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When Fashion & Technology Meet

Form Meets Function

Cuff - 6 Cuff Bracelets and 3 necklaces on display
Cuff

I used to think it didn’t get any better than Wonder Woman’s golden cuffs and lasso. Looking back of course those things pale in comparison with today’s form meets function gadgets. Really the only thing better would be an invisible aircraft.

There are a number of wearable technology pieces that are not only high-tech, some of them are really great looking. As excited as I was to get my Jawbone fitness tracker, my excitement quickly turned to annoyance. I knew before I ordered it that it wasn’t the loveliest of wearable technology but as long as it worked as claimed I could forego the looks.

In my opinion Jawbone isn’t as intuitive as my previous Fitbit and to wear it as a sleep tracker was rather uncomfortable since it’s a little clunky. Once I figured out how to how to charge it, I had a little difficulty with some of it’s features on my Android phone. With a little patience and trial and error I was able to input foods, drinks and activities but overall I’m disappointed and will have to look at alternatives.

Black leather with Swarovski crystals
Misfit

So when I seen some of the pieces in this article I thought hmmm, I might be able to get a tracker that’s easier to use and pretty to boot. I have to say that I was surprised (although as quickly as life is moving these days I shouldn’t have been) to find that there seems to be no boundaries where technology can be utilized.

Bracelets and necklaces were a given but rings? Yes, there are rings that can receive calls, texts, you name it and they can do it. While I think these are interesting gadgets and there’s positives to wearing them as opposed to carrying a phone, I’d have to draw the line on being contacted via my jewelry.

Safety First

The pieces that really grabbed my attention are those that contact friends/family or even the authorities if the wearer needs assistance. A few weeks ago I did a post on BlingSting, the rhinestone encrusted pepper spray canister which I carry on my key chain. You can read the post HERE.

 Guardian Angel Pendant Necklace
Guardian Angel

In view of the national statistics on sexual assaults and violence against women and men one cannot be too safe. Even going on a date with someone you really don’t know well can end up being a nightmare if you’re not properly prepared. The obvious things like driving your vehicle and meeting in a very public place are great but what happens when, in the middle of dinner you get that feeling something’s not right? There are apps that will signal your phone to ring as well as contact friends or family that you’ve already designated to give you a reason to excuse yourself from the date.

Here’s some interesting statistics from www.rainn.org via BlingSting:

  • One in every four women will be sexually assaulted on a college campus
  • Every 2 minutes, someone in the US is sexually assaulted
  • 80% of victims are under the age of 30 years old
  • Most assaults are perpetrated by someone the victim knows
  • Assaults on women over iPhones are on the rise
MICA (My Intelligent Communication Accessory) Cuff Bracelet
MICA

1. Cuff – is an activity, tracking and alert device. Based on what I’ve found Cuff offers the widest selection of jewelry from which to choose. Very sleek designs, gold with a little black incorporated.

  • Chip is inserted into jewelry
  • Notification when someone calls or texts
  • Notifies you when you leave your phone
  • Operates as a fitness tracker (when using the app on your phone you can track your activity goals, input foods eaten, calories burned,
  • If you need help push a button and it notifies friends and family of your location
  • Charges in a Smart Jewelry Box at night
  • Necklaces, cuff bracelets,

2. Misfit – is an activity and sleep tracker. The 4 Swarovski pieces displayed on the site are divine. Here is the description taken from the Misfit website on one of the bracelets:

  • “The set includes an elegant Swarovski Shine Activity Tracking Crystal with a blue velvet pouch, a sleek sport band and a trendy Slake bracelet made for Shine. Featuring a fully faceted crystal in a Swarovski exclusive cut, the activity tracker measures your activities and sleep, and syncs with your smartphone. Take your everyday look to the next level by wearing your Shine with the Slake bracelet carrier in light gray Alcantara® fabric with clear crystals. Swarovski Shine used with the white silicone sport band is waterproof to 50 m. Both bands are adjustable and are also compatible with Misfit Shine.”

3. GuardianAngel – elegant oval-shaped silver pendant.

  • Can be worn as a necklace or bracelet
  • Press the button once and it will trigger a fake call when on an uncomfortable date
  • Can send an SOS to a designated number
  • GPS locator

4. MICA (My Intelligent Communication Accessory) – is a computer in a cuff bracelet. The bracelet is beautiful and following is the description from Opening Ceremony’s website

  • “Designed by Opening Ceremony and powered by Intel, it’s a beautiful bracelet first, a brilliant piece of wearable technology second. Running independently from your iPhone, MICA delivers discreet text messages, Gmail VIP notifications, Facebook calendar alerts, Yelp recommendations, and even a “Time to Go” feature that sends smart appointment reminders based on location. All this on a 1.6-inch sapphire touchscreen, set in snakeskin with an 18k gold finish and adorned with pearls, lapis, obsidian, and tiger’s eye. Who needs diamonds?”

Though I love technology, at my age I’m less concerned with wearing a watch, bracelet, or any other piece of jewelry that tethers me to a phone or computer. Now wearing a piece that works as a tracker and can help keep me safe, that’s the ticket.

“If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger.” ~Frank Lloyd Wright

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2 thoughts on “When Fashion & Technology Meet

  1. Wow! Just wow! I feel like we’ve finally reached the Jetson Age! Wouldn’t you imagine one of the above would have been worn by Jane Jetson in our childhood cartoons? These are remarkable and really attractive too. I am waiting for our nail polish to receive texts! Good job, Steph!

    1. Thank you Steph. Yeah and post earrings too!! It’s so crazy. And here I was upset because my kids asked me when they were little if there was television back in my day lol.

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