Instead of swerving into sci-fi world with alien-looking gadgets, technology is (wisely) heading towards a subtler combination of functionality and fashion. Check out the latest gadgets that you can slip on for a progressive, fashion-forward head-to-toe look.
1. Nail Watch
Keep time on your thumbnail with TX54's newest concept, the nail watch.
Designed by TX54, which came in second in a global design competition organised by international watch brand Timex, this disposable timepiece can be worn on the user's thumbnail as a timekeeping device and a fashion accessory.
The device is transluscent with a selection of text colour options and a glow feature that activates on command. It blends in with the nail almost like nail polish, except that it has a cool user interface and a functional, minimalist edge to it.
Although the device does not contain as many functions as other smartwatches in the market, its disposability indicates lower prices for anyone who desires fashionable technology that is still affordable.
2. Google Glass
The Google glass is effectively a wearable computer allowing users to see and interact using voice commands.
Google Glass is possibly one of the hottest devices in the market used by anyone, ranging from the savvy nerd to British surgeons, as it allows users to basically wear a computer on their heads.
With an optical head-mounted display and voice activation, users are able to see and interact with it hands-free. Users are able to take a picture, record a video on the 4GB flash memory on the device simply by voice command. There is also a touchpad on the right side allowing users to swipe and access different features. The potential of the gadget is almost limitless, with many new possibilities of usage popping up every day.
It was released to the public last month at US$1,500 (S$1,873).
3. Sony SmartBand
The Sony Smartband has a removable tracker that monitors your fitness and acts as a leash for your smartphone.
This fitness tracker in a soft silicone casing records your physical, social and entertainment activities, from the number of steps taken to monitoring your sleep cycle. It must also be paired with a smartphone (any device running Andoid KitKit 4.4) via Near Field Communication (NFC) technology or Bluetooth. Sony's Lifelog app allows you to control music, track your movements and be notified when you get a call, text or email through its vibrations.
The Core (the battery and brain of the band) is waterproof, easily removable, and comes with an open micro-USB port. It also acts as a leash for your smartphone by buzzing whenever you are too far away from your smartphone.
It is available at Sony stores and online for US$99.99 (S$125) and comes in a range of vibrant colours.
4. The D-shirt
Made with smart-sensing fabric, the D-shirt tracks your fitness while still being lightweight and washable.
Made from a special smart-sensing fabric woven with micro-sensors, the D-shirt records your heart rate, GPS, location, route, speed and altitude. It sends information to an app on your smartphone via Bluetooth, allowing you to record your progress during a run and view a summary of your performance at the end.
Product developers also say that it can notify the runner when he or she is pushing too hard and risking a heart attack. The garment is lightweight, no heavier than a normal shirt, and can be washed and ironed.
It is invented by French company Cityzens Sciences, which is currently in talks with British retailers to release the product later this year.