Fashion has always had a way of pushing buttons and boundaries. The next step, with our society relying so heavily on technology, seems to be mixing the two. It makes sense to an extent; we all wear clothes and we all use phones. The future promises some strange but potentially revolutionary changes in fashion and technology, giving its wearer significant advantages, some of which you might wish you had right now. Below are five examples of wearable technology proposed by the future.
- Kinetic Shoes - already tested successfully, the Kinetic shoe will use your footsteps to create electricity that could be used to charge your phone or other devices. The struggle at the moment seems to be creating enough electricity in this way to successfully charge a phone, but the principle is there. When this technology is fully operational, given that they have already figured out how to charge phones wirelessly, it could be used to charge your phone constantly from your pocket.
- Contact Lense PA - this futuristic option, which does look like something from a science fiction film, could see people navigating through the applications on their phone without ever having to use it. Using retina movement, small contact lenses will be fitted with technology allowing their wearer to view news, documents or even have online conversations overlayed on their own vision. Using applications such as Siri or Google, this will effectively act as a 24/7 personal assistant.
- Solar Powered Clothes - similar to the kinetic shoes, there will soon be jackets that have solar panels built into them, allowing their user to gather and store energy throughout the day. This could then be used to charge any devices that person may have, or could even be gathered and sold off using some sort of feed-in tariff.
- Transparency - a similar idea was explored in Dave Eggers’ The Circle (later made into a film starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks), there will soon be small cameras (similar to GoPro’s but less noticeable) which will allow its wearer to broadcast every aspect of their day should they wish to. With the success of social media apps like Snapchat where people are perfectly happy to show their location and upload daily stories, it’s hard to believe that this technology will not catch on.
- Medical Implants - fitness technology was among the first applications of the wearables concept. The smart watches, for instance, that are able to monitor heart rate, fat-loss were a huge hit among apple users, with other companies quickly following suit. The next step to this, is to have watches or even implants that are able to monitor your body in more detail, allowing its wearer to sleep easy knowing that any physical ailment will be spotted by their wearable.