We can all remember when the epitome of hip and tech-savvy was a flip phone encased in leather and strapped to your belt. Today, tech has progressed and so has acceptable fashion. From smart watches clad in 24 carat gold to health meters built into designer clothes, it’s safe to say that the days of phone holsters are over. If you need proof of this shift, read on.
The tech accessory maker CaseMate teamed up with designer Rebecca Minkoff to create a gold and black lacquer bracelet that notifies you of events on your phone. Through gentle vibrations the $120 fashion statement alerts you of phone calls, texts and emails. And the best part is that the device itself looks nothing like a piece of tech. In fact, it could easily be worked into any upscale wardrobe and no one would ever guess that it was actually a high tech piece of gadgetry.
The Shine by Misfit is a small disk that tracks movement and alerts you to your phone’s activity. What sets the little pendant apart is two-fold. First of all, it comes in nine different colors. And probably more importantly, you can insert it into different color bands, necklaces, clips and other items so you can always work the device into your daily outfit. With a starting price of only $69 it can also fit most any budget.
The Mota Smart Ring is, as the name implies, a ring that sports a surprising number of features. Not only does the ring vibrate for alerts of most any kind, it also has a display for showing a small amount of text information, such as caller ID. It only comes in a gloss black and gloss white and the size is fairly substantial, meaning that this item may be geared more toward men. But if you have an extra $200 to spend for a pre-order of the Mota Smart Ring, it may be worth checking out.
The fashionistas at Netatmo created June to help with something a lot of people get too much of: sun exposure. The $129 bracelet is available in three colors and uses sensors imbedded in a decorative metallic portion of the band to alert you not only when you should apply sunscreen but what SPF to use. Unfortunately, that is all it does. And it requires a separate app on your phone to do it. That said, the colors and style are very appealing.
Lastly, Ringly is set to take you back to the days of mood rings. Really. The rectangular ring vibrates and lights up a certain color when alerts come in. For example, a vibration and the ring glowing blue can mean a Facebook notification. A vibration and green? A text message. There are five styles to choose from and with a starting price of $195 this is an acceptable expenditure for something that actually looks like real jewelry.
All of these items would make even the most tech savvy, fashion forward individual stand out in a crowd. All of the features listed here are for both Android and iOS and all can be purchased from the comfort of your own home. Because going out without one of these cutting edge wearables would be so very unfashionable!
Written by: Bob Skrezyna for the 50 Plus Report