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Wearable Tech: Sleek or geek?

23 June 2014, 13:14Nadia Boucher Coombe

Cape Town - While joking with classmates at ITP, NYU's Interactive Telecommunication Program, Andrew Schneider came up with the idea of making a beer cooler using solar panels and ended up making a solar powered bikini.

This happened back in 2011.

The bikini is capable of charging your cellphone or iPod while you soak up the rays. The high-tech garment comprises of thin, flexible photovoltaic film strips and USB connectors, woven together with conductive thread.

Each bikini, entirely hand-stitched, requiring an average of 80 hours to make. Let’s be honest, cool idea, but it didn’t exactly take off.

Fashion and technology are two cutting-edge worlds that co-ordinate very well together, pushing each other to new heights.

Technology has had an amazing impact on fashion and today the wearable technology market, informally known as “wearables”, is riding the crest of the wave, from smart watches like the SAMSUNG GEAR NEO 2 to headsets and activity trackers, think the Nike+ FuelBand.

Wealthy early adopters like tech fashionistas, fitness fanatics and geeky-types with expendable cash all showed interest but the hype around these gadgets looks like its starting to fade.

Unless prices drop or a wearable launches that becomes an essential tech gadget like a smartphone, the whole genre could be seen as a bit of a fashion fad.

What’s your take? Do you own any wearable tech?

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