Technology has transformed almost every aspect of our lives, from the ways in which we communicate, to how we pay for things.
Thanks to the advent of smart technology, we are now entering a new age of wearables, with even our most traditional accessories receiving a technological twist.
From health-conscious wristbands to contactless payment jewelry, here are our top five most innovative picks from the next generation of wearable gadgets.
The Classic Necklace
There was once a time when jewelry was a purely aesthetic accessory, perhaps also holding some sentimental value. Of course, in the age of smart technology, a necklace is no longer simply a necklace, and the most state-of-the-art pendants are now capable of doing much more than just sitting pretty.
One of the most innovative takes on the traditional necklace is the Athena device created by ROAR, which, when pressed, emits a loud alarm and automatically sends a text message to your designated emergency contacts, alerting them of your current location.
Available in silver, black, or gold and wearable as a necklace or an attachable bag or belt accessory, Athena is a prime example of how smart technology is leading a revolution in safety, all under the inconspicuous disguise of everyday jewelry.
The Traditional Timepiece
There is nothing like a classic timepiece for making a fashion statement, but it seems gone are the days when all your wristwatch could do was tell the time.
There is no end to the impressive functions that smartwatches have to offer, and the most innovative smartwatches will no doubt make your life easier on a daily basis. From giving directions, to connecting to your phone and sending messages from afar, smart wrist wear is the most compact way to access all the resources you need.
Some models even allow you to shop online, play music and reply to emails on the go, without ever having to rifle through your bag or delve into your pocket.
What’s more, these technological perks don’t necessarily have to come at the price of fashion, with many smartwatches incorporating the stylistic features of the much-loved traditional watch, such as beautiful dials and elegant straps or bracelets.
The Everyday Ring
Just when you thought contactless payment couldn’t get any easier, smart technology brought us the contactless payment ring. The world’s first payment ring without needing contact has been created by Kerv, and combines all the ease of one-touch payment with the aesthetics of a subtle and simplistic band available in a range of sizes.
The Kerv adds yet another dimension of convenience to daily life, providing the perfect solution to those times when carrying a wallet or purse is more of a hindrance than a help, such as jogging.
Equally, you need never again be caught out by forgetting your wallet. One of the most extraordinary features of the Kerv is that it never needs charging, and, like any great wearable, is suitably style conscious by being available in a choice of colors.
The Standard Bracelet
As well as revolutionizing the way we pay for things, smart technology is taking health and fitness by storm. It has never been easier to monitor and improve your health, with fitness bracelets guiding you every step of the way.
These versatile wristbands can measure everything from heart rate to sleep quality, combining all the things you need to track your wellbeing in a compact, wearable accessory.
Another modern-day take on the ordinary bracelet is the newly smart and interactive friendship bracelet, allowing wearers to send messages to fellow users via Bluetooth pairing. Again, smart bracelets are not limited to the tech sphere, with many fashion houses incorporating smart functions into extremely stylish designs.