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Some of the newest wearable tech out there isn’t what you’d expect. It’s not a wristband or a watch or an armband. It’s wearable in the simplest sense – it’s clothes. Tech developers these days are teaming up with textile and clothing designers to create clothing with tech capabilities, like charging your phone, protecting your data, and even controlling your smartphone from a distance. Here’s a peek at some of these amazing wearables and what they can do:
1. Ralph Lauren Polo Tech Shirt
No matter what your sport, if you’re an athlete you want to be able to track your performance. Even if you’re not a pro, you probably want to see how you’re progressing with your workouts and training. With the Ralph Lauren Polo Tech shirt, you can forget about wearing a heart rate monitor or special wristband to do that – all you have to wear is the shirt.
This high-tech shirt has biosensing silver fibers woven directly into its fabric. The fibers are able to pick up information and send it directly to your smartphone or tablet. You can learn track your distance, calories burned, intensity of movement, heart rate, stress rate, and more just by wearing this shirt when you work out.
Though it’s not yet available to order, the Ralph Lauren site promises it will be sometime this year, and you can sign up for email updates to be the first to know when it’s ready.
2. Norton Jeans
Cyber security isn’t only important when you’re online with your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Did you know that cyber thieves can steal your personal information, including credit card info, right out of your pockets?
Pickpockets of the 21st century can use RFID readers to scan what’s in your pockets and steal information from it. Sounds crazy, but it’s true. That’s why Betabrand teamed up with Norton to create the READY Jeans with RFID reader-blocking technology in the pockets.
They look like classic dark wash jeans, but the front and back pockets are both protected by Norton technology. And even though they’re high-tech, these jeans are still machine-washable. You can grab a pair at Betabrand.com.
3. Opening Ceremony Phone Charging Jacket
Isn’t is just so annoying when you go out for the day, only have your phone die around lunch time? Then you’re stuck looking for places to charge your phone in the least awkward way for the rest of the day. Those days can be a thing of the past if you have the OC phone charging varsity jacket.
The jacket is a classic varsity jacket design, but it’s got a secret in the pocket – a charging cord compatible with iPhone and Android. Now anytime you need to charge up, you can just keep your phone in your pocket like everyone else, but unlike everybody else you never worry about running out of juice.
Right now the OC phone charging jacket is out of stock, but you can opt to “keep an eye on it” and get an email update when it’s available again.
4. Google Levis
What would an article about new technology be without a mention of Google? As usual, Google is at the forefront of new wearable tech as they’ve teamed up with Levi’s to create a totally new kind of tech-integrated jeans.
Called Project Jacquard, the goal of the project is to create a kind of fabric to allow wearable tech to be gesture-interactive. So far, all the of wearable tech available either gathers or blocks information, but it’s not user-interactive. The goal of the Google and Levi’s joint project is to make clothing that users can interact with.
So far, no clothing of this type is on the market, but they’re hoping to have it ready as early as next year. Check out this video to find out more about the project: