With the M2M technology rapidly evolving and wearable electronics is taking their significant place in this process, the convergence of wearable technology and consumer electronics is inevitable.
Wearables has greatly influenced consumer electronics market, driven by the increase in demand for electronic devices that help improve fitness and health.
These wearable electronics are generating much success in the healthcare sector as they can collect critical information from the patients which will not only benefit the patient itself but health care professionals and providers. The most common wearable health electronics in the market today are smart wristbands, smart watches that help monitor patient’s heart rate. Other more advance inventions such as electronic contact lenses that has microchips and glucose sensors to monitor blood sugar levels, and biostamp temporary tattoos used to monitor patients remotely without the hassle of being strapped to a machine for hours. Imagine how these devices has altered the face of healthcare. Wearable technology and electronics are, with no doubt, remarkably reshaping the near future.
But what does the fashion industry have to say to this? Pretty much, the fashion industry dictates the trends in how people look. However, the fashion industry is now slowly adopting a new concept that people will start wearing clothes not just to look good but to communicate. For people who loves to be fashionable and trendy and not necessary fitness-crazed, wearables such as Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit may be a good way to keep up with the trends in wearable electronics. Unquestionable, the fashion industry not only dictates the trends, it also dictates the consumers’ desires and their spending habit, thus the new smart fabric technFology market has emerged, where smart textiles are now becoming widely recognized.
However, there are still issues on its full integration as both fashion and electronics need to avoid getting into a compromise, sacrificing aesthetics and functionality. Ultimately, a product has to look fashionable and cutting edge for consumers to really buy it.
Clovis Lacerda, CEO of LeadingQuest and Parlacom Brazil, when asked about the company’s stand on this fast growing trend, said:
“Let’s face it, fashion trends are being digitized while gadgets are getting more fashionable. The convergence is inevitable since the already thin line between technology and fashion is getting thinner with various wearable technologies emerging in the market, giving not just consumers the options on what to buy, but providing developers and providers as well a much wider scope and area to expand as far as increasing sales force on vertical markets is concerned.”
“That is why we are looking at expanding on those markets in the very near future.” He further added.
Although, the fashion industry has made quite a statement on the possibility of converging fashion and technology with Nicole Scherzinger’s twitter dress and Black Eyed Peas members wearing LEDs and OLEDs on their costumes at “The Beginning” Tour in Paris, the evolution of wearable technology has just begun…