Every year, wearable gadgets and devices continue to improve and evolve as new technologies are born and others fade away. Although smart watches and bands seem to dominate this market, fashion and streetwear brands are keeping up with their own innovative, stylish and super-smart products. From rings and neckpieces to designer earphones and sexy sound devices, the choice is vast and varied.
DESIGNER TIME & SOUND – Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon Watch & Louis Vuitton Horizon Earphones
Not only is Louis Vuitton still one of the most aspirational brands in the world it's also at the forefront of the technology curve, incorporating the latest tech into its signature designs.
You're behind the times if you don't own a piece of wearable tech these days. This space is exploding with innovative and super-smart gadgets and accessories, making tracking and analysing almost anything you do an integral part of your life.
The Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon smartwatch has been just been updated for 2019 and has “new exclusive options” for personalising the built-in watch faces. In addition to all the usual smartwatch functionality, a new My Travel feature also gives users some handy features for trips. The dedicated watch faces sync with your hotel, flight or train bookings, as well as your departure and arrival times. Before, during and at the end of your journey, all of your essential travel information is displayed so that you have it constantly on hand. The starting price for this designer beauty is around R34 000 on www.louisvuitton.com
The Louis Vuitton Horizon earphones remain faithful to Louis Vuitton’s timeless values of craftsmanship, to its spirit of travel and outstanding creativity. The architecture of the charging case harmoniously mirrors the shape of the Tambour Horizon Watch with its contemporary, concave lines and it provides the earphones with a total of 10 hours of battery life. A single charge will give 3.5 hours of listening time. This new Louis Vuitton-designed lifestyle accessory works with all Bluetooth devices, as well as with the Tambour Horizon smart watch. For more information: www.louisvuitton.com
SMART FINGERS – Motiv Rings
The iPhone and Android compatible smart ring, Motiv, is sleek, just 8mm wide and comes in rose gold, slate grey and silver finishes of titanium and in seven sizes to fit both male and female fingers.
Inside, it's a fitness tracker that monitors steps, distance, and active minutes, as well as heart rate – thanks to an optical heart rate sensor. The battery lasts five days and it's even waterproof to 50m. New Alexa support means you can check in on your stats, as opposed to barking orders at your finger. Motiv has also introduced new security features that lets you use gestures to log in to accounts like Facebook, Amazon and Google.
R2 600 on www.amazon.com
UNDERSTATED JEWELLERY – Bellabeat Urban Smart Jewellery Health Tracker
The leaf-shaped body of this pendant is made out of recycled wood composite that mimics the look of stone. It's encased in a metal clip that you can get in rose gold or silver. The metal part looks like the abstract veins of a leaf, and it opens up slightly to act as a brooch or a clip.
This water-resistant and eco-friendly little wearable tracks your steps, distance moved, calories burned, sleep patterns, reproductive health, menstrual cycle and stress. Bellabeat Leaf products can be re-synched to a new device at any time through the app.
R2 999 on takealot.com
WEARABLE IMAGERY – Pivothead Durango Sunglasses
With the push of a button, Pivothead Durango glasses capture your memories in stunning full HD video and crystal clear audio. Just push a button to snap a pic from the most unique perspective on the planet – your own. Finally, you can record your life the way you experience it.
Available in bronze and glossy black, this smart eyewear features 1 080/30p video recording and can capture up to 8-megapixel still images, with burst and time-lapse modes available.
A power button and pivot switch provide operational control. Connect your Pivothead sunglasses to your Mac or PC via a USB cable for complete configuration control and file downloading using the Pivothead desktop app.
R3 499 at www.thegadgetshop.co.za