Technology and fashion. What better topic to cover on this blog? This week there is no shortage of coverage to review, from Fashion Week to Apple’s big iWatch reveal on Tuesday.
Starting with Fashion Week, we saw two designers present smart jewelry as part of their Spring/Summer 2015 collections. First, Rebecca Minkoff (with help from Case-Mate) unveiled a smart bracelet as an introduction to a collection of accessories that sync with phones to provide call and message alerts as well as double as a USB device. The bracelets communicate with your phone via a Bluetooth signal. There is also a mini charger in the collection, designed to fit in a small clutch. These accessories will be available at Rebecca Minkoff and Nordstrom stores just in time for holiday and range in price from $40 – $120.
Another newsworthy designer wearable came from Opening Ceremony, who collaborated with Intel to make fashionable bracelets dubbed MICA (or, My Intelligent Communication Accessory). At start, the features of the bracelet include SMS messages, meeting alerts and so-called “general notifications.” Unlike Minkoff’s BlueTooth enabled bracelet, the MICA is 3G enabled and does not rely on a phone for connectivity. The bracelets charge wirelessly and feature “premium finishes” like pearls and water snakeskin. These accessories will be sold at Barneys and Opening Ceremony stores this holiday season. No reports on price just yet.
Lastly is, of course, the Apple iWatch. Early next year, you can spend $350 to purchase a watch that syncs with your iPhone 5 or above. Features include Apple Pay, a slew of sensors, and six different bands to choose from.
Now we’ll watch as the public warms up to wearables that serve purposes beyond fitness tracking.
Lots of good coverage to check out around the web, including:
Quantifying the Runways at New York Fashion Week (Inc Magazine)
Tech Companies and Fashion Designers Try to Put the Wear in Wearables (Wall Street Journal)
Apple Smartwatch Boost to Wearables (Women’s Wear Daily)