Smart Style: The Evolution of Wearable Tech

Wearable technology has become increasingly popular in recent years as more consumers start to take advantage of the benefits. However, modern-day wearable tech has gone through many transitions on its way to becoming what it is today. Since 1975, style has been meeting with function to provide users with trendy wearable tech that can make everyday tasks more convenient.

Modern-day smart watches come equipped with a range of functionalities from playing music to receiving social media updates, monitoring your heart rate, tracking sleep patterns, counting steps and so much more. These high-tech devices offer users the opportunity to streamline their lives, record important data and conduct everyday tasks more conveniently. To truly appreciate the benefits of modern tech, it’s worth taking a look back to see how far we have come.

Continue reading to learn how wearable tech has evolved to become the modern solution that we have today.

The Calculator Watch

In 1975, the first calculator watches started to hit the shelves and were an immediate hit with consumers. This was the first real combination of style and functionality and, many argue, the first accessible piece of wearable technology. Calculator watches evolved in their own right over time, including more functions and onboard memory to perform additional functionality. The calculator watch gave birth to the idea that wearable tech could be stylish and would be adopted by mainstream culture.

Portable Music Players

In the late 70’s portable cassette players, also known as Walkmans, exploded in popularity. Once these devices became available in 1979, it completely changed how people listened to music. The portable music player offered users a unique experience and a personalised approach to listening to their music. Walkmans were typically equipped with a belt clip so that they could be worn, quickly leading to them becoming an important fashion statement in youth culture all over the world.

Fitness Trackers

The fitness industry continues to be a huge player in the global market. With more information available than ever before about health, diet and fitness, more people are beginning to wise up and pay attention to their well-being. Gym memberships have become more affordable and working out has become trendy. When fitness trackers were launched in 2008, they were immediately the in-thing. This wearable technology allowed users to track their steps, heart rate, stress levels, sleeping patterns and more. With this data, users can track their workouts to monitor their progress with ease.

Smartwatches

With all of this wearable technology coming before it, the inevitable conclusion was the modern-day smartwatch. Designed to be used instead of a regular watch, these devices can be paired with your smartphone to offer a range of different features and fitness tracking capabilities. Smartwatches can receive push notifications for email and social media updates, play music, track your heart rate and so much more.

The most advanced smartwatches on the market offer users an incredible amount of functionality. These more advanced watches are also built from tough, durable materials so they can stand up to constant use in the most challenging conditions. Smartwatch batteries are improving all the time with most current models only requiring periodic charging.

Stylish Smart Watch Technology Will Continue To Improve

As technology continues to advance, the sky’s the limit for the capabilities of smartwatch technology. With more smart technology being integrated into homes, it’s only a matter of time before your watch will be paired with your home. As well as being able to track your fitness achievements and play music, you may also be able to monitor your home security system, change the temperature on your thermostat or control your garage door. With smartwatch technology expected to continue to develop, the future looks exciting for wearable tech.

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