Wearable technology once again took centre stage at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week with a slew of new devices unveiled to the public.
Smart watches and 3D printing devices were well represented, alongside more quirky designs like a wearable drone that can wrap around your wrist. But some of the more practical and unique ideas presented included self-adjusting belts, solar-powered smart jewellery, and a music-playing satchel.
Addressing the variable size of consumers’ waistlines as they go about their daily life, Belty is a smart belt that slims and expands to suit the comfort of the wearer as they move around (particularly sitting down) and eat.
The belt prototype, which has been designed by Paris-based startup Emiota, works by tracking tension on sensors fitted throughout the belt that then sync to an app. It can also warn wearers if they’ve been sitting still for too long. The belt is expected to go on sale later this year, but prices have not yet been revealed.
Wearable tech firm Misfit has teamed up with Swarovski to launch Swarovski Shine Activity Crystals in pendants and wristbands that can track the wearer’s steps, distance, calories burned, and both sleep quality and duration. One of the crystals is also able to power itself using patented energy crystal solar-charging technology. The collection is available for pre-order in the US and is being sold in sets priced between $169.99 (£112) and $249.99 (£165).
Meanwhile Stelle Audio unveiled its Earbud Locket comprising a jewelled necklace with Bluetooth earbuds attached that can be stored inside the locket when not in use. The locket, which can be used to listen to music or answer phone calls, will be available early this year for $199 (£132).
Lepow has sought to add tech to bags through its HiSmart Pack which syncs via Bluetooth to a phone or tablet, and buttons in the strap let wearers answer calls and listen to music when headphones are plugged in. Users can also drop pins to identify their location on Google Maps. HiSmart will also vibrate when a notification is received.
Made from waterproof canvas, Italian leather and German hardware, the HiSmart bag comes in black and brown, and will launch on Indiegogo crowdfunding site in March, with a retail price of $299 (£198).
Julianna He, chief operating officer of Lepow , said: “Our lifestyles have gone digital, but bag design essentially hasn’t changed for decades. The HiSmart bag is the next step in wearables and will be the first to turn what we think of as a ‘dumb’ or ‘pure-fashion’ object on its head.”