For a number of years now, I have been following this industry.
I love wearable technology. For starters, I have a fitbit on my wrist at almost all times. For someone who has a data obsession to begin with, there’s really nothing better than having a constant flow of data. About myself, no less.
But beyond that, I have been keeping an eye on all wearable technology.
If the truth be known, we haven’t really found that huge breakthrough that brings it all mainstream and into the lives of every human being. We are getting close, and this is my favorite time in any industry…when the possibilities are endless.
I was working in the field of marketing and advertising when the Internet came along. I begged, pleaded, talked to superiors, made presentations, wrote papers, power points, sent emails telling anyone who would listen that this was the future of retail. The future of basically everything.
The early reaction from executives…yes many VERY highly paid executives…was that the web was a passing fad. Seriously.
But not everyone felt that way, and when more voices chimed in, things began to change.
I feel the same about wearable technology.
We basically have no idea where any of this is going, but it’s going somewhere. Now is the fun part..where all the entrepreneurs get to try things, where the experimenters get to experiment.
Last year, I made a vest using Adafruit’s circuitry. Here’s a link to the end result, but if you want to see the whole process, just click “previous” on the post and it will take you backward through the whole painful journey. (FYI…I wasn’t a STEM student…when I grew up STEM was part of a flower).
Ah, but now, people like Karl Lagerfeld are on board. His whole spring 2017 fashion collection had a technology theme. But my favorite is the large clutch.
I had to laugh at the reaction of the crowd. Once you’ve built something, it’s not hard to understand how it’s done. But before, it’s a mystery held only by physicists.
The latest thing I’ve seen is this bag from Lisa Perry and Leo Villareal.
Again, it’s another bag that lights up, but trust me LED lights are fascinating to watch, and they are very bright. We humans are so attracted to bright, shiny, flashy things.
Not everyone is working with the blinking lights though. Here’s a great article from WIRED magazine about high tech fabric that helps to cool you down during a workout.
But by far my favorite so far has been this lovely fiber optic Cinderella gown from Zac Posen. So lovely.
I haven’t given up on any of my sewing, quilting and embroidery. But if I were ever to start over, this would be my new field. Who knows? I might have a third act left in me!