spring.
Ring True4 of 12
It's only a matter of time before this wearable device is on the market—it's already far surpassed its $250,000 Kickstarter goal. Ring captures and analyzes your hand gestures, then sends the data to your smart devices, allowing you to control almost anything you want. You can turn on the TV, switch off the lights, send texts and pay bills simply by swiping your finger in the air. Plus, it doubles as a cool piece of jewelry. Pledge $185 to the Kickstarter, and you'll receive one Ring by August.
Off the Cuff5 of 12
Feeling safe is a top priority, but so far, our options—pepper spray, safety whistles and so on—are limited. A personal security system called Cuff adds another layer of protection. If you're worried you might be in danger, press your Cuff to send an alert to a pre-selected network of family and friends, which they'll receive on their own Cuff or cell phone. Cuff will send out alerts until someone responds, and uses built-in Bluetooth technology to locate you. Pieces are available for pre-order now starting at $35.
Tag Along6 of 12
If you've ever misplaced a favorite purse or had your wallet stolen, you'll appreciate BringTag. Attach the small, stylish tracking device to any valuable, and it syncs up to your phone. If you know your item is somewhere in the room but can't find it, just activate the tag to ring. BringTag also features a built-in accelerometer, which means it can detect movement and alert you if your purse or wallet is on the move without you. The tags come in different colors, and are available for pre-order now at $19 each.
Under the Sun7 of 12
Make room on your wrist for June, a device that can be worn as a bracelet or a brooch and comes with a "jewel" equipped with UV sensors to monitor your daily sun exposure. Based on that information and your skin type, it gives sun-protection advice, letting you know when to lather on more SPF, wear sunglasses or head indoors. The device starts at $100 and comes in gunmetal, gold and silver, so it won't ruin your arm party game. Sign up here to find out when June will be available for purchase this summer.
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Oh, Snap8 of 12
Channel your inner fashion designer with Snaptee, a free app that lets you design graphic tees straight from your cell phone instead of relying on Photoshop or graphic stores. Simply upload your favorite photos to the app and customize the style, design and text. Once you're done, order your design as a cool T-shirt, sweatshirt or hoodie, starting at $20.
High Def9 of 12
Diamonds will never go out of style, but printing out your own bling just might be the future of jewelry. Kinematics offers a system for 3D printing that creates complex pieces, each constructed of thousands of tiny triangles connected by hinges, which allows the jewelry to mold and drape effortlessly onto your body. You can choose from the brand's own line of intricate nylon necklaces, earrings and bracelets, or design something yourself by using their online tool to customize style, density, color and size.
Geek Chic10 of 12
Unless you live in a hippie colony, you've probably heard of Google Glass by now, a wearable computer that lets you record video, send messages, ask Google anything and much more—all hands-free. But if you were having a hard time envisioning how to pull off those Star Trek-style specs, the glasses now come in four fashionable, flattering styles (think: more Warby Parker than Geordi La Forge).
Go Glam11 of 12
The new app Glamsquad lets you book a hairstylist for a house call. Your stylist will show up in less than an hour to provide a blowout, braid or updo. All you have to do is wash your hair and set up a spot where your stylist can plug their tools in. Best of all, prices are reasonable, starting at $50 for a blowout. Right now, Glamsquad is only available in New York City, but they have plans to expand to other cities soon.
Clear Head12 of 12
Wearing noise-canceling headphones isolates you from your surroundings and often presents a few safety concerns. These Vibso headphones, which look like a sleek acrylic headband, allow you to immerse yourself in music and remain aware of what's going on around you. This Bluetooth version uses a flexible glass band to transmit sound to your ears via vibrations, without cutting off all noise like clumsy padded headphones,. The Vibso's not on the market yet, but keep an eye out since it's gaining plenty of attention.
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