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Vibrating jeans and airbag vests: the best tech from CES

US tech fair the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) returned to Las Vegas this week with a host of new wearable technology.

Vibrating jeans

Vibrating jeans

Spinali Design’s vibrating denim

Wearable tech firm Spinali Design revealed its Essential jeans, which tell the wearer which direction to take by sending vibrations down their left or rights sides, indicating which way to turn. The jeans connect to the user’s smartphone and apps through Bluetooth and are also able to alert wearers to incoming calls, texts, emails or set an alarm using the vibrations.

Retail prices range from $87 (£70) for a pair of shorts to $109 (£88) for jeans.

A pollution-fighting scarf was also on display at the show. Invented by French start-up Clausette, the Wair scarf features a wearable air purifier to remove dust and bacteria and can be pulled up around the wearer’s mouth, aiming to help those cycling in polluted cities.

Elsewhere at the show, wearables with built in airbags emerged as a trend. Active Protective showed off its smart belt, which deploys airbags over the hips of the wearer if they take a tumble. Similarly, In Motion has designed a smart ski vest that inflates in less than 100 milliseconds.

Cruise line Carnival also unveiled a wearable gadget, the Ocean Medallion. Designed to be worn as a necklace, keychain or carried in a customer’s pocket, the device will connect with the ship’s onboard systems to create a seamless experience for passengers, from ordering meals and drinks to unlocking cabin doors as they approach.

Innovations at last year’s show included Belty, a smart belt from tech start-up Emiota that expands and contracts to suit the user, and smart bags from California-based mobile accessories brand Lepow, which syncs via Bluetooth to a phone or tablet.

 

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